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Firms set for increased graduate legal job competition

Published: Monday, 23 July 2007   Category: Law

Law firms are set to have more applicants vying for graduate legal jobs as the number of students applying to study law increases.

According to UCAS analysis of university applications, law is the most popular subject for the 2007 entry.

This year there could be up to 96,687 students studying law, a 12 per cent increase on this time last year, which could mean more law graduates and more competition for graduate legal jobs in three years' time.

The second most popular subject was psychology which attracted almost 85,000 applications. Materials technology was the fastest growing topic area with a 58.4 per cent increase in applications.

Commenting on the general rise in applicants to university, Bill Rammell, higher education minister said: "The small downturn we saw last year, which we always anticipated, has been strongly reversed this year - as these figures undoubtedly prove.

"It seems that tuition fees are not putting students off applying to university as many predicted. The critics of the new system are continuously being proved wrong," he added.

University applications in Northern Ireland decreased by more then five per cent and applications in Scotland suffered a small 0.5 per cent decline.

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