15 October 2012

Law students buoyant in face of recession

Two-thirds of law students are confident of legal profession futures, despite nearly eight out of 10 envisaging the recession will last for at least another year, a survey has found.

By James Barnes

Still liking the law

Still liking the law

More than 60 per cent of the almost 2,000 students who took part in the annual survey carried out by England’s College of Law in conjunction with The Times newspaper said economic uncertainty had no impact on their decision to apply to law school. Around 14 per cent said it actually made them more likely to study law.

Socially exclusive

However, the majority of students who participated in the survey – which was sent in September to all students on the college's law degree’s and post-graduate courses – said the legal profession is socially exclusive.
According to the survey, the top three reasons for wanting to enter the legal profession were 'interesting and varied work', 'an interest in the law' and 'intellectual challenge'.
The college’s chief executive, Professor Nigel Savage, said: ‘I find it heartening that the students show such confidence in their future legal careers despite being realistic about the on-going challenges faced by the UK economy.’

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