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

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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

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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

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Oxford University law students being issued with ‘trigger warnings’ before lectures – The Independent

‘Undergraduate law students at Oxford university are being issued with “trigger warnings” before lectures containing material deemed too “distressing” – a move which has drawn criticism from academics.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2016

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BSB publishes new figures showing success rates for student barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 6th, 2016 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th May 2016

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Judges and lawyers to receive scientific ‘primers’ – Litigation Futures

Posted April 15th, 2016 in DNA, forensic science, judiciary, legal education, news by tracey

‘The judiciary is teaming up with the UK’s leading academies of science to produce guides and training that aim to helps judges, lawyers and juries when handling scientific evidence in the courtroom.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th April 2016

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Forensic Accounting: Launch of a new, online course for pupils and new practitioners – Bar Standards Board

‘In 2015, the BSB authorised BPP Professional Education to deliver an online Forensic Accounting course to pupils and new practitioners following a review of the face-to-face two day mandatory course.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th March 2016

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Bar regulator announces changes to the Bar Course Aptitude Test for 2016 and 2017 – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 11th, 2016 in barristers, examinations, legal education, press releases by tracey

‘Further to the BSB’s last announcement in December 2015, the regulator has concluded its review into the role of BCAT.’

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Bar Standards Board, 9th March 2016

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Qualifying as a barrister ‘may cost new students up to £127,000’ – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in barristers, diversity, legal education, news, universities by sally

‘Students beginning university may have to spend up to £127,000 to qualify as a barrister, the new chair of the Bar Council has warned.’

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2016

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Is becoming a lawyer still about ‘who you know’? – Legal Week

Posted February 18th, 2016 in law firms, legal education, legal profession, news by sally

‘Law student Jasmine Robinson discusses her experience of how the legal profession is taking steps to shake off its elitist reputation.’

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Legal Week, 18th February 2016

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Here come the new lawyers – CLC sets out plans for probate practitioners and technicians – Legal Futures

‘Plans to create three new breeds of lawyer – probate practitioners, conveyancing technicians and probate technicians – are being published today by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).’

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Legal Futures, 15 February 2016

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The Bar regulator publishes responses to the Future Bar Training consultation – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 1st, 2016 in barristers, consultations, legal education, press releases, standards by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) published today the summary of initial responses it received to its consultation launched in the summer of 2015 on the academic, vocational and pupillage requirements to become qualified as a barrister.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st February 2016

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Students call on the Bar Council to move Pupillage Gateway timetable – The Bar Council

Posted January 18th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, legal education, press releases, pupillage by tracey

‘Following calls from students and chambers, the Bar Council will be moving the Pupillage Gateway timetable starting in January 2017.’

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The Bar Council, 18th January 2016

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Social background determines career prospects, say almost nine out of ten law students – Legal Week

Posted December 14th, 2015 in diversity, equality, law firms, legal education, legal profession, news, statistics by sally

‘Survey of law students finds strong feelings on influence of upbringing on career prospects, as law firms take new approaches to improve diversity’

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Legal Week, 10th December 2015

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Bar regulator announces important developments in the 2016 Bar Professional Training Course – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 1st, 2015 in barristers, examinations, legal education, press releases, universities by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has three announcements to make about the BPTC today. First, today the regulator is publishing statistics about students and providers of the BPTC. Second, there will be changes to the formats of the centralised assessments. Third, the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), which is an entry requirement, will be deferred until at least March 2016, pending completion of a review.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st December 2015

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Insisting on a 2:1 degree for barristers “could discriminate against BAME students” – Legal Futures

‘Insisting on an upper second class degree for future barristers could impose a “discriminatory burden” on BAME students, who are less likely to obtain them, a leading academic has argued in response to a Bar Standards Board (BSB) consultation that raises the possibility.’

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Legal Futures, 29th October 2015

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Why can’t I return underwear? The questions all law students get asked – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2015 in legal education, news by sally

‘Regardless of how long you’ve been studying it, your friends and family will assume you’re an expert on every aspect of the law.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2015

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Employed barristers need specialist training in “persuasive advocacy” beyond the courtroom – Legal Futures

Posted September 14th, 2015 in advocacy, barristers, dispute resolution, employment, legal education, news, statistics by tracey

‘The needs of employed barristers should not be ignored and “second class citizenship” should “by now be a myth”, a former Crown prosecutor has said.’

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Legal Futures, 14th September 2014

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Exams, ethics and roleplay: government reveals more details of solicitor apprenticeship route – The Lawyer

Posted September 4th, 2015 in legal education, news, solicitors by sally

‘The government has published the new assessment plans and standards for its ‘Trailblazer’ legal apprenticeships for qualification as a legal executive, paralegal or solicitor, with oral and written tests sitting alongside workplace assessment.’

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The Lawyer, 3rd September 2015

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Law books aren’t dull – they’re crammed with jaw-dropping tales – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2015 in judges, judgments, legal education, news, trials by sally

‘Studying law doesn’t mean burying your nose in huge dusty tomes. Case law shows how theory applies directly to real life.’
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The Guardian, 21st August 2015

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