By Thomas, Phil Thomas
While the occupation in addition to the legislation has verified ideas, methods, associations and codes of perform aimed to advertise open entry to becoming a member of and succeeding in the felony career, however, there continues to be discrimination. This ebook examines the formal and casual boundaries, in a Weberian experience, that have produced a homogenous criminal occupation and, extra, stories and recommend ways that the occupation can proceed its said stream in the direction of heterogeneity.
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34 Current data makes equally depressing reading as students juggle their financial commitments with inadequate income, often obliging them to seek increasingly long hours of paid employment in order to maintain viable living standards. Researchers have identified increasing mental health problems amongst the student population to be an inevitable consequence of such stress-related lives. 35 Dr Roberts of Westminster University surveyed two London universities, one old and one new. More than half those questioned worked 20 hours a week for money in addition to studying.
Interesting in itself, it is particularly relevant when we move on to the issue of recruitment into legal practice. The gender division of the students in the survey is 40% male and 60% female. This breakdown is reproduced across each of the institutions with only marginal deviations. The average age of first year law students is 20. 43 For an account of the findings see (1993) Solicitors Journal, 12 March, (1993) The Independent, 12 March and Thomas (1993) 27 Law Teacher 152, p 153. 44 (1998) The Lawyer, 20 October.
But the Bar has a clear moral obligation, once it has accepted them on its vocational course, to enable them at least to complete their vocational training. First, then, the Bar has to make it a breach of professional etiquette to refuse without good cause to take a pupil. Good cause may be as personal as a personality clash or as impersonal as the physical or organisational capacity of chambers; but the ground rule for chambers admission procedures has to be 31 About 27% of BVC students rely on Inn awards for their fees, but only 10% for their living expenses: Goldsmith Report, 1998.