Law and non-law career destinations


Oxford Law graduates are in high demand, because law firms and other employers know that our admissions are highly competitive, our teaching is very intensive and our collegiate system provides ample opportunity to develop sought after employability skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication and so on.

After the undergraduate BA degree

There is no assumption that our Law graduates will pursue a legal career: the undergraduate course teaches life-long, transferable skills that are very desirable in a variety of sectors and roles. Oxford Law graduates are employed in government, business, and education. Oxford Law graduates gain a BA in Jurisprudence; like the LLBs at other universities, the BA is a qualifying law degree, so that Oxford Law graduates can immediately go on to the Legal Practice Course (for solicitors) or the Bar Professional Training Course (for barristers). Each year approximately 60% of students go on to further study and of these three quarters study for the professional qualifications required to become either a solicitor or a barrister. Many Oxford Law graduates go on to successful careers practising law in England and Wales, and all around the world.

After postgraduate study

The Law Faculty offers world-leading taught and research postgraduate degree programmes that will typically lead to employment in legal practice - as barristers or solicitors - in the UK and in jurisdictions throughout the world, or to careers in academia. The BCL and MJur are our world-famous general one-year master’s-level degrees in Law; we also offer the Master’s in Law and Finance (now in its fourth year), and the MSc in Criminology. Our research degrees include the MSt in Legal Research, and the DPhils in Law, in Criminology, and in Socio-Legal Studies.

Tracking students' careers activity

Every year the Careers Service survey all undergraduate and postgraduate alumni 6 months after they leave Oxford as part of the Government’s Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. They collect results from over 80% of UK-domiciled undergraduate leavers, 50% of EU-domiciled leavers and 40% of internationally-domiciled leavers.


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