Whilst law can be a fulfilling and rewarding career for people from every background, young people in the UK are being discouraged from studying the subject according to research by leading law firm Walker Morris.
The new research shows that four in ten (38%) young people have been advised against pursuing their chosen career path, with just 16% expressing that they had ever considered a career in law. It also revealed that young women are often more likely to consider law as a career than young men, with 20% of women saying they had thought about it compared to 11% of men.
The survey of 2,000 14-18-year-olds in the UK highlights that whilst perceptions of the legal industry are changing, with many firms more inclusive and diverse than ever, there is still a lot of work to do within the legal sector. For example, the data reveals that students from lower-income households were 8% more likely to have been discouraged from studying law by an adult.
It is hardly surprising that so few individuals are considering a career in law, as the research revealed that almost half (46%) of students are not offered the option to take a law course at GCSE or A-Level.