A recent article in the Australian (here) noted that there are fewer law students taking jobs in firms and more law students taking jobs in industry and commerce. The article is titled ‘Fewer graduates choosing practice …’.
Is this trend really a matter of choice or a case of taking what is available? Certainly, the article refers to AAR development director Jane Lewis who noted that
‘Growth in law firm jobs had not kept pace with the sharp increase in graduate numbers … so it made sense that a greater proportion of law graduates were being employed in the corporate sector.’
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The article also refers to Will Irving from Testra who said they ‘employed individuals with law degrees in every part of its business, from sales to internal audits’ and ponders whether students study law to get a job, much as arts degrees were taken in the 1950s.
It would be a shame to see the demise of Arts as a general degree that opens the way to variety of careers. Law is a long, expensive and specialised course of study to take, just to get a job.
Addendum: a warning about studying law for the ‘wrong’ reasons:
What do you think?