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Career prospects

A masters degree from Edinburgh Law School at the University of Edinburgh is an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification designed to provide you with expertise in a specialised area of law.

Niovi studied the LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law in the 2018-19 academic year. In this video she talks about the support and advice she received from the Careers Service at the University of Edinburgh.

We offer a wide range of masters programmes providing you with the opportunity to specialise in wide range of fields, including:

  • Banking Law
  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • European Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Economic Law
  • International Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Technology and the Law

Graduates of our LLM and MSc programmes go on to develop dynamic careers in academia, legal professions, national and international institutions, academic research, and beyond.

The most recent Destinations of Leavers Education (DLHE) survey data we have is for those who graduated in November 2017:

  • 94% of those available and who responded to the survey were working or studying six months after completing the programme
  • Of those, 95% were in highly skilled employment or further study
  • Of those working, 94% were in highly skilled employment

The definition of highly skilled employment is any occupation within categories one to three of the Standard Occupational Classification, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The category headings are:

  1. Managers, directors and senior officials
  2. Professional occupations
  3. Associate professionals and technical occupations

Further information on categories can be found on the ONS website.

Visit the ONS website

Examples of the types of careers our graduates progress onto include:

  • Advocate
  • Attorney
  • Civil Servant
  • Compliance Officer
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Criminal Investigation Officer
  • Financial and Legal Consultant
  • Justice and Security Adviser
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Consultant
  • PhD study
  • Policy Researcher
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Project Manager
  • Solicitor
  • Trademark Attorney

Whether you can work in the UK after your studies, and in what capacity, depends on the visa you apply for.

The University's Student Immigration Service provide guidance on visa options for those who wish to work in the UK after their studies.

Find out more about your options to work in the UK after you graduate

Edinburgh Law School works closely with a number of leading law firms through membership of the Programme for the Future of the Law and the Legal Profession to provide skills development and career opportunities for Edinburgh Law School students. 

Find out more about these career opportunities

The University of Edinburgh's Careers Service plays an essential role in your wider student experience at the University. It offers a range of tailored careers and personal development guidance and support.

The Careers Service will support you during your studies and after graduation to help you tap into your talent and build your employability with confidence and enthusiasm.

The Careers Service provides a range of services including:

  • Careers advice
  • CV writing
  • Interview practice
  • Employ.ed internships
  • Career fairs
  • Alumni events

Find out more about the University's Careers Service

You will benefit from a lifelong connection to our alumni community and will be connected to professional and research networks that will afford you a wealth of opportunities.

Find out more about being an Edinburgh Law School alumnus