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Minority students not gaining entry to top firms

Published: Thursday, 24 January 2008   Category: Law | Graduate Job sector Reports

New research has found that ethnic minority and female students are still having difficulty gaining employment with top law firms in the UK, Legalweek hs reported

The figures, from the annual Legal Week Intelligence Law Student Survey, show that although 25 per cent of Legal Practice Course (LPC) students come from ethnic minorities, just 18 per cent of training contracts are being secured by graduates from these backgrounds.

This is despite several of the UK's top law firms actively seeking to tackle diversity by enlisting in schemes organised by the Black Lawyers Directory which help train ethnic minority students.

The survey also showed that, while students wishing to become lawyers have increased, the number of those looking for careers in investment banking has fallen.

Linklaters trainee recruitment partner Simon Firth commented: "It tends to be cyclical. When there are problems in the City it puts people off wanting to become investment bankers. The legal profession is doing well at the moment and that attracts people."

Legalweek have also reported that Allen & Overy is set to introduce working flexibility to its lawyers as top firms struggle to adapt to the aftermath of the credit crunch

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