Information for Employers
Each year Lancaster University Law School produces around 160 new law graduates with LLBs and a further 25-50 with higher degrees from both taught postgraduate programmes (LLM degrees) and from our research degree programme (LLM, MPhil and PhD degrees).
We believe our graduates offer something a little different from those of many other universities and, more obviously, from those of other disciplines. Around 50-55% proceed to the vocational stage of training for the legal profession, whilst others make careers in banking, tax, financial services, contracts management, general management, the civil service, law enforcement, the media, NGOs, and international bodies, to mention just some.
What do our graduates have to offer (apart from a knowledge of law)?
High standards: Lancaster has not seen the massive "grade inflation" employers have noted in many universities - it remains hard to get a good honours degree from Lancaster.
Good "hard" transferable skills: Law graduates have had three years' training in analytical thinking, attention to detail, understanding fine distinctions, handling complex factual scenarios (both in the real cases they read, and in the fictitious cases we present them for their "advice" week in, week out, through the whole 3 years), and constructing cogent and persuasive arguments.
Good "soft" skills: Lancaster has long enjoyed a reputation for innovative teaching and assessment practices. Although the good old examination remains vitally important in our assessment process, we also teach and assess through team projects, presentations, debates, moots (mock appeal cases) and negotiations (some of which last for weeks). We don't claim we are producing fully-trained negotiators or advocates - we are a university, not a vocational training school - but our graduates have made a real start in developing real skills for the real world of business and the professions, and are excellent team players.
Law is one of the oldest subjects in the university curriculum. Mediaeval universities in Bologna, Paris, Oxford and Cambridge prepared their students to be clergymen, medical men, and lawyers, though at Oxford and Cambrige, for centuries, the law taught was Roman law and ecclesiastical law, which governed property, wills, marriage, maritime law, and international trade until early in the 19th century. The law taught in English universities is now English law, but one thing has not changed: it is still respected as one of the most rigorous of all the university disciplines, with a tradition of the highest standards.
Lawyers are, above all, analytical thinkers, able to apply relentless logic to problems, make fine distinctions, and seek subtle solutions. These are skills of value to the worlds of commerce and industry as well as to the legal profession. Lancaster University Law School has a tradition, since we began life in 1978, of teaching law not simply as a discrete system of rules and arcane practices, but as a phenomenon at the heart of society, firmly rooted in the broader social, economic and commercial context. The School has, in the last few years, also taken considerable steps to strengthen the commercial side, with a number of appointments of commercial and business law experts to the staff, and is committed to the continued vitality and growth of business-related law courses.
The Law School welcomes expressions of interest from employers wishing to communicate with our students, whether through presentations, information campaigns (eg, posters or emails advising them of career opportunities), business games or placement opportunities. If your firm would be interested in putting its message to Lancaster students, please contact the Law School's Careers Officer, Philip Lawton.