This page aims to give you an overview of some statistics that you may want to consider when deciding on law, or if you are contemplating whether to become a barrister or solicitor. You might want to think about the differences in training vacancies, salaries and even the trends in successful applications to university.
|Number of practising solicitors/barristers (2015)||133,837||15,899|
|Number of TC/Pupillages available (2015)||5,457||437|
|Number of Firms/Chambers in the UK (2016)||10,306||409|
This table compares the salary ranges for solicitors and barristers, from trainee level to those newly qualified.
|Level of experience||Solicitor||Barrister|
|Funding for LPC/BPTC||Yes||Yes|
The table below shows the average trainee salary of barristers and solicitors at different types of chambers and firms.
|Type of Firm/Chambers||Solicitor||Barrister|
The following table compares the practice area of law with average barristers’ salaries.
|Practice area||Average NQ Barrister Salary|
The table below shows the number of applications to study law at university in the UK and overseas, as well as the percentage of successful applications.
|Number of law applications to university in the UK (2015-2016)||23,885||33,010||56,895|
|Number of law students accepted to university in the UK (2015-2016)||17,335||22,320||39,655|
|Percentage of successful applications||72.5%||67.6%||69.7%|
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