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Law graduates: best A levels, fewest firsts
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Despite leaving college with the best grades, law graduates are leaving university with the lowest number of first class degrees, new research has claimed.
The study conducted by the Recruiters' Guide to Courses and Campuses and reported on onrec.com, shows that only eight per cent of law graduates gain firsts, lower than many other university courses.
Appearing in Real World magazine the study outlines how law students at Russell Group Universities averaged 457 A-level points, the equivalent of three A grades and a B.
According to the research, a gender gap is developing among law gradate, with women outnumbering men 67 to 33 per 100 and 58 per cent of women gaining 2:1 grades or firsts, compared with 52 per cent of men.
Darius Norell, co-author of the report, told the magazine: "This highlights the difficulties in trying to compare degree results from different disciplines."
He added: "Employers need to be aware of the wide discrepancies that exist in order to run a fair recruitment process."
The research also revealed that 25 per cent of law students were ethnic minorities; the average among the other subjects was 15 per cent.