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To ask you what you ended up doing with your law degree

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caramelonion Thu 09-Nov-17 19:38:07

Namechange but been on here for a while (not that i've ever posted anything exciting anyway). Pinky promise I'm not a lazy journalist.
Almost all of the careers stuff at uni pertains to corporate law, which I don't think I'd fancy. We were also recently set a piece of reading about depression amongst femal lawyers which was... disheartening...!
I have no clue what I'm aiming for, really.
So AIBU to ask what career you ended up in after doing a law degree and why?

JohnLapsleyParlabane Thu 09-Nov-17 19:40:23

Civil Service

Diamondsandpears Thu 09-Nov-17 19:48:17

Of the ones I know that qualified and practised then had DCs all were SAHM for a bit then a few did teaching. Others did non related part time work. Law is not very mother friendly.

Me264 Thu 09-Nov-17 19:50:29

Well i'm a solicitor, not a corporate lawyer though, there are so many other practice areas so don't write it off just because you don't fancy corporate law.

Friends from uni who didn't become lawyers are doing a variety of things really. One teacher, one accountant, one in marketing, one went into a major supermarket grad scheme.

Dontknowwhattodonowok Thu 09-Nov-17 19:51:26

Nothing. I got a QLD but decided not to do my LPC because I couldn’t afford it and was desperate to get into work.

I now work for a startup business but use what I learned very often- reading and understanding contracts, protecting client data and generally being able to digest big chunks of terms and conditions. I’m glad I did my degree, if nothing else it teaches you how to form a bloody good argument and write a very, very good email/letter!

RockinRobinTweets Thu 09-Nov-17 19:53:42

Used it like any other degree and got on a graduate scheme - you can use it like you would a history degree etc

Festivecheer26 Thu 09-Nov-17 19:53:46

Tax advisor - preferred the tax law courses at uni and had also studied accountancy so it was a good mix of both subjects.

bringonyourwreckingball Thu 09-Nov-17 19:54:15

I’m a professional support lawyer. I was a practising lawyer at various corporate firms until I had kids. This was never my aspiration but it works, DH is also a lawyer so works stupid hours and we couldn’t both do that. I sometimes wish i’d thought it through rather than just throwing in the towel on my career but I was coming out of a very stressful time so it seemed sensible at the time

bluechameleon Thu 09-Nov-17 19:54:40

I'm a teacher in a special school. Law wasn't really for me.

magpiemay Thu 09-Nov-17 19:54:44

Not enough! I’m currently a compliance manager in the leasehold property management sector.

Thoroughly regretting not doing my LPC.

Can’t afford a pay cut now to get back on track to qualifying.

emma8t4 Thu 09-Nov-17 19:54:48

I know 2 people with law degrees one works for a charity in fundraising she manages a couple of big corporate clients. Another decided to become a Quantity Surveyor.

Si1ver Thu 09-Nov-17 19:54:54

Working in IT

MooPointCowsOpinion Thu 09-Nov-17 19:55:09

I worked as a finance lawyer for a wile then made a career change to be a maths teacher when we had children.

I am knackered, but as least I get 3 days to rest in the summer sometimes...

NeverTwerkNaked Thu 09-Nov-17 19:56:08

In -house lawyer. I’m v lucky though to have carved out a good niche whereby I essentially set my own hours (school hours plus evenings once kids are in bed). We are getting more and more talented lawyers apply to work with us in- house because we allow flexibility but the work is v good quality.

Lules Thu 09-Nov-17 19:56:17

I'm an academic because I realised I liked studying all the interesting bits more than practising.

Others I know who didn't go into law went into the civil service, management consultancy, a charity for DV victims (there is a lot of law which isn't corporate remember), professional services within law firms, lots of different things.

iwantthegroundtoswallowmeup Thu 09-Nov-17 19:59:14

I did fuck all with mine - sorry not helpful. None of my uni friends did either (graduated in 2011). Now I work in financial services. I am currently doing a BSc with the Open University and working as a Data Analyst in financial services. I do feel that I’ve wasted £21k

Walnutwhiplash Thu 09-Nov-17 20:06:58

Did a masters, worked in b2b publishing for years, now unemployed

redmarkone Thu 09-Nov-17 20:19:46

i qualified and stayed in the profession ... 5 whole years grin. i now earn half the salary as an admin person but feel so much happier. Mum and Dad still are gutted that i wasted all their money. I do feel bad but looking back, I should never have been a Solicitor.

patientzero Thu 09-Nov-17 20:22:43

Another civil servant here. The degree and postgrad do come in handy but I’m not a lawyer and I could do my job without the qualifications

thehairyhog Thu 09-Nov-17 20:22:51

'Of the ones I know that qualified and practised then had DCs all were SAHM for a bit then a few did teaching. Others did non related part time work. Law is not very mother friendly.'

Ha, totally me! I was doing family law.

redmarkone Thu 09-Nov-17 20:24:43

i left as i found it not very family-friendly.

KenAdams Thu 09-Nov-17 20:25:34

Lots of people with law degrees end up in compliance, governance, procurement, public policy and parliament. It's a great degree and I use elements of my degree every day.

nong45 Thu 09-Nov-17 20:32:08

I don’t understand the attitude that unless you got a first class degree, work for a big name in corporate, earn big £££ and burn yourself out you’ve not made it as a lawyer. I’m a ‘lowly’ high street solicitor. I work for individual clients not companies and may not have the big city salary but my job is really interesting, worthwhile and flexible.

Quimby Thu 09-Nov-17 20:37:35

Criminal barrister but will probably end up in compliance or hopefully funds in a few years as the money is so poor.

ginteresting Thu 09-Nov-17 20:44:42

Dh studied law, didn’t do LPC. He works in a senior HR role within a predominantly female dominated environment.

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