Allen & Overy and the UN most attractive employers say students

The United Nations and Allen & Overy have emerged as the most popular employers among students who are interested in a career in the law.

Market research company Trendence interviewed 1,500 students for The Graduate Recruitment Review Law Edition 2008, the definitive document of student opinion.

The second most popular law firm was Clifford Chance, which ranked joint sixth alongside the Government Legal Service. Linklaters was the only other law firm to make the top ten, which interestingly did not include any investment banks but did feature the Crown Prosecution Service and Amnesty International. This is the first time non-law firms were included in the employer list.

Meanwhile, Jones Day, Olswang and Irwin Mitchell were new entrants to most popular law firm employer rankings taking the number 14, 15 and 17 positions respectively.

A&O, however, proved less popular with students studying at Cambridge and Oxford universities, who picked the United Nations as the employer they would most like to work for. A&O only secured joint sixth position behind Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May in the Oxbridge rankings. The investment banks do cross the radars of Oxbridge students with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank all appearing in the top 20.

In contrast A&O was the most popular employer for students studying at King’s College London (UCL), London School of Economics, Queen Mary University of London and University College London. Slaughters, however, did not make the London universities’ table.

Bad work-life balance and lack of diversity are putting students off applying to law firms, according to the survey, which is published later today (12 March).

The survey found that 45 per cent of university students listed bad work-life balance as their reason for not wanting to work for a law firm after graduating.

Meanwhile, 25 per cent and 20 per cent blamed lack of diversity and the range of work experience being too narrow respectively.

Money, however, featured at the bottom of the list with just over 8 per cent of students putting low salaries down as their reason for not wanting to work for law firms.

Source: Trendence