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Entry trends

Undergraduates and graduates in law

In 2019-20, 29,565 UK students applied to study law at undergraduate level in England and Wales, out of whom 20,905 UK students were accepted on to courses.

8,925 overseas students applied to study law at undergraduate level in England and Wales, out of whom 4,670 overseas students were accepted on to courses.

Of the UK students accepted onto courses:

  • 14,520 are female and 6,370 are male
  • 8,570 are from minority ethnic groups

Of the ethnic minority students accepted onto courses:

  • 5,860 are female and 2,710 are male

Of the overseas students accepted onto courses:

  • 2,975 are female and 1,695 are male

Period of recognised training

In the year ending 31 July 2019, 6,344 new traineeships were registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Of these trainees:

  • 4,148 are female and 2,196 are male

Admission to the roll

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

6,972 individuals were admitted to the roll in the year that ended 31 July 2019.

Of these qualified solicitors:

  • 4,421 are female and 2,551 are male
  • the average age entered onto the roll in 2018-19, across both genders, is 29.6 years
  • the average for males is 30 and the average age for females is 29.3

It's no longer viable to report ethnicity information for those admitted to the roll since this was available for only 25% of individuals admitted.

Solicitors on the roll

As of 31 July 2019, there are 195,821 solicitors on the roll.

Of these solicitors on the roll:

  • 101,492 are women and 94,329 are men
  • 27,333 of solicitors are from minority ethnic groups (based on the proportion of admissions where ethnicity is known)

In 2019, 146,953 solicitors held current practising certificates.

Of these solicitors holding practising certificates:

  • 75,764 are held by women and 71,189 are held by men
  • 20,675 are from minority ethnic groups (based on the proportion of admissions where ethnicity is known)
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Annual Statistics Report 2019

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