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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Economics: excellent for complex tax law and capital markets.
Engineering: project finance and construction lawyers will love you.
Any science: intellectual property law, a hot area at the moment, would be good for you. For instance biochemistry backgrounds are highly-valued among firms with strong patent litigation practices. Similarly, the growth in e-commerce and telecommunications client bases means that an understanding of new or fast-changing technologies is absolutely vital, whether with regard to IP protection or corporate work.
Politics, history, English, classics: general good analytical skills. Do not underestimate the skills you have learned here.
Languages: linguists are more or less essential for all those globalisation plans you have heard about.
NB: Even though you might think that you will be pigeon-holed by your undergraduate degree, firms and chambers generally allow you to find your own area of interest, even if it has nothing to do with your first subject.