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Research: Law students among the most likely to be state school educated

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Rich kid stereotype unfounded?

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New stats suggest law students are among the most likely to be state school educated when compared to other degree disciplines.

Of the law students who enrolled at university in 2014-2015, 91.7% are from state schools. This is a whole two percentage points higher than the ‘all subjects’ average of 89.8%, and considerably higher than the likes of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science (71.7%) and combined subjects (76.5%).

Comparable subjects such as historical and philosophical studies, languages, and social studies also scored lower than law, boasting 80.2%, 80.6% and 85.9% respectively. At the other end of the spectrum, the likes of biological sciences (91.8%), creative arts and design (94.6%) and education (97.2%) placed higher than law.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data also shows 35.4% of undergraduate law students are from working class backgrounds, as defined using the national statistics socio-economic classification.

As with the state school stats, this result puts law in the middle/top end of the table when compared to other degree disciplines.

Though there are some exceptions — computer science (41.9%) and education (41.2%), for example — most degree courses are not as heavily populated by working class students as law. Only 17.6% of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science students are from working class backgrounds, as are 23.7% of historical and philosophical studies students and 26.6% of those studying physical sciences.

Law’s result is also over two percentage points higher than the ‘all subjects’ average of 33%.

18 Comments

Not Amused

Every time someone feels tempted to waffle on about the virtue of the conversion course route – this needs to be remembered.

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Anonymous

What exactly is your point?

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Anonymous

I think he’s saying that undergraduate law is an extremely important route for getting people from low income backgrounds into the profession because many people aren’t in a position to fork out 8k or so for a GDL

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Anonymous

I’d be interested to see how many go on to qualify comparatively.

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Sir Henry St. John Farquhar-Darby, KCB DSO

Oiks.

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Northern working class lawyer

The middle bit is pronounced “singe-in”, non?

Which is what you’ll be feeling if you show your toffee nosed arse round our way, pal!

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Anonymous

You gross pustule of working class flatulence.

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Anonymous

Wonder what the stats look like when you factor in international students though?

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Tyrion

At London Southbank everyone is state educated. At Bristol most of these jokers were privately educated. And snobbish as sin.

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El Plid

Yes, but I was at uni with a load of state school students who were for the most part thick and/or very lazy, almost none of whom have actually become lawyers.

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Tyrion

That’s what happens when you go to a shit uni. And if you went to private school and ended up there, then you officially wasted your parents money.

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El Plid

I ended up there due to various circumstances but now got a TC at a top 10 city firm. My first two years’ wages should cover the school fees…

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Tyrion

Do you know what the take home from 40k is? If you think your training contract salary after tax covers your school fees then your parents really wasted their money on a cheap and rubbish private school which got you into a bottom 40 University. Also remember living expenses and all of a suddent a 40-60k salary is really something to crow about. However as I imagine you probably aren’t too sharp, making it to a ‘top 10 firm’ as a positive discrimination hire allows you to put down your intellectual equals as ‘thick and lazy’.

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Anonymous

Jesus – lay off the kid will ya

Anonymous

El Plid doesn’t need his Mummy to support him on here. I’m sure he can hold his own…

Probably did so in lessons…

Anonymous

“The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data also shows 35.4% of undergraduate law students are from working class backgrounds”.

Please provide the link to these statistics Katie rather than a link to the NS-SEC.

Only 12.8% of working class kids go to University. So I don’t think that 1 in 3 of that 12.8% are going on to study Law.

Pull the other one.

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Tywin

Wow, Tyrion really is a grumpy little shit…

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Tyrion

Ha. Apologies but some rich kid who massively underachieved and then calls others who didn’t have the same privilege as him thick and lazy is a twat. Yet he somehow believes that because mummy and daddy were able to pull some strings to get him internships that helped him get a tc makes him special.

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