SYLA Careers Events

SYLA are hosting a number of events focussing on alternative careers which may be of interest. Please see the details of the events and how to sign up below.

Alternative Careers with your Law Degree, Tuesday 23 March at 17:30 – to sign up for this free event click here  

SYLA in collaboration with The Law Society of Scotland are delighted to host this event focusing on alternative careers with a law degree.

We recognise that not every law student will want to go on to do the Diploma and become a solicitor. This event is intended to showcase some of the alternative careers you can do with your law degree.

The event is targeted at law students who might not have made up their mind about their career path yet, final year students who are not sure if the Diploma is the right path for them and graduates who are considering alternative career options.

We will hear from the following speakers who will provide an overview of their careers, what their roles involve and how they use their degree in their chosen alternative careers:

  • Andrew Scott – Andrew is an associate lecturer at the Department of Political Science at University College London. Most of his teaching and research focuses on public policy and environmental and energy politics. Prior to this, Andrew worked in the CPD team at the Law Society of Scotland, as a senior policy adviser in the UK civil service and in teaching and research roles at the University of Edinburgh. He has studied for degrees in law (LLB) and international relations (MSc) at the University of Glasgow and politics (PhD) at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Ian Keith – Ian studied the LLB at The University of Edinburgh from 2000 to 2004. Instead of going on to undertake the diploma, he entered the title insurance market, which utilized his property and corporate legal knowledge in a different industry. In 2013, Ian was one of the founders of DUAL Asset Underwriting and in his role as Managing Director, he has been integral in growing the business from a start-up company in 2013 to its current position as the leading international title insurance provider.
  • Jessica Dallas – Jessica started at Ashurst in March 2020 as a Conflicts Officer based in their Glasgow office, her first legal role after graduating from University of Glasgow in 2019. Prior to this she worked as a bartender for a well-known pub chain.

There will be an opportunity to ask the panel questions and for a general discussion following the event. Questions can be submitted on the night or in advance to

The event will be hosted on Zoom and sign in details will be circulated to attendees on the day of the event.


Careers with Ashurst Advance, Thursday 25 March at 17:30 – to sign up for this free event click here

As part of our series focusing on alternative careers we are delighted to host a dedicated event with Ashurst on their graduate recruitment programme.

Ashurst are a global progressive law firm. They are at the forefront of changing the legal landscape with their team of specialist Legal Analysts.

There graduate programme is a unique opportunity for those looking for an alternative to the traditional traineeship route. Graduates will train as Legal Analyst and following completion of this can go into a number of roles including project management, process improvement, operations, legal technology etc. This is a unique and rare opportunity for law students or graduates thinking about an alternative career to becoming a solicitor.

During the event attendees will learn more about Ashurst, the work they do and the opportunities on offer. They will also hear from current Legal Analysts who have done the graduate programme and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

We look forward to seeing you at these events or to view a list  of all our upcoming events please see our Eventbrite.

SYLA Committee