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Research: Non-legal employers favour law graduates over all other applicants

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They work harder and have an “aptitude for learning”

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Non-law firm graduate employers favour LLBs over all other degree disciplines, new research has found.

According to a poll of 500 UK businesses, law graduates’ “transferable skills”, “aptitude for learning” and “strong leadership and communication abilities” make them an attractive prospect for companies operating outside the legal industry.

Placing vocational subjects such as medicine and dentistry to one side, the research revealed that 89% of graduate employers believed that certain degrees were held in higher regard than others — with law coming in first and business studies second.

The research also highlighted that law graduates were more likely to have a “strong work ethic”.

For those leaving university with an arts or sports science degree the news was less positive. According to the poll — conducted by research outfit Marketing Minds — employers deemed these to be the least attractive subjects.

Author of ‘Is Law For You?’ Christopher Stoakes believes the research highlights a shift in how an LLB is perceived by employers outside law.

Stoakes, a former Hogan Lovells and Freshfields solicitor who is now a writer and visiting fellow at Roehampton Law School, claims law degrees are “no longer viewed as a narrowly vocational qualification”. Continuing, he says:

What this research shows is that a law degree is a passport to a wider range of careers and can be of great value to students regardless of whether they want to become lawyers. Students have tended in the past to choose law because they were thinking of becoming lawyers, but the number of training contracts on offer from law firms has dipped. However, a law degree is increasingly valued by employers more generally because of the transferable skills it provides. It teaches key employability skills such as analysis, reasoning, attention to detail and work ethic.

Since the financial crisis, annual training contract numbers have dropped back from a 2007-08 high of 6,303 to around the 5,000 mark. During that time, the number of students studying undergraduate law degrees has risen by 28%.

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Shirley

Hilarious. Particularly as LLBs becoming less prescriptive as most grads don’t go on to practice.

In a few years’ time, we will be having our first graduates from the “no wrong answers” school of law.

Marvellous.

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S

Did you not understand the article? The point is that although man do not go on to practice, other (non-law-related) graduate employers look favorably on people with LLB qualifications.

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shirely

I do understand the article.

Do you understand the point that the LLB isn’t what it once was? That the skills previously acquired by answering problem questions (which employers value) has now given way to the “no wrong answers” brigade.

Here, S. In language even you can understand with your 2.2 Law/Media Studies degree is that standards are slipping.

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Go away Shirley

How pretentious.

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Anonymous

And how do you know standards are slipping Shirley? I doubt you did a law degree back in the 60s and have re-done a law degree in the 2010’s. As a LLB student I work exceptionally hard and regually do have parts of essays which are marked as wrong. You have no idea what you are talking about so please shut up!

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Anonymous

The standards are slipping…or people realise it’s just a game to keep people out of the industry more like.

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Concerned

I can’t comment on the article itself, as comments are blocked “for legal reasons”, but does LC not think running an article effectively accusing a person charged with murder of being untruthful in online posts is a dangerous step to take given the proceedings are subject to the Contempt of Court Act 1981?

This isn’t Lord Harley or some such, and I’d hate to see the editor getting a letter from the AG’s Office.

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Anonymous

See, this is why you shouldn’t rate LLB students/grads so highly. Perfect example in fact.

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Anonymous

Business Studies comes second? Wtf!

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Anonymous

Hahah. And most Chambers will prefer a degree in a useless subject like English or Classics. The IP bar is the worst (I do a bit of IP but mostly Chancery)- apparently you need a PhD in science now. So someone with a PhD in biochemistry is placed much much higher than me in the pecking order. That is great for them; great for the one Bio-tech patent they will get in their entire career. Not so sure about the other 99.99% of their work load in which their degree will be of no more use than my law degrees. “Oh but it is science, its just so hard”. No it isn’t. I did a software patent opinion recently; you just apply yourself for a few hours to understanding the principles. You don’t need 7 years of academic study.

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Anonymous

It is also this for these reasons that recruiters throughout the legal industry still prefer LLB graduates.

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Not Amused

I question the use of this report.

I can’t find which Marketing Minds you mean as there are 3 possible contenders given a simple Google search. Should I assume the Australian online market research specialists? How would that be a helpful study of British employers?

So there are lots of things we don’t know.

What we do know is that there are universities in this country whose law graduates are not employable in graduate jobs in law. I think anything or anyone which persuaded a young person to attend such a university to study such a law degree would be morally wrong to do so.

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Stew Dent

“strong work ethic”

LOL

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