Degrees and courses for international students
You are viewing information for England.  Change country or region.

Careers in Law

Skill development

As well as the specific subject knowledge gained from studying an OU degree, you'll develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers and which will increase your employability.

Law students develop a range of employability skills including the ability to:

  • work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • apply legal principles to resolve issues
  • make a reasoned choice between different opinions and solutions and present it to an audience
  • research, read and discuss complex and technical legal materials
  • acquire competence in the use of basic IT, databases and websites
  • work on your own, as well as part of a team

Career opportunities

Careers in Law include legal executive, paralegal, solicitor and barrister. These roles can be found in private practice, in central or local government, commerce, industry, the armed forces or in professional bodies.

OU Law graduates acquire an in depth knowledge of the foundation subjects of law and the legal system of England and Wales. Further postgraduate level training is required to qualify as a legal professional in England and Wales although qualifications in law are also valued by many other sectors such as business and finance.

Rigorous academic standards ensure that OU qualifications are recognised and valued by professional organisations and employers. However, we advise you to research your career choices thoroughly and as early as possible, particularly in relation to experience requirements, differences that relate to where you live, or where choice of courses may affect future opportunities. This is particularly important if your goal is to qualify as a legal professional. More information about international recognition of OU qualifications.

Interactive career planning resources are publically available on the OU careers web site to help you consider your options before, during and after your studies. Although much of our online occupational information is UK focused, a range of international online resources is also available to assist you with careers research and planning.

As a registered OU student you will be eligible for our full careers service including personal careers advice and guidance and access to our online vacancy service, Job Zone. We also have an Employer Showcase, where you can find out about some of the UK employers who are keen to recruit OU graduates. 

View Law courses


We feel that people with different life and work experience is a positive asset. Any experience you have that you can use to show you have the skills, competence and potential to be a good solicitor is valuable.

Recruitment Officer, Beachcroft