LSB to quiz all lawyers on parents’ education

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  • Thick daddy-bought-me-a-pony types tend to cluster in City firms. Backward daddy-bought-me-a-pony types tend to cluster in PR, employment agencies and the 'family firm'.
    Twas always so.

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  • Who is paying for this communistic nonsense. I thought labour lost the election? Why is it anyone's business what level of eduation my parents attained?

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  • We're doing the same thing in truck driving. Every truck driver is to be asked whether their parents went to university, in an attempt to identify the imbalance we think has already crept into the profession. In truck driving we need to attract more people that do have university educated parents and to encourage them to take up a profession that doesn't involve driving a desk all day. We're hoping to really increase the social mobility of people from university educated families into challenging and useful professions (truck driving, plumbers, electricians etc.) they've perhaps never aspired to before. Glad to hear you lawyers are doing the same thing.

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  • I intend to file the survey in the same round filing cabinet as I did that thing a few years back which asked if I was a traveller of Irish heritage.

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  • What's that braying and honking and spluttering? It's the wonderful sound of the privileged classes trying to defend their privilege and pretending they're in well-paid City jobs on merit alone. Keep the drawbridge up and don't let any light in. Anything else would be 'communistic'.

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  • I see this has attracted the attention of Big Brother Watch http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/home/2011/02/when-they-say-its-not-about-social-engineering-thats-exactly-when-its-about-social-engineering.html

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  • I, like several other posters, am the private school educated lawyer child of parents who didn't attend school past the age of 15 - my parents worked extremely hard and sacrificed much to provide me and my siblings with the education and opportunities they didn't have and couldn't have had. Does a question about my schooling say anything about me, or everything about the generations preceding me?

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  • @ Anonymous | 15-Feb-2011 12:45 pm - Perhaps you should read the TITLE of the article before commenting.

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  • I don't have a problem with answering the questions, but I don't see how it help? My Mum was a nurse and went to nursing college and my Dad left school at 15 to set up what is now a successful business.
    I was privately educated, Russell Group Uni and Top 10 firm... does that mean I am socially mobile? No, my parents worked hard and I did too.

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  • Both my parents are artists who didn't go to university. I was the only one of my peers with this background (of 120 in the first year LLB intake at my university, which is one of the oldest universities in the world, 17 were from the same private school).
    It would be absolutely wrong to say that the fact that my parents didn't go to university did not affect me adversely throughout my years of study and entering the profession thereafter. Not intellectually (I got a 2.1 Hons degree), but solely in terms of confidence. I felt like an outsider. I could assume nothing. I knew nothing about upper middle class networks. Most of my peers had connections that helped them get plum roles; I had to learn the hard way how to network, how to project confidence, and how to bluff. I had the capability, but not the tools.
    This research is hardly Marxist (what an absurd suggestion!) and nor is it social engineering; to whoever suggested that the children of parents who went to university are going to be more intelligent anyway, you should be ashamed of yourself (and I take personal offence). It will, I hope, give statistical legitimacy to what most of us already know: confident children of middle and upper middle class parents are vastly over-represented in the profession, to its deriment, and to the exclusion of equally talented and intelligent candiates from less privileged backgrounds.
    In the interests of full disclosure, I should add that I no longer work as a lawyer; I'm a senior manager with a US corporation. I now have all the confidence I need.

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