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Lawyers do not need degrees

Time to remove one of Britain’s great glass ceilings

By Dominic Raab   April 2013

Many people dream of a career in one of the professions, but struggle to fund those aspirations. In a 2012 report for the government, Alan Milburn estimated that the professions would account for 83 per cent of new jobs in Britain in the next decade. But, he argued: “Across the professions as a whole, the glass ceiling has been scratched but not broken,” adding “the graduate grip on the labour market is still strong.”

Take law. The development of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) has allowed over 20,000 qualified legal executives to enter the profession, mostly via a…

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