Manchester’s standing as the UK’s second legal city is to be boosted by an intake of 500 legal students in September attending The College of Law’s new Manchester centre.
67% of these students are from the Northwest and it is predicted that three quarters of them will remain employed in the region.
The city has the second largest legal student community outside London with a flow of over 9,110 students.
In 2008, 70% of law graduates from the Northwest were employed in the region, of these lawyers 64.6% were female and 35.4% were male.
Law students who have completed their Legal Practice Course (LPC) are employed in Manchester in a range of organisations, 95.2% work in legal practices, 1.8% work for local government and 0.8% are established in-house .
Nigel Savage, chief executive of The College of Law, said: “We’re pleased the Manchester legal scene is thriving and that the region is able to nurture talented future lawyers and retain them after qualification. Our new centre will attract more law students than ever to the city. This is testament to the aptitude of students and the strength of the Manchester legal community.”
Sarah Darch, Business Development Manager (Financial and Professional services) at MIDAS, said: “The city’s legal community has grown rapidly in the last two years, and continues to expand. Recent law firms to open into the city include Shoosmiths, McGrigors and Mills and Reeve . This is a great time to become part of the legal scene in the Northwest.”
MIDAS is set up to secure significant levels of new investment and employment for the city. This is achieved through the global business marketing of Manchester and promotion of the city as a leading European business location as well as a complimentary commercial destination to London.
The College of Law is the leading provider of professional legal education and training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York. A new centre will be opening in Bristol in 2010.