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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.

Legal Profession Statistics

  Solicitors Barristers
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

Number of Practising Professionals in the UK

Training Contracts v Pupillages

 Solicitor v Barrister Salary Statistics

This table compares the salary ranges for solicitors and barristers, from trainee level to those newly qualified.

Level of experience Solicitor Barrister
Trainee Level £18,000-43,000+ £12,000-60,000+
Newly Qualified £50,000-90,000+ £73,000-300,000+
Funding for LPC/BPTC Yes Yes

Solicitors' Firms v Barristers' Chambers

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
High street 18,000 12,000
Regional 27,850 17,800
City 38,679 68,333

Average Solicitor v Barrister Salaries

Average Trainee Salary

Average Barristers’ Salaries: Practice Area Statistics

The following table compares the practice area of law with average barristers’ salaries.

Practice area Average NQ Barrister Salary
Commercial 70,000
Criminal 20,000
Family 20,000

Average Barrister Salary and Practice Area

Law at University Statistics

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.

  UK Overseas Total
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%

Law applications to university in the UK

Number of applications to Law in the UK - accepted v rejected


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