Ally McBeal has slain Rumpole of the Bailey when it comes to a career in Scots law.
Liz Campbell, the head of education and training for the Law Society, said: “We can say that by 2010, the typical Scottish lawyer will be under 30, female and educated in a state school.
“We can say that confidently because we know who is in law courses and entering the profession and also who is on course to leave the profession in coming years.”
The Law Society’s own figures show that 65% of this year’s entrants to law courses at Scottish universities are female, a jump from 55% in 2004.
Peter Robson, professor of law at the University of Strathclyde, said: “I have taught law since the 1970s, and at that time my students were 90% male. There has been a complete transformation in women’s aspirations and expectations.”
Scotland’s first female judge was Lady Cosgrove, who was promoted to the bench in 1996 and is now retired.