Law and Criminology

What will I gain from my subject?

As well as your practice-based skills and the acquisition of knowledge your degree will equip you with a range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. Transferable skills include problem solving, self-management, communication and teamwork. Your transferable skills and the level of intellectual attainment gained through study of your subject mean that you will have many different career options when you graduate. A high percentage of all graduate vacancies are open to graduates of any discipline yet many students are not aware of this or they are influenced by the myths surrounding the choices open to them.

What can I do with my subject?

Your degree prepares you for a wide variety of career paths. Graduates have developed careers both within and outside Law and Criminology.

There are a great many possibilities open to graduates, probably more than you realise at first. Sometimes, the hardest task facing finalists and new graduates is deciding how to choose from the many options available to you. There are jobs which are directly related to degree disciplines, jobs where particular subjects may be useful and also a whole range of jobs open to graduates of any discipline.

What help is available?

You have a dedicated links Careers Consultant who works closely with your department to provide support, advice and information. Careers workshops and events are held in your department to promote work experience opportunities, support career planning and network with professionals working in the creative industries. A central careers education programme is also delivered and postgraduates have access to the Postgraduate Skills Training programme. You are welcome to drop into the Careers Service for further support and information anytime

Where do I start looking for work experience and graduate jobs? - Useful resources

The links below are a starting point when seeking opportunities directly related to your subject; more general resources are available in our finding work experience section. Don't forget that support is available from the Careers Service when applying for jobs and work experience.



Professional bodies and associations

These organisations promote the interests of people working in particular professions. Some have listings of employers who are members of the association and may advertise jobs while others may be a useful source of information when researching employers for applications or considering a speculative application.


What do Aber graduates do?

 Below are some examples of roles our Graduates have moved into:

  • Advocacy Co-ordinator
  • Advocacy Manager
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Barrister at Law
  • Business Support Manager
  • CAB Generalist Advisor
  • Claims Consultant
  • Climate and Land Tenure Subject Expert
  • Community Support Officer
  • Contract Assistant
  • Conveyancing Assistant
  • Credit Loss Adjustor
  • Diagnostics Engineer
  • Director of Customer Operations
  • Employment Law Consultant
  • Environmental Affairs Adviser
  • Events Manager
  • Gyproc Environmental Champion
  • Health and Safety Administrator
  • Independent Medical Advocate
  • Junior Barrister Clerk
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturer
  • Legal Advocate
  • Legal Clerk
  • Legal Researcher
  • Legal Secretary
  • Marketing Officer
  • New Business Coordinator
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Regional Sales Executive
  • Research Fellow
  • Research Officer
  • Rights of Way Officer
  • Solicitor
  • Trainee Litigator
  • Trainee Solicitor
  • Youth Support Worker

Examples of employers that Aberystwyth law and criminology graduates and postgraduates have gone to work for:

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Admiral Insurance
  • Age Concern
  • Albion Financial Services
  • Aral Jones Insurance Consultants
  • Beckles Investment Services
  • Capita
  • Care Council for Wales
  • Ceredigion County Council
  • Civil Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Department of Work & Pensions
  • Environment Agency
  • European Parliament
  • Hodgsons
  • HSBC
  • Legal Service
  • MBNA Banking
  • Ministry of Defence
  • National Assembly for Wales
  • Northumbria Water Group
  • Sainsbury's
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Tai Ceredigion
  • Tesco
  • Towergate
  • Various HE Establishments
  • Various Firms of Solicitors
  • Various Police Forces
  • Wiltshire Council