Non-legal careers

A law degree is not just for lawyers. You’ll gain skills and experience that will prepare you for a range of successful roles and careers.

A law degree covers the subjects that are required for entry into the legal professions. However, only half our graduates end up working in the legal profession and the judiciary. The remainder go on to other high profile roles in business, government and a wide variety of other fields.

Our graduates have gone into roles such as:

  • Ministers of the Crown
  • Heads of major charities and organisations
  • Chief executives of ASX-listed companies

Law affects all areas of society. This means it’s just as possible for graduates to find work in the sport, entertainment or security industries as well as banking, regulation and policy advice.

Due to the skills acquired and showcased through the LLB, the sky's the limit with careers after an LLB degree.

The understanding of legal implications and obligations, combined with the ability to apply this knowledge in practice, is valuable in many parts of the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Gain transferable skills

Our law graduates are prized by employers for their ability to research, write, analyse and reason.

The range of skills that a law degree provides includes:

  • Negotiation skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Research skills using a wide variety of sources
  • Evaluation skills and the ability to interpret and explain complex information concisely
  • Reasoning and critical thinking skills
  • The ability to articulate sound arguments
  • Problem-solving and lateral thinking skills
  • The ability to write concisely
  • Confident and persuasive oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to draft formal documents with precision.

Further advice

For more advice on starting your legal career, including how to get in touch with our careers adviser and accessing the University’s Career Development and Employment Services (CDES) office, visit our Careers advice page

Additional resources about legal careers in New Zealand and summer clerkships are available at Prospectuses and handbooks.