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Entry trends

Undergraduates and graduates in law

In 2016-17, 25,155 UK students applied to study law at undergraduate level in England and Wales, out of whom 17,855 UK students were accepted on to courses.

9,120 overseas students applied to study law at undergraduate level in England and Wales, out of whom 4,910 overseas students were accepted on to courses.

Of the UK students accepted onto courses:

  • 12,060 (67.5 per cent) are female and 5,795 (32.5 per cent) are male
  • 6,495 (36.4 per cent) are from minority ethnic groups
  • Of the ethnic minorities, 4,290 (66 per cent) are female and 2205 (34 per cent) are male

Of the overseas students accepted onto course:

  • 3,025 (61.6 per cent) are female and 1,885 (38.4 per cent) are male  

Period of recognised training

In the year ending 31 July 2016, 5,728 new traineeships were registered with the SRA.

Of these trainees:

  • 3,566 (62.3 per cent) are female and 2,162 (37.7 per cent) are male

Admission to the roll

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is required to collect and maintain records of all qualified solicitors on the roll.

6,346 individuals were admitted to the roll in the year that ended 31 July 2016.

Of these qualified solicitors:

  • 3,904 (61.5 per cent) are female and 2,442 (38.5 per cent) are male
  • 2674 (30.9 per cent) are from minority ethnic groups (based on the 42.1% of admissions gathered where ethnicity is known)
  • The average age entered onto the roll in 2015-16, across both genders, is 29.4 years
  • The average for males is 29.7 and the average age for females is 29.2

Solicitors on the roll

As of 31 July 2016, there are 175,160 solicitors on the roll.

Of these solicitors on the roll:

  • 87,150 (49.8 per cent) are men and 88,010 (50.2 per cent) are women
  • 25,003 (14.3 per cent) solicitors are from minority ethnic groups (based on the 16.3% of admissions gathered where ethnicity is known)

In 2016, 136,176 solicitors held current practising certificates.

Of these solicitors holding practising certificates:

  • 67,393 (49.5 per cent) are held by women and 68,783 (50.5 per cent) are held by men
  • 19,145 (14.1 per cent) are from minority ethnic groups (based on the 16% of admissions gathered where ethnicity is known)
  • Of the ethnic minorities, 10,886(56.8 per cent) are female and 8,259 (43.2 per cent) are male
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