Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle is inspiring young British women to study law thanks to her legal eagle TV character.
Meghan, 35, plays paralegal Rachel Zane in US TV series ‘Suits’.
And a new study suggests her high-profile is pointing young women towards a career in law.
A survey of British adults found 62% have researched a legal job after seeing it on TV or films.
And 35% say they joined the legal profession after seeing the job in a TV show.
Applications for law degrees among women have increased by 20% over the past five years.
And Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers Solicitors, the north west firm who carried out the survey of more than 2,000 adults, said: “The impact of TV role models shouldn’t be underestimated.
“We have seen in previous years how shows such as CSI have lead 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.
“Growing up I was fascinated by those TV lawyers who fought against the odds to secure justice for their clients, and that still affects how I see my job today.
“It also suggests that TV production companies could have a role to play in helping inspire people into professions where there is going to be most need in 10 or 20 years’ time.
“With that in mind, perhaps we need shows that popularise engineers or mathematicians to help shape future generations.”
The all time top 10 inspiring TV law characters are:
1 – Jack McCoy – Law & Order US (played by Sam Waterston);
2 – Judge Rinder;
3 – Judge John Deed (played by Martin Shaw);
4 – Michael Kuzak – LA Law (played by Harry Hamlin);
5 – Ally McBeal (played by Calista Flockhart);
6 – Rumpole Of The Bailey (played by Leo McKern);
7 – Perrie Mason (played by Raymond Burr);
8 – Rachel Zane – Suits (played by Meghan Markle );
9 – Kavanagh QC (played by John Thaw);
10 – Martha Costello – Silk (played by Maxine Peak).