Legal education

The need to promote social mobility and the likely demands of clients will form part of a major review of legal education and training. The BSB, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards are jointly to review legal services education and training in the regulated legal sector.

The review will examine the academic achievements required by prospective lawyers and their regulatory function; the requirement for education post-qualification, such as CPD, accreditation and quality assurance schemes; and the requirements placed on those delivering education. It will look at: how the implementation of the Legal Services Act 2007 might affect legal education and training; whether the training of paralegals should be formally regulated; and the issue of career development and mobility between the different branches of the legal profession. An external research team will be appointed by the three regulators in February.  Ruth Deech, Chair of the BSB, said: “The collaborative approach to this review will ensure a positive future for the legal profession.”