Organisations like Amazon, Unilever and KPMG seek out OU graduates – and according to THE (Times Higher Education), OU graduates are regarded as among the most employable in the UK (we’re ranked 13th in the list). OU study certainly stands out on a CV, demonstrating initiative and the determination to succeed. Employers across a range of industries are also attracted by the transferable skillsets that our law courses are designed to develop, including problem solving, researching and critical thinking.
If you want to become a solicitor or barrister, then the LLB will help you achieve that goal. It is a competitive market so you will need to demonstrate that you have more to offer than just good degree results. Relevant prior experience and work experience gained while studying will help, as will the advice of your tutors – many of whom are practising lawyers.
It’s worth remembering that law degrees are not just a route into the legal profession. There are many jobs where you will have the opportunity to apply the law – indeed, it is hard to think of jobs where a knowledge of the law would not be an advantage. Employers have a high regard for law students; recognising that they need to have developed analytical minds and an eye for detail – and that OU law graduates in particular clearly have strong determination and time management skills.
Throughout your studies (and beyond), you will have access to exceptional support from our careers advisory service. This includes an award-winning website with information and advice on the process of career planning and career development, including:
All current students and those who finished their studies within the last three years are also entitled to a careers consultation to help them plan and identify a Careers Action Plan, identify appropriate jobs or careers, and prepare for selection and interview. We also offer selected services to prospective students and those studying OU-validated modules elsewhere.
Visit our Careers advisory service.
For detailed course-related careers information, see individual course descriptions on the main OU website.