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Legal firms prefer graduates with law degrees, says expert

Published: Thursday, 07 May 2009   Category: Law

An expert writing in the Times has said that those looking for graduate law jobs have a better chance than people who undertake one-year graduate diplomas in law (GDLs).

Responding to the recent news that law firm Slaughter and May had decided to cease its recruitment of non-graduates, Edward Fennell said that law firms sometimes recruit even numbers of university leavers and GDL holders but the average ratio is usually 60:40 in favour of law graduates.

However, Mr Fennell also admitted that those looking for graduate law jobs with first degrees in science or engineering are also usually welcomed into legal firms.

He told the newspaper: "Some recruiters say privately that they prefer the law applicants because they have shown long-term commitment to the profession."

Recent research by Warwick University found that, while some degrees may lead to only £3,000 greater average annual salary, law degrees were included in those which bring in the highest income.


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