It will be music to most lawyers' ears to hear that law is the hardest degree to get a first in, according to data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. In 2015/16, just under 14% of law students graduated with a first class degree.

In addition, in terms of gender diversity, the research shows that law students are also more likely to be female and more ethnically diverse - 34% of law students are from black or minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, compared to an average of 22% across other disciplines.

We consider these issues in our Opening up or shutting out? report on social mobility in the legal sector. 

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