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Book Reviews
'What can I do with...a Law Degree?'
Trotman and Company Limited
ISBN: 0 85660 852 1
Price: £11.99

Whether you are working with clients who have taken a law degree, are considering studying law, or are simply exploring possible future career options, this book has a great deal to offer.

Informative without being overly technical, 'What can I do…' outlines the many options open to people with a law degree. Along with the obvious career progression routes - barrister, solicitor, legal executive and so on - it provides details of many occupations that most people wouldn't connect with law, such as opportunities in journalism, library management, advertising and finance. This is highly important when you realise that over 45% of students who take a law degree do not pursue a legal career.

The book explores the links various occupations have with law, together with details of the jobs themselves and how to get started in them. There are also several case studies, detailing how to make the transition from a law degree to each of these potential professions, and how the people involved overcame any difficulties.

Major employers offer their views on law graduates and the transferable skills that students acquire are carefully examined.

At the back of the book are many addresses of useful organisations and companies. These cover a very wide range of eventualities and career options.

Overall, I would say that 'What can I do with…a Law degree' is reliable and informative. Like an experienced barrister teasing the truth from a complex case, the book prods and pokes at the myths surrounding the study of law until the outer barriers crumble and the real facts emerge into the light of day.

Lucy Roberts




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