The Crown Prosecution Service heads the 'most attractive employers' list for people studying law this year, according to a survey of almost 3,000 law students.

It was closely followed by Google, Clifford Chance, Slaughter and May, and Allen & Overy, according to marketing agency Universum.

The Civil Service, the BBC and Apple proved more popular than the majority of major law firms, including Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which were number nine and number 18 respectively.

Meanwhile, the armed forces came in at number 34 and Oxfam was number 44.

According to Universum, the 39,900 UK students who were surveyed – including the 3,000 law students – expect a monthly salary of £2,271 (£27,252 a year) and their top career goals included a work/life balance, having job security and serving a greater good.

Out of these students, 11% said they would choose a career in legal services. Health care services proved most popular, with almost 20% of students saying they would like to work in that industry.

Max Hill, director of public prosecutions said: 'The CPS offers uniquely challenging and varied work, the freedom to use personal judgement and experience as well as the chance to have a very real impact on society. We have 44 new trainee solicitors and pupil barristers scheduled to start with CPS in November 2019.'