Don’t let consultation fatigue saddle generations of future Bar students with more of the status quo: a hugely expensive course with low prospects of acquiring pupillage at the end, argues Guy Fetherstonaugh QC – Counsel

Posted January 17th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, universities by tracey

‘Consultation fatigue is a particular problem for the Bar, with its substantial cohort of busy and independently minded practitioners. But every once in a while, along comes a paper upon which we should all of us express a strong view: the Consultation on the Future of Training for the Bar: Further Routes to Authorisation – prominently the reform of the Bar professional training course (BPTC).’

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Counsel, January 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Review urges higher fees and mandatory training to combat “poor-quality” advice in Youth Courts – Legal Futures

Posted December 14th, 2016 in fees, legal aid, legal education, legal representation, news, youth courts by sally

‘The status and quality of legal representation for children before the Youth Court need to be raised first by an increase in legal aid rates and then by mandatory training for all solicitors and barristers appearing for them, a government-commissioned review has recommended.’

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Legal Futures, 14th December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Oversupply of law graduates and growing number of LiPs are solution to each other’s problem, says MR – Legal Futures

‘The combination of an oversupply of law graduates shut out of the profession due to fewer training contracts or pupillages and the growing number of litigants in person (LiPs) offers an opportunity to enhance access to justice while helping students into practice, the Master of the Rolls has said.’

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Legal Futures, 7th December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Lecture by Sir Terence Etherton, MR: LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards lecture 2016 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘It is a real pleasure to have been asked to give this year’s LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards lecture. My subject is Access to Justice. I am not interested in it as a slogan. I am interested in it because access to justice lies at the heart of any society that aspires to call itself just, civilised, and committed to democracy and the rule of law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th December 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Bar Council and Inns: Cut training cost by allowing students to learn the law how they want – Legal Futures

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in barristers, inns of court, legal education, news by sally

‘A model of training barristers that would split the Bar professional training course (BPTC) into two – allowing students to learn procedure and evidence however they want before undergoing compulsory skills training – has been put forward by the Bar Council and Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) as another alternative to the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) current consultation on training reform.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Students to get Bar Council membership – The Bar Council

Posted November 30th, 2016 in barristers, legal education, press releases by tracey

‘Students considering a career at the Bar can now become involved with the Bar Council and support the organisation’s work on access to justice, as well as benefit from a number of services offered to subscribers by the Bar Council, the representative body for barristers.’

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The Bar Council, 29th November 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Legal profession part of the problem as commission says social mobility is getting worse – Legal Futures

Posted November 17th, 2016 in diversity, legal education, legal profession, news, reports by sally

‘Privately educated people still dominate the legal profession, with barriers to entry for those from less affluent backgrounds are even more acute at the Bar than among solicitors, the Social Mobility Commission said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.com

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ULaw forced to stop calling itself “UK’s leading law school” – Legal Futures

Posted November 16th, 2016 in advertising, legal education, news, universities by sally

‘The University of Law (ULaw) is to stop claiming that it is the “leading” law school in the UK in the wake of a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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The criminology course opening the door to education for prisoners – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2016 in crime, legal education, news, prisons, rehabilitation, universities by sally

‘Side by side, Cambridge postgraduates and inmates at a Buckinghamshire prison mull over thorny issues, such as what is legitimate use of power, or why do people obey the law? They are studying criminology together within the walls of HMP Grendon, in small, carefully mixed groups. Over eight weeks they are treated as equals by academic staff; once a week they read, study, discuss and write essays before “graduating” together – though this master’s level study doesn’t carry official university credits.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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SQE will become part of law degrees and make LPC “redundant” – Legal Futures

Posted October 28th, 2016 in legal education, news, solicitors, universities by sally

‘Some universities will incorporate the first stage of the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) into their law degrees, the education and training director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 28th October 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Law schools urged to reconsider how they prepare students for practice amid concerns about ethics – Legal Futures

Posted October 26th, 2016 in legal education, news, professional conduct, reports by sally

‘More than one in five law students polled in the UK and the US admit that they would falsify time records for personal and business gain, according to a study of student ethics.’

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Legal Futures, 25th October 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Five myths about studying law, debunked – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2016 in legal education, news, universities by sally

‘Studying law is full of unexpected twists and turns – and in the end, you may not even turn into a lawyer.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Law degree “not a particularly good training” for the law, Supreme Court justice says – Legal Futures

Posted October 14th, 2016 in judges, legal education, legal profession, news by sally

‘Lord Sumption, the outspoken Supreme Court justice, has said he regrets the “growing tendency of would-be lawyers to devote themselves to the study of law from the age of eighteen”.’

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Legal Futures, 2th October 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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E-disclosure first for LLM students – Litigation Futures

Posted September 13th, 2016 in computer programs, disclosure, legal education, news by sally

‘LLM students at the school of law at Queen Mary University of London will next month become the first in the UK to be part of a new academic course in e-disclosure.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th September 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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LSB tells Bar regulator not to keep changing the pass mark for aptitude test – Legal Futures

Posted September 9th, 2016 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news by tracey

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has warned the Bar’s regulator that it cannot keep changing the cut score for the test would-be barristers have to pass before being allowed to take the Bar professional training course (BPTC).’

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Legal Futures, 8th September 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Lord Chancellor expresses delight at action taken against “ambulance chasing” law firm – Legal Futures

Posted September 7th, 2016 in human rights, law firms, legal education, lord chancellor, news, parliament by sally

‘The new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice used her first appearance in the House of Commons to label Birmingham law firm Public Interest Lawyers as “ambulance chasers”.’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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LSB pushes for fully independent regulators to prevent professional bodies resisting reforms – Legal Futures

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in barristers, legal education, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has argued more strongly than ever that professional bodies, such as the Law Society and Bar Council, must be fully separated from their regulators.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Neuberger urges debate over ethical implications of artificial intelligence – Legal Futures

‘The president of the Supreme Court last week called for a debate on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI) and for “greater prominence” for ethics in legal training.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Are our future barristers getting the training they need? – The Future of the Law

Posted June 17th, 2016 in barristers, legal education, news by tracey

‘As large numbers of students continue to pursue a career at the bar, Diana Bentley speaks to those at the forefront of the education of barristers about whether the current approach is appropriate – both for the students and the wider profession.’

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The Future of the law, 13th June 2016

Source: http://blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk/futureoflaw

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Barristers unhappy with BSB warning on commercial pressures – Legal Futures

‘Barristers have complained that the decision of their regulator to make public the risk of commercial pressures damaging the Bar could on its own have a negative impact on the profession’s reputation.’

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Legal Futures, 18th May 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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