JUSTICE Secretary Kenny MacAskill has attacked universities for luring students into law courses when only one in four trainee lawyers can find work.
The minister said he was "unimpressed" by the attitude of law schools and expressed concern they were not putting the needs of students first.
New government statistics revealed the depths of an employment crisis facing trainee lawyers in Scotland, some of whom pay 5,000 for their courses.
MacAskill made his remarks during a meeting with the Law Society of Scotland, which represents solicitors. His concerns emerged in minutes obtained under Freedom of Information legislation.