Law Society responds to training review

By Julia Duke

26 June 2013 at 12:11 BST

Those seeking a career in law should prepare for a long road ahead of them before choosing to continue along the challenging path, according to the Law Society in response to the Legal Education and Training Review.

Advice for students and institutions

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) commissioned the report in June 2011 to advise both the student and the training institution in England and Wales, Legal Week reports. The review, which was produced by UKCLE Research Consortium, wanted to insure that both the future lawyer and the educational system alter in conjunction with the legal services market and stay receptive to any changes.

'Lacking skills'

Law Society Chief Executive Desmond Hudson responded to the review, saying that these future lawyers are lacking both the skills and realities necessary for success in the profession.
Mr Hudson also critiqued the educational system adding: ‘Educational establishments which are privileged to deliver qualifying law degrees are leaving quality assurance to the profession. The feedback we are getting from law firms shows that graduates are lacking the skills expected of them when they commence employment.’


The report included another recommendation, which stressed the importance of apprenticeships. The chief executive had advice of his own, insisting on the implementation of professional ethics in regards to internships and work experience.
The Law Society also promoted improvement, while suggesting that these changes be suitable for small and large organisations alike. The SRA, BSB and IPS supported the review and the guidance it provided for the future, Legal Week reports.


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