Changes to the training of English and Welsh lawyers: implications for the future of university law schools

Davies, Mark (2017) Changes to the training of English and Welsh lawyers: implications for the future of university law schools. The Law Teacher, 52 (1). pp. 100-125. ISSN 0306-9400

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Abstract

The focus of this article is upon the plans by the Bar Standards Board and, in particular, the Solicitors Regulation Authority to remodel the education and training processes for barristers and solicitors. Presenting the possibility of the most radical changes to legal education in recent decades, the proposals present Anglo-Welsh law schools with dilemmas in terms of their future educational models, student recruitment and issues of equal opportunities and accessibility. However, opportunities are also present, should some law schools wish to utilise the momentum for change to move away from constraints necessitated by following an, in part, professionally determined syllabus. Research Excellence Framework, professorial expertise and doctoral degree data are used to demonstrate the possibility that some law schools have already moved away from focusing on areas most relevant to professional practice, but may have retained a dependence on qualifying law degree status to recruit students in comparatively large numbers.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: BSB; SRA; Law Schools; Qualifying Law Degree; Solicitors Regulation Authority; Solicitors Qualifying Examination; SQE
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland
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Depositing User: Mark Davies
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2017 08:44
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 10:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70544

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