How dare Robert Roweth question the motivation and commitment of those who did not study law as a first degree.
As someone from a working class background, I had no one to guide me in making right choices about a career. Lawyers were regarded by my family and friends as alien. Certainly I had no idea of the nature of lawyers' work and it never occurred to me that it was a career that I might follow.
Does Mr Roweth realise how sexist he is being? At school (where, incidentally, A-level was not taught) I was told that "women can't do law – they have the wrong personality".
I have met many women CPE students who were pushed into teaching by their schools, only to realise, some years on, that the latter was not the wonderful, fulfiling career that they believed it to be. I know of women who worked for several years at a mundane job in order to provide funds for their CPE course. Is this enough commitment for Mr Roweth?
CPE candidates are just as motivated as law graduates, and law graduates are just as "hungry for the rewards of the City" as CPE candidates. I have met a some law graduates who have admitted that they never wanted to do law in the first place.
Perhaps Mr Roweth comes from a background which gave him the means to make the right decision about his career at an early age. But he should not question the commitment of those who were not so fortunate.
Claire Jones, Bedfordshire