College of Law picks female directors

The College of Law has appointed two women directors of college branches – the first in its 33 year history.

Last week's appointments follow recent figures which show that a third of practising solicitors are women.

Latest government statistics, from 1994, show that well over half of law graduates are women. (These figures do not take combined degrees into account.)

Full-time female students on the College of Law LPC course comfortably outnumber men: there are 1,891 women to 1,598 men. Women lecturers also dominate: more than 60 per cent of lecturers are female.

The new director at York, Carol Wilcock, was promoted to the top job from the post of principal lecturer, leapfrogging the more senior position of reader.

She did her articles with BWB Pettifer, Barton-on-Humber, Humberside, before working for Leeds Polytechnic and Bradford University.

Janet Lea, new director at Chester, was articled at Alsop Stevens in Liverpool before working for the college in Chester. She became principal lecturer in 1986, before moving on to the funding and management side, latterly as branch head of the legal practice course.