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Are more young women being inspired to study law by Meghan Markle’s appearance in the TV drama Suits?

Meghan Markle is Rachel Zane in Suits

Meghan Markle is Rachel Zane in Suits

Whilst almost impossible for most of us to emulate Meghan Markle in real life by dating and soon marrying a Prince, it appears that many of us have been inspired by and are choosing to follow in the footsteps of her senior paralegal character Rachel Zane in the television series, New York based ‘Suits’.

Prince Harry’s fiancée is included within a list of television stars responsible for encouraging young women (aged between 18-30) to study law following a survey undertaken by Fletchers Solicitors.  The firm interviewed 2000 television fans and found that 62% of those questioned had researched a legal job and 35% had subsequently joined the legal profession as a direct result of its representation on the screen.

There is more proof according to UCAS figures which detail applications by women for law degree courses have risen by 20% over the past five years. 

“The impact of TV role models shouldn’t be underestimated,” Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers Solicitors said in explanation for the firm’s findings.

“We have seen in previous years how shows such as CSI have led to a surge in forensic science course applications.  Now it seems that it is now the turn of the law and business professions to benefit from an influx in interest and applicants” he added.

Other television appearances revealed to have motivated millennials when taking career paths were the Dragon’s Den multi-millionaire investors (14%) and physicist Professor Brian Cox (17%) 

It appears that our television viewing habits are now really influencing the career decisions we make and thus have a great impact on our lives.

If you are a Meghan Markle wannabe, then come and see LawConsultants, we have lots of opportunities at all types of firms.  We can’t promise you Harvey Spector, but we’ll also make sure you are not working with a Louis Litt.  And who knows you might even meet your very own Mike Ross.

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