Students turn away from the law as uni applications drop across the board

The largest fall in university applications in more than 30 years has seen the number of candidates applying to study law drop by a record 5.2 per cent, according to figures released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Last year 13,858 people applied to study law at the 26 universities that supplied figures to UCAS, but this year the number fell to 13,139.

The news comes two years after the Law Society issued a warning to students that embarking on a career in law could be a risky strategy given that the number of training contracts in the market did not match up to the number of students (28 July 2009).

Earlier this year The Lawyer reported that enrolments on the LPC had plummeted across the market, with the University of Huddersfield seeing the largest drop at 68 per cent (4 July 2011).

Three years ago students started flocking to the law in their droves, with GDL enrolments rocketing as graduates favoured a career in law rather than banking in the wake of the global financial crisis (27 October 2008).

The UCAS figures show that overall 9 per cent fewer students have applied for a place at university to read all subjects this year. Fifteen institutions reported a decline in applicants with City University in London stating that applications were down by more than 10 per cent.