Surge in university applications for law

Over 6,000 more applications have been made to study law at university for the 2013/14 academic year, compared to applications made for the 2012/13 year.

This increase follows the initial drop in university applications caused by the hike in annual tuition fees to £9,000.

For law, the rise from 117,754 applications for 2012/13 to 123,760 applications for 2013/14 represents a 5.1 per cent rise, compared to an average rise of 2.9 per cent across all subjects. Law is now the sixth most popular subject choice among students wanting to study at a UK university, of the 25 subject categories as classified by UCAS.

Overall, there was a 3.1 per cent rise in the number of people applying to university. In 2012/13, 618,247 people applied to university while applications for 2013/14 stood at 637,456, an increase of nearly 20,000.

There was a clear disjunct between the numbers of applicants aged 17 to 24 and people aged 24 and over. Compared to last year’s figures, 4.2 per cent more people belonging to the younger age group applied to university while one per cent fewer 24-29 year olds applied, 2.7 per cent fewer 30-39 year olds applied and 2.1 per cent fewer people aged 40 years and over applied.

International applicants rose by 5.3 per cent with Malaysia taking the crown for the biggest rise. For the 2013/14 year, 25.8 per cent more Malaysian students applied to UK institutions than for the previous academic year. Outside of the EU, East Asia is the largest source of applicants to UK universities, with students from this region making up 35 per cent of total international applicants.

Within the UK, the biggest rise in applications compared to last year was from students living in Northern Ireland. Compared to 2012/13, 6 per cent more Northern Irish people applied to attend a UK university. The biggest fall was in Wales, where 2.5 per cent fewer people applied to university.