Stephen Halloran considers how firms can recruit and attract the next generation of criminal lawyers
Law remains one of the most highly desired and competitive professions among young people, but the criminal justice system is falling behind other specialisms when it comes to recruiting the best and brightest talent.
According to the Law Society, 29,565 British students applied to undergraduate law courses in the 2019-2020 academic year. However, 2019 saw only 6,344 new traineeships registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, meaning out of the huge number of law students graduating each year, only a select few are securing an all-important training contract.
Criminal law, and in particular criminal defence, is struggling to attract enough young lawyers. This is just one of the challenges faced by the field, w...