Taking this opinion from another angle, I would say that there remains a latent bias towards science graduates who have studied at either Oxford or Cambridge for trainee patent attorney positions.

From a recruitment perspective, having an Oxbridge degree will invariably open more doors with either institution on your CV.

However, if you've studied at comparable Russell Group universities (Durham, Manchester, Warwick etc) then you'll stand a very good chance of securing interviews and offers too.

There has also been more a shift towards the actual content and relevance of degree courses to more closely align with IP firms and their client requirements - particularly in IT and computer science.

Also, cultural fit and personality matching has risen in prominence in recent years too, so the barriers to entry are not as robust as they once were.