Kingston Law School has a good reputation for producing graduates who become successful practising lawyers. Many of our law graduates go on to train as solicitors or barristers. However, a degree in law is equally suitable as a foundation for many other areas, including business, industry and administration. On your CV, in job interviews and in the workplace, your increased employability will make you an attractive proposition to employers.
Graduates from Kingston Law School have secured jobs in companies such as KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and BM Advisory (formerly Atherton Bailey Chartered Accountants). Others have secured training contracts in "Magic Circle" firms, secured funding for both bar school and pupillage, and progressed to obtaining masters degrees.
Kingston Law School alumni include university professors, Queen's Counsel (QCs), City firm solicitors, members of Her Majesty's Judiciary, a Hollywood producer, insolvency practitioners, company secretaries, and more.
We don't currently have any graduate profiles for this course, but you can see here what graduates from related courses have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them to achieve their goals.
Name: Susan Budaly
Course: Law LLB(Hons)
Year of graduation: 1993
Current job: Barrister
Law LLB(Hons) graduate Susan has developed a career she loves as a barrister specialising in family law.
"I wanted to be a barrister and chose Kingston because the Law School had a good reputation. Once there, I thoroughly enjoyed the course. One expects a law degree to be academically challenging but, in addition, it was extremely practical.
"Mooting (debating legal argument) and client interviewing took place frequently. These are skills practised by a solicitor or barrister every day of their working life. I also found this aspect of the course really helped when I went to Bar School, where advocacy and interviewing assessments counted towards my overall final grade.
"The highlights of my time at Kingston include going to America for the summer to work at the Public Defender's Office, winning the internal Client-Interviewing Competition and the annual Law Society balls (it wasn't all hard work!).
"I graduated with a 2:1, and this enabled me to get into the Inns of Court School of Law. While there, I obtained pupillage at 29 Bedford Row chambers, which was a mixed civil and family set where I developed a real interest in family law. In 1994 I moved to One Garden Court, a specialist family law chambers, and I have been here ever since.
"The areas of my practice include ancillary relief, residence, contact and care, and adoption. I enjoy the variety of my work. Every case is different and everyone has a different story to tell. I like the contact with clients from all walks of life and the human aspect of family law (rather than acting for corporate entities). Also, life in chambers is extremely sociable.
"The course gave me an excellent start to my legal career and I would certainly recommend the law degree at Kingston to anyone who wishes to enter legal practice."
Name: Salma Yousef
Course: Law LLB(Hons)
Year of graduation: 2004
Current job: Senior Crown Prosecutor (CPS)
Law LLB(Hons) graduate Salma is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
"There were lots of things I liked about the Law LLB(Hons) at Kingston – the huge choice of modules and, in particular, the practical skills elements such as advice and negotiation, which you really benefit from when you start working.
"I also enjoyed the extra-curricular activities offered, such as mooting (debating legal argument) and negotiation, which enhance your CV and provide you with the opportunity to meet key players in the legal field. Plus, the campus is great and the teaching staff are excellent. They really take an interest in your development, even after you leave.
"After graduating I completed a masters and during this time, I registered with an agency. I was selected for a 3-month position at the CPS which was extended a couple of times and eventually I was recruited into a permanent role. I was extremely fortunate that the CPS has such a flexible approach to working as a result of which I was able to work part time whilst completing the Bar Vocational Course full time. Whilst this was demanding, it worked well and as soon as I finished the BVC I was successful in securing an Associate Prosecutor role. The following year I got pupillage and I am now working as a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the same team.
"A large amount of my time is spent at court, prosecuting a broad range of cases. I really enjoy the advocacy and the interaction with victims and witnesses where I can see the impact of my work, and the difference it makes, particularly in my role as a domestic violence specialist. In the office I am usually preparing cases for court, and also committal for the Crown Court. The work is demanding, but certainly rewarding and I am fortunate to work with a great team of lawyers.
"I feel Law LLB(Hons) is an excellent course and would recommend it to anyone. It opens up lots of opportunities, not just directly in law; the skills you develop are widely valued in the job market.
"It's great to do such a modern course, and that, coupled with the supportive teaching staff and superb facilities, provides an excellent learning experience."
Graduates from Kingston Law School have secured the following jobs:
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In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.
If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you: