Statistics for Training to be a Solicitor

Having read the statistics from the Bar Standards Board about training for the bar (as tweeted by @pupillageblog) it made me wonder if there were any more up to date figures for Trainee Solicitors and training contracts (but I can’t seem to find anything so fantastically in depth). Better figures should be provided so that students can make more accurate decisions relating to job prospects.

The most recent figures I can find (Nov 2010) are for provided by the LSB and apply to both training contracts and pupillages:

We currently have almost 14,000 students annually graduating with a Qualifying Law Degree, and around 5,000 enrolled the Graduate Diploma in Law.
Of those, over 11,000 enrolled last year on either the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.
Following the postgraduate stage, 6,271 commenced either a training contract or a pupillage.

The alternative figures I can find are the “entry trends” as published by the Law Society which do not appear to have been updated recently and can be summarised as follows:

  • 140,000 solicitors on the roll in England and Wales with approximately 7,000 – 8,000 qualifying each year. As at 31 July 2009, there were 145,381 solicitors on the Roll.
  • In 2008, 27,384 people applied to study law at undergraduate level in England and Wales.
  • In 2008-09, there were 11,375 full time and 3,112 part time places available on the Legal Practice Course with 9,337 students enrolling in total. In 2009-10 there will be 11,370 full-time and 3,112 part-time places available. No information on how many enrolled.
  • In the year ending 31 July 2009, 5,809 new traineeships were registered with the SRA. This was a decrease of 7.8% on the level recorded the previous year.
  • 8,491 individuals were admitted to the Roll in the year that ended 31 July 2009. (an increase of 8.0% on admissions the year before).

The full report for 2009 can be viewed here. This contains an in-depth analysis of traineeships based on location, gender, types of practice, ethnic origin and even age of admission to the roll, which makes an interesting read.

The 2009 report from the SRA doesn’t provide a lot of information on graduates/training contracts – but it does state that:

At the end of the second quarter, there were over 11,500 trainees in post, based in around 3,330 different firms and organisations. These figures are lower than we saw 12 months ago, with over 12,000 trainees at the end of June 2008, working in 3,750 different firms and organisations.

But the SRA do not have appeared to have produced any figures specifically relating to graduates/training contract (correct me if I am wrong). Although they do have some interesting figures relating to routes to qualification similar to that of the Law Society Report.

Finally, last month in the gazette it was announced that there is going to be a study to examine the oversupply of LPC graduates which provoked much discussion – but maybe we’ll get some useful figures out of this.

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  1. These are very interesting facts. The law field looks like it is growing up quick and from what other reports have stated, I dont know if there is room for everyone.

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