Your career options

Law clinic

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Putting what you learn in lectures into practice is the best way to develop your legal skills. In our Essex Law Clinic you'll work alongside practising lawyers to advise real clients on real issues.

At Essex, we don't make assumptions about your career choices. Many of our graduates go on to work in law while many develop other careers in the public, private and third sectors.

Helping you achieve your goals

From the start of your course, we challenge you to think deeply, broadly and strategically about career paths. Over the first two years, alongside law subjects, you will take the module LW111 Career Management Skills designed to help you identify personal strengths and goals, understand what employers (both within and outside law) are looking for and enhance your employability profile.

Our mantra is: be realistically ambitious. This involves understanding yourself and the rapidly changing and increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. Throughout your time at Essex, advisors in our Employability and Careers Centre, working closely with colleagues in our School, are available to help you formulate your career plan.

We'll help you enhance your CV while you study and understand the routes to professional qualification available to you.

Skills

Studying law gives you a wide and versatile range of skills that are highly sought after by employers. Your course will help you to:

  • develop ethical perspectives grounded in ideas of justice and fairness
  • provide solutions to practical problems by applying rules and principles to facts
  • construct persuasive arguments based on evidence and analytical reasoning
  • communicate complex concepts effectively, orally and in writing, in a clear and concise manner
  • plan and carry out research projects, drawing on a range of different sources

frontrunners placements

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frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.

Human rights clinic

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Our Human Rights Clinic gives you practical experience of working on real human rights issues alongside our experienced academics and allows you to take an active role in your own professional development.

Learn languages

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All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.