Record numbers apply to study law at uni

University admissions statistics have revealed that more students than ever before have applied to study law courses.

The figures published by admissions service UCAS showed that no fewer than 83,000 applicants have applied to university or college to study law this year, an overall increase of 5.6 per cent since 2009.

This makes law one of the most popular subjects for students entering further education yet again, coming just below nursing and psychology, which ranked first and second respectively.

Figures from UCAS have also shown another record year for applicants to higher education across the board for the fourth year running.

As of 22 January 2010 there were 570,556 applicants, a rise of 106,389 or 22.9 per cent from 2009.

The statistics may cause concern to the Law Society, which launched a campaign to warn students to think twice about embarking on a career as a lawyer last year.

The information campaign kick-started in July 2009 is targeting university and secondary school students and contains information about the cost of legal training as well as the shrinking number of training contracts on offer.

Meanwhile, research by Incomes Data Services (IDS) has shown that there were around 44 applications for each graduate vacancy in 2009 but this year the total is expected to be even higher as a backlog of unemployed graduates make further attempts to find jobs.

The news comes after chancellor Alistair Darling has pledged to create 20,000 new university places to cope with the surge in demand.