University admissions statistics have revealed that more students than ever before have been accepted onto law courses.
The provisional figures published by admissions service UCAS showed that no fewer than 18,394 applicants have now had a place confirmed at university or college to study law this year, an overall increase of 1.2 per cent since 2008. This makes law the most popular subject for students entering further education yet again.
The statistics will further concern the Law Society, which earlier this year launched a campaign to warn students to think twice about embarking on a career as a lawyer (read article).
The information campaign kick-started in July is targeting university and secondary school students and contains information about the cost of legal training as well as the shrinking number of training contracts on offer.
According to the Law Society, 7,000 people completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in 2008, but there are only 6,000 training contracts available this year.
Meanwhile, graduate unemployment shot up by 44 per cent in the past year to its highest rate for 12 years, according to the Higher Education Careers Services Unit.
It said almost 8 per cent of those who left university in 2008 were out of work in January compared with 5.5 per cent a year earlier - and things could get worse.