There's much effort being made to consider and tackle the low level of diversity in the English legal professions at the moment. As I wrote in my short blog on a conference on Widening Participation in the Legal Professions, this is heartening - http://halebury.passle.net/post/102cuzr/success-in-legal-careers-for-those-who-arent-privileged-white-men. Sadly, the unconscious bias in favour of those from a privileged background perhaps goes very deep as, once a lawyer from a state school background jumps all the hurdles and gets that dream job, he or she could find themselves getting paid less than public school graduates after a few years. Monitoring and addressing this further diversity problem is vital to keep the state school graduate incentivised to stay the course.