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Law has among the lowest proportion of privately educated students of any degree subject

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9% of law degree students went to private schools — compared to 29% of medics

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New data from the Higher Education Agency shows that undergraduate law degrees are populated by one of the lowest percentage of privately educated students of any subject.

8.7% of undergraduate law students went to private schools, with only art & design, media, computer science and education having fewer privately educated students.

That compared with 28.6% of medical, dentistry and veterinary students having a private education, with those subjects jointly topping the pile. They were followed by history and philosophy, with 21.5% of those degree students being privately educated.

Overall, law as a degree subject came joint 14th — with biology — in the private education table (see below). Note that the figures do not include the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

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The figures will make awkward reading for City law firms, who are increasingly coming under pressure for their penchant for privately educated graduates.