Concerns over legal education proposals revealed at Nottingham Law School debate

Legal practitioners have expressed their concerns regarding "Training for Tomorrow", the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) proposals to reform legal education and training, at roundtable discussion held at Nottingham Law School.

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The need for clarity and consistency in legal education was highlighted

Legal practitioners have expressed their concerns regarding Training for Tomorrow, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) proposals to reform legal education and training, at roundtable discussion held at Nottingham Law School.

More than 40 delegates attended the debate, coming from all over the UK and representing training providers, University Law Schools, law firms, representative bodies and interest groups.

A broad consensus was held with regards to concerns over the SRA’s approach to consultation and their clearly stated preference for centralised assessments.

Many feared that the removal of clear pathways to qualification would impact on the international reputation of solicitors and cause issues for both students and employers. The need for clarity and consistency in the legal education and training regime was also highlighted.

The importance and value of the journey to qualification was emphasised by delegates including the need for under graduate study and the retention of the qualifying law degree.

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Helen Hudson, Nottingham Law School

Head of postgraduate professional courses at Nottingham Law School, Helen Hudson, led the debate. She said: “There was overwhelming support for widening access to the profession, but on the basis that intellectual rigour and discipline to entry is maintained. Delegates did however feel that the SRA’s current approach is likely to have a negative impact on widening access.

"There was no fundamental objection to centralised assessment but the view was that this could be incorporated into the current system.

"As one of the largest university law schools in the UK we were very keen to lead this important debate. It will no doubt continue and it is hoped that the SRA will listen to and engage with stakeholders in a meaningful way going forward."

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Concerns over legal education proposals revealed at Nottingham Law School debate

Published on 7 December 2015
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