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Entry trends

Undergraduates and graduates in law

In 2018-19, 27,950 UK students applied to study law at undergraduate level in England and Wales, out of whom 19,820 UK students were accepted on to courses.

9,130 overseas students applied to study law at undergraduate level in England and Wales, out of whom 4,755 overseas students were accepted on to courses.

Of the UK students accepted onto courses:

  • 13,365 (69%) are female and 6,185 (30%) are male
  • 7,855 (39.6%) are from minority ethnic groups

Of the ethnic minority students accepted onto courses:

  • 5,280 (67%) are female and 2,575 (32%) are male

Of the overseas students accepted onto courses:

  • 2,975 (62.5%) are female and 1,780 (37.4%) are male

Period of recognised training

In the year ending 31 July 2018, 5,811 new traineeships were registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Of these trainees:

  • 3,753 (64.6%) are female and 2,058 (35.4%) are male

Admission to the roll

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

6,745 individuals were admitted to the roll in the year that ended 31 July 2018.

Of these qualified solicitors:

  • 4,190 (62.1%) are female and 2,555 (37.9%) are male
  • the average age entered onto the roll in 2017-18, across both genders, is 29.4 years
  • the average for males is 29.6 and the average age for females is 29.2

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 2018, there are 188,868 solicitors on the roll.

Of these solicitors on the roll:

  • 96,835 (51.3%) are women and 92,033 (48.7%) are men
  • 26,520 (14%) of solicitors are from minority ethnic groups (based on the 16.8% of admissions where ethnicity is known)

In 2018, 143,167 solicitors held current practising certificates.

Of these solicitors holding practising certificates:

  • 72,714 (50.8%) are held by women and 70,453 (49.2%) are held by men
  • 20,091 (14%) are from minority ethnic groups (based on the 16.9% of admissions where ethnicity is known)

Of the solicitors from ethnic minority groups:

  • 11,467 (57%) are female and 8,624 (43%) are male
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Annual Statistics Report 2018