University team wins grant to research ethnic take-up

Researchers at the University of North London have launched a study to establish whether Black Caribbean students are disadvanged by the undergraduate law curriculum.

A recent study of North London students revealed that 43.8 per cent of Black Caribbean law students wanted to work outside the legal profession, while only 37.5 per cent said they wanted to train as solicitors. An equivalent study of white law students showed that 47.1 per cent wanted to become solicitors, while 32.4 per cent plan to leave the law behind after university. Yet more Black Caribbean students would like to become barristers than white students.

The team, led by careers adviser Dr Eddie Tunnah, has been awarded a £5,000 grant from the UK Centre for Legal Education to identify areas of the curriculum that could inhi-bit Black Caribbean students.

Law Society statistics from July 2000 showed there were 426 Black Caribbean practising certificate holders in England and Wales, compared with 2,788 Asian and 66,604 white lawyers.