Skills for Success
Graduates from our law programme have one of the highest levels of employment of any graduating cohort at Newcastle University.
Completing your degree at Newcastle Law School equips you with a variety of useful skills, sought after by all types of employer, including:
- capacity for logical and critical thought
- excellent oral and written communication skills
- ability to make a persuasive argument on the basis of factual information and theoretical knowledge of the law
- high levels of computer literacy
- interpersonal skills
- ability to conduct independent research, collate large amounts of materials and produce relevant responses from data
A Law degree offers you the opportunity to embark upon a diverse range of careers. At Newcastle Law School, we'll help you to develop the skills and knowledge that you need to make the most of your potential.
Imtiaz Ahmad, 1994 Law graduate
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
"Studying law equips the student with analytical and problem solving skills, including the ability to analyse material, identify the salient points and summarise the conclusions in concise, objective written or spoken form. Such skill sets are directly applicable to a career in the commercial world."
Links to the Professions
We pride ourselves upon our links with the legal profession and regulatory agencies based in the region. We make every effort to ensure that our students enjoy the benefit of these links.
Working in partnership with Newcastle solicitors
We arrange a series of events with representatives from law firms to make sure that you are fully informed, at each stage of your degree, on how to market yourself to potential employers.
From induction week onwards we bring the law firms to you to give you up-to-date advice on the legal professions and to answer your questions.
Solicitors from local firms will judge the performance of every first year student in the Law School's Client Interviewing Competition, helping our students to hone their legal skills from the outset of their studies.
Many prominent regional and national law firms and law organizations generously assist us with sponsorship. There are prizes for out-standing performance, including solicitors and legal organizations such as:
- DLA Piper
- Bond Dickinson
- Arnold & Porter
- Newcastle upon Tyne Incorporate Law Society
- Northern Disputes Resolutions
- Medico-Legal Society
As well as prizes from bequests to the Law School and prizes from law publishers. Other activities are sponsored by law firms.
Ward Hadaway and SSD also sponsor student scholarships which are competitive and awarded to students entering stage 2 of the LLB.
The successful Ward Hadaway scholars and SSD scholars are also awarded work placements under the terms of the scholarships.
Cartmell Shepherd, solicitors, kindly sponsor our senior mooting competition, also providing assistance to create our new state-of-the-art Mooting Room.
Last year we were honoured when Lord Hope of Craghead, Deputy President of the Supreme Court, acted as judge for the Cartmell Shepherd Senior Mooting Competition.
Co-operation with the North-East Circuit Barristers
Local Barristers help out at Newcastle Law School, including dropping by to judge rounds of the inter-mural Cartmell-Shepherd Senior Mooting Competition or to adjudicate upon the prestigious inter-varsity mooting competitions in which the brightest advocates in the Law School compete.
Links to Newcastle Combined Courts
We have excellent links with the Newcastle Combined Court Centre, the hub of legal activity in North East England. Every year, we bring our students on Court Visits to familiarize themselves with the workings of the criminal and civil justice systems.
Judges sitting at the Combined Courts regularly visit the law school to share their insights into the legal profession with our students and to judge student mooting competitions.
Environmental Agency Internships
Each year the School and the Environment Agency give one postgraduate student the opportunity to work with the Environment Agency's Environmental Crime Team in Newcastle as an Environmental Crime Technical Assistant.
We commit ourselves to helping students with their employability and employment.
Personal Tutors offer a first line of student support by checking student CVs and offering initial career advice. Activities like mooting and client interviewing will not only enrich your learning experience and let you meet new people, they also prepare you for your future careers.
Careers support in the Law School
There are also talks from people in practice to inform students and prepare for what to expect from the professions.
For more information on the careers support offered by Newcastle Law School, please contact Patrick Nash.
Newcastle University's Careers Service
Our Careers Service are dedicated to helping students in all aspects of career planning and job search, including specific advice about the legal professions.
They offer a whole range of support to maximize your potential.
We hold regular talks to help you think about what you want to do and how to do it, with key information such as when, where and how to apply.
The Service also provides individual and group advice, including information about different careers, help with applications and interview skills, information about internships and work experience and gap years. Find out more about Newcastle University's Careers Service
Each year, in conjunction with the Careers Service, Newcastle Law School organizes the Law Careers Fair, giving you the opportunity to meet legal employers.
The Careers Service also organize fairs like Job Fast and Newcastle Graduate Recruitment Fair which are intended for students of any discipline and open up opportunities for our students seeking careers outside law.
Choosing your Career
The legal professions offer great career prospects, high salaries and personal job satisfaction.
The Bachelor of Laws programme (LLB) is a 'qualifying degree' for English and Welsh legal professional examinations. This means that students can proceed to the professional phase of legal education to become a solicitor or a barrister following graduation. A Newcastle LLB can also constitute a 'qualifying degree' for Northern Irish legal professional examinations, with the right optional modules, on which we can advise.
Many of our students go on to complete further training and professional experience to qualify as solicitors and barristers.
To complete your qualification process as a solicitor after a law degree, you need to undertake vocational training through the Legal Practice Course (LPC). This is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course. You must then gain two years of professional experience as a "trainee solicitor".
To use your law degree to become a barrister, you must first join one of the four Inns of Court and complete the one-year Bar Professional Training Court (BPTC) and then undergo practical training under the supervision of a qualified barrister (pupillage).
Once qualified, a solicitor or barrister may choose either to enter into private practice or employment with organizations such as the civil service, large companies, the Crown Prosecution Service or local authorities.
In the future, there are likely to be opportunities for solicitors and barristers to work within Alternative Business Structures including: organizations attracting outside investment, multi-profession organizations, international organizations or high-street brands providing legal services (eg Co-op Legal Services).
A law degree is not only a route to the legal professions. A law degree opens up a wide vista of possible careers. The degree ultimately prepares students for just about any career that requires critical thought, excellent communication skills and independent work.
A significant number of our law graduates are recruited by accountancy firms. Others go into management, insurance, banking, teaching, public relations, the civil service and the armed forces.
Recent, more unusual paths chosen by our graduates have included the theatre, a representative of a farmers' union and a commercial pilot.
For further information on planning your career in Law visit the Careers Service page specifically set up for the Legal profession.