Law and Politics

Key facts

General UK facts

  • The sector is more highly qualified than average, with 35 per cent qualified to A Level or Higher Education level. The main reason for the high qualification level is due to the high level of training entrants to this sector receive.
  • The Justice sector employs 847,600 UK employees (including Legal Services), approximately 3% of the total workforce, across its major strands of activity, each with their own unique functions. The sector also has a large volunteer workforce who mainly support justice, policing and custodial care.
  • Law is the highest paid graduate job with salaries at an average of £36,000 approx. This makes law an attractive profession, and competition for training contract places is high; almost three times as many applicants for each available vacancy.
  • Protecting businesses against theft, data loss and terrorism will continue to be big growth areas. There will be opportunities in the UK and abroad.
  • See the Skills for Justice labour market information here

South of England facts

  • The South West has 52 Courts - 24 Magistrates Courts, 11 Crown and 17 County Courts.  And the South East which includes Oxford, Thames valley and Solent is home to 36 Magistrates Courts, 11 Crown and 30 County Courts.
  • Find a local court here:
  • Link to map of prisons and Young offenders Institutes including Oxford, Thames Valley, Solent and South West areas.
  • There are a number of large law companies like Burges Salmon, Osborne Clarke, DAC Beachcroft, TLT Solicitors, Bond Pearce and Foot Anstey based in Bristol, and the region’s other major cities such as Bath, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton and Cheltenham.
  • Find out detailed information about employment in the West of England 2015 for Professional Services which includes law.


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