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Law Statistics and Facts

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

 SolicitorsBarristers
Number of practising solicitors/barristers (2015)133,83715,899
Number of TC/Pupillages available (2015)5,457437
Number of Firms/Chambers in the UK (2016)10,306409

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 experienceSolicitorBarrister
Trainee Level£18,000-43,000+£12,000-60,000+
Newly Qualified£50,000-90,000+£73,000-300,000+
Funding for LPC/BPTCYesYes

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/ChambersSolicitorBarrister
High street18,00012,000
Regional27,85017,800
City38,67968,333

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 areaAverage NQ Barrister Salary
Commercial70,000
Criminal20,000
Family20,000

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.

 UKOverseasTotal
Number of law applications to university in the UK (2015-2016)23,88533,01056,895
Number of law students accepted to university in the UK (2015-2016)17,33522,32039,655
Percentage of successful applications72.5%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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