(Original post by Reefboy)
A degree in law coupled with the LPC was an almost certain route to a satisfying job as a solicitor or barrister. That is no longer the case. Employers don’t necessarily rank universities in the current order espoused by the Guardian or the Times. They tend to remember what was respected when they entered the profession and stick to that ranking hence, Oxbridge Durham LSE etc will always look attractive. However, the university only sparks an interest amongst the many CVs employers have to deal with. The more important factors are class of degree, and believe it or not A level results. Next comes assessment over the net, a telephone interview and with luck an interview. It is possible to get a job if you graduate from an “ex poly” but it is becoming more difficult.
Copied partly form The Law Societies Web site is the following.
Undergraduates and graduates in law
In 2009, 29,211 people applied to study law at undergraduate level in England and Wales. Out of these 19,882 (68.1 per cent) were accepted onto courses. Women made up 62.3 per cent of students accepted onto university law degree courses. Overseas students made up 16.2 per cent of those accepted. Students from minority ethnic groups accounted for 32.7 per cent of those starting a first degree law course in 2009.
Student enrolments with the Law Society
Prior to embarking on the Legal Practice Course, or entering into a training contract, students must enrol with the SRA as student members. In the year up to 31 July 2010, 8,098 students enrolled with the SRA. Of these students, 5,008 were women, making up 61.5 per cent of the intake. 2,507 were drawn from minority ethnic groups, making up 31 per cent.
The Legal Practice Course
The Legal Practice Course is the next stage towards qualification as a solicitor. In 2009-10, there were 11,370 full time and 3,140 part time places available on the Legal Practice Course with 7,064 students enrolling in total.
The training contract is the final hurdle in becoming a solicitor. It is a work based training period, generally undertaken over two years, with a firm of solicitors. In the year ending 31 July 2010, 4,874 new traineeships were registered with the SRA. 61.7 per cent of these trainees were female. We have ethnicity data for 93.1 per cent of these trainees. Trainees from minority ethnic groups represented 19.9 per cent of those with known ethnicity.
Admission to the Roll
Once the qualifying law degree, the Legal Practice Course and the training period have been completed successfully, application can be made to the Roll of solicitors of England and Wales, which entitles the applicant to practise as a solicitor.
8,480 individuals were admitted to the Roll in the year that ended 31 July 2010. 60.1 per cent of these were women.
1,708 solicitors admitted were from minority ethnic groups. 60.1 per cent of those admitted from minority ethnic groups were female.
The average age of those entered onto the Roll in 2009-10 was 29.9 years. The average age of males was slightly higher than that of females.
Source: Law Society's annual statistical report, 2010. For all annual reports, statistics and analysis see Research and trends.
What does this mean?
Of the 29,000 who want to study law just over 4,874 will eventually get a training contract and a smaller number than that will get a job as a solicitor.
I suspect the current figures are even worse.
Realistically unless you have a 2:1 or upwards you will waste your money on the LPC.
It is even worse at the bar. Only 400 pupillage's per year and most chambers require a first from a good university i.e. a non former Poly.
This post is not to discourage but to help with the economic realities of undertaking a law degree.