Big disparity in Bar course pass rates across providers – Legal Futures

Posted December 12th, 2022 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘There is a significant attainment gap between providers of the Bar training course, ranging from a pass rate of 94% at the highest to 49% at the lowest.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Family lawyers and judges “need menopause training” – Legal Futures

‘A large majority of women (76%) who have experienced divorce or separation and the menopause believe family lawyers and judges should have training on the issue so they can “factor it into their cases”.’

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Legal Futures, 21st October 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Family lawyers and judges “need menopause training” – Legal Futures

‘A large majority of women (76%) who have experienced divorce or separation and the menopause believe family lawyers and judges should have training on the issue so they can “factor it into their cases”.’

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Legal Futures, 21st October 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB to urge regulatory action in bid to strengthen professional ethics – Legal Futures

‘A greater focus on professional ethics among law students and qualified lawyers, with stronger supervision by regulators, is needed to uphold the rule of law, the Legal Services Board has said.’

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Legal Futures, 21st October 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Alexander Latham-Gambi: How Should We Teach the Johnson Government? (Possible) Pedagogical Shortcomings in the Face of (Arguable) Constitutional Vandalism – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 16th, 2022 in constitutional law, government departments, legal education, news, universities by tracey

‘It may reasonably be argued that the Johnson Government launched a determined assault upon the UK constitutional settlement. We are failing in our duty as teachers of constitutional law if we do not equip our students with the tools to appraise this argument. Some of the features of the way in which public law is typically taught in UK universities stand in the way of so equipping our students. Or so I shall argue.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th September 2022

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

“Little evidence” of discrimination or harassment on Bar courses – Legal Futures

Posted August 25th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal education, news by sally

‘There is little evidence of bullying, discrimination and harassment on Bar training courses, students have reported as part of Bar Standards Board (BSB) research into equality and diversity (E&D) at the vocational stage of training.’

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Legal Futures, 25th August 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Research highlights ethnic minority attainment gap on Bar course – Legal Futures

Posted July 20th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, examinations, legal education, news, statistics by sally

‘The attainment gap between ethnic minority and White students in the centrally assessed modules of the Bar professional training course (BPTC) was “broadly similar” to other modules but with a higher impact on pass rates, research by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB to abolish the Bar Course Aptitude Test from 31 July – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 12th, 2022 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news by tracey

‘Following the Legal Services Board’s approval of the Bar Standards Board’s application to change its rules, the BSB will abolish the requirement that students should pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) before starting vocational training with effect from 31 July.’

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Bar Standards Board, 11th July 2022

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BSB scraps student aptitude test despite Bar Council opposition – Legal Futures

Posted April 4th, 2022 in barristers, legal education, news, statistics by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to ditch the Bar course aptitude test (BCAT) as it is no longer acting as a “filter” of those likely to fail the vocational component of their training.’

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Legal Futures, 1st April 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Consumer panel and Bar Council at odds over future of aptitude test – Legal Futures

Posted November 17th, 2021 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news, statistics by sally

‘The evidence for abolishing the Bar course aptitude test (BCAT) is “compelling” as it has failed to achieve its purpose, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar students need more pupillage data to avoid “buyer’s remorse” – Legal Futures

Posted October 15th, 2021 in barristers, computer programs, legal education, news, pupillage by tracey

‘Bar students should be given detailed information from chambers about their pupillage criteria to avoid suffering from “buyer’s remorse” when they realise how difficult it is to succeed, a barrister and former Bar course teacher has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 15th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

To cap or not to cap, that is the question – Counsel

Posted October 5th, 2021 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘There is a debate that perennially surfaces on social media and leads to animated discussion – “far too many students start the Bar course with little or no prospects of success; spending money they can ill afford; and that any given scholarship money could be used differently”. The debate can be stifled, or misdirected, by inaccurate statistics or recollections of a Bar course from a halcyon age. Fortunately, and in the best Twitter form, this debate also provides a whole host of suggested solutions.’

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Counsel, October 2021

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Bar to review aptitude test with just 0.7% fail rate – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 3rd, 2021 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, statistics by tracey

‘The bar is considering whether to scrap a student aptitude test that weeds out fewer than 1% of candidates, after concluding that it is “not operating as an effective filter”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd September 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Offering more law degrees “could save struggling universities” – Legal Futures

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in brexit, budgets, coronavirus, education, legal education, news, universities by sally

‘Universities should prioritise law degrees for investment because they produce “better employability outcomes”, are “comparatively cheap to deliver” and “well-suited to remote or blended learning”, a report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court criticises Bar Standards Board for “unjust” decisions – Legal Futures

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in barristers, legal education, news, universities by sally

‘The High Court has ruled that the Bar Standards Board (BSB) made “unjust and unsustainable” decisions in refusing a Bar student’s application for an exemption from the vocational element of his training.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New report shows impact of the pandemic on those training for the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 16th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, legal education, news, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board has today published the seventh and final annual edition of its statistical information relating to student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). As the report has shown in previous years, training for the Bar remains highly competitive.’

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Bar Standards Board, 15th July 2021

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Susskind: “Trainees will learn like astronauts – with virtual reality” – Legal Futures

Posted June 14th, 2021 in computer programs, legal education, legal profession, news by tracey

‘Trainee lawyers in future may do their legal training by using immersive virtual reality software simulating the practice environment, much like astronauts being made ready for space, Professor Richard Susskind has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 14th June 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

UK supreme court to take on paid interns from underrepresented groups – The Guardian

‘The supreme court has announced its first paid internships for aspiring lawyers from underrepresented communities as it seeks to increase diversity in the judiciary. The initiative by the UK’s highest court, in collaboration with the charity Bridging the Bar, comes as the supreme court, judiciary and legal profession more widely face scrutiny over accessibility.’

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The Guardian, 27th May 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Option for online exams to become permanent, SRA decides – Legal Futures

‘Emergency measures allowing legal practice course (LPC) students to take their exams at home during the pandemic are to become permanent where there is a “clear rationale” to do so, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has decided.’

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Legal Futures, 25th May 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Review of Bar exam chaos points finger at BSB and Pearson VUE – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and electronic testing company Pearson VUE have both come under fire from the independent review of last year’s Bar professional training course (BPTC) exams.’

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Legal Futures, 7th May 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk