The College of Law has emerged as the most popular law school among law undergraduates and Graduate Diploma in Law students for the second year running in a major survey carried out by Legal Week Intelligence.
The College was named as law school of preference by 51 per cent of survey respondents in the Law Student Report 2010, nearly double the score of its nearest rival on 26 per cent. This represents an increase of 17 percentage points compared with the results of last year’s survey, when the College also came top. Legal Week Intelligence, the research arm of the publication Legal Week, surveyed more than 3,000 students at Russell Group universities and major Graduate Diploma in Law course providers.
The study examines the reasons why students choose law as a career and how their views of law firms develop during the length of their course. It also looks at the career options considered by students, what attracts them to law and the most powerful influences on their choice of firm.
Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law, said: “This excellent result is a recognition of the huge investment that the College has made and continues to make in the quality of our services.
“We’ve invested in new centres, state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge teaching technologies and offer unrivalled levels of face to face teaching from our highly motivated staff, all of whom are qualified lawyers.
“Also our careers services are second to none giving students the best possible start to their legal careers. We have 22 career advisers across the College and relationships with over four hundred law firms. Last year 88% per cent of our students obtained work in the legal services market.”
The Law Student Report also asked respondents to rate law firms across a range of categories: - training provision, career options, work-life balance, prestige and gender opportunities.
Overall leader among international law firms across all categories, Allen & Overy, has an exclusive training partnership with The College of Law. Since 2006 the College has provided a tailored firm-specific Legal Practice Course to A&O’s future trainees at its London Moorgate centre and in September 2009 it also became the preferred provider of the Graduate Diploma in Law for the firm.
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