College of Law backs proposals to open up tuition fees market – Legal Week

Posted October 13th, 2010 in fees, legal education, news by sally

“The College of Law has thrown its support behind Lord Browne’s review of student funding, which could see the removal of the cap on UK university fees.”

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Legal Week, 12th October 2010

Source:www.legalweek.com

Bar Council Kicks Off Week of Events to Promote Entry to the Bar – Bar Council

Posted August 9th, 2010 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, is launching a week-long programme of events aimed at promoting and enhancing better access to the profession. This will include a day-long conference in Birmingham, for sixth-formers interested in a career at the Bar and the fourth annual Bar Placement Scheme, in conjunction with the Social Mobility Foundation.”

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Bar Council, 8th August 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Fury as ‘superb’ training scheme for legal aid lawyers faces axe – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2010 in legal aid, legal education, legal profession, news by sally

“Government plans to scrap a scheme for supporting the training of future legal aid lawyers has provoked a furious response, as critics say the move will hit the prospects of the poorest in society joining the profession.”

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The Guardian, 11th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BSB seeks to extend IELTS requirements for students – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 24th, 2010 in barristers, legal education, press releases by sally

“The BSB is in the process of requesting permission from the Legal Services Board to amend the Bar Training Regulations to require all students on the BPTC to take IELTS (or equivalent) and score a minimum of 7.5 in each section.”

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Council shares experience on easing financial barriers to the professions – The Bar Council

Posted June 18th, 2010 in barristers, legal education, legal profession, press releases by sally

“David Pittaway QC, Chair of the Bar Council’s Training for the Bar Committee and the Neuberger Monitoring and Implementation Group, addressed the Gateways to the Professions Collaborative Forum, chaired by RIBA President Ruth Reed, on the subject of the Bar Loans Scheme, yesterday.”

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The Bar Council, 17th June 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

BSB chair: ‘merge solicitors’ and barristers’ training courses’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 17th, 2010 in barristers, legal education, legal profession, news, solicitors by sally

“The chair of the bar’s regulator has called for a radical overhaul of legal professional education by merging the solicitors’ and barristers’ courses, to give young people longer to decide which branch of the profession they want to join.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Making the law accessible for all – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2010 in legal education, news by sally

“One of the most thankless jobs in the legal world must be championing public legal education (PLE). The embodiment of motherhood and apple pie, nobody can argue with the notion that people should have the know-how to manage the law in their everyday lives, but it is one of the most marginal of issues.”

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The Guardian, 25th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Standards Board endorses Wood review of pupillage – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 20th, 2010 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage, reports by sally

“The Bar Standards Board has published the report of a major review of pupillage training for the Bar.”

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Bar Standards Board, 19th May 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Educating future mediators – Speech by Lord Neuberger, Master of the Rolls

Posted May 12th, 2010 in arbitration, legal education, speeches by sally

“Educating future mediators – speech by Lord Neuberger at the Fourth Civil Mediation Council National Conference on 11th May 2010.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 11th May 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Space law course to tackle final frontier – The Guardian

Posted March 15th, 2010 in health & safety, legal education, news, satellites by sally

“For the first time in a UK syllabus, a module on law and the legal system beyond Earth’s atmosphere will be included as an option for students starting at Sunderland University in September.”

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The Guardian, 14th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Standards Board raps BPP Law School for taking on too many students – The Lawyer

Posted March 8th, 2010 in barristers, legal education, news, universities by sally

“BPP Law School has been put under scrutiny after the Bar Standards Board (BSB) published a report on its ’triggered visit’ to the ­institution, which was prompted by the fact BPP’s BVC was oversubscribed.”

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The Lawyer, 8th March 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Cost and class raise barriers to legal aid lawyer careers – The Guardian

Posted March 1st, 2010 in equality, legal aid, legal education, legal profession, news by sally

“The lack of social mobility in the legal sector has reached critical levels, according to a report published today, with aspiring lawyers from less privileged backgrounds struggling to work in key areas of law.”

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The Guardian, 1st March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Vocational Course monitoring visits – academic year 2009-10 – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 24th, 2010 in barristers, legal education, press releases, universities by sally

“It was agreed by the BSB’s Education & Training Committee (10 February 2009) that reports of BSB monitoring visits to Bar Vocational Course providers should be published on the BSB website from the Academic Year 2009-10.”

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd February 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

The BPP Bar Vocational Course Saga continues … – Charon QC

Posted October 12th, 2009 in legal education, news by sally

“Legal Week reports: It has also been confirmed that BPP Law School, which last month asked for volunteers among its BVC students to defer for a year, exceeded its allocated numbers of 456 by 80. This figure includes both the full-time and part-time BVC courses run by BPP in London and Leeds. It has since been reduced to 63 as a result of deferrals and withdrawals.”

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Charon QC, 12th October 2009

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

MoJ launches schools legal education project – The Lawyer

Posted July 20th, 2009 in legal education, news, school children by sally

“School pupils are to be taught how the justice ­system works as part of a national curriculum change unveiled by justice minister Bridget Prentice and ­Attorney General Baroness Scotland QC.”

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The Lawyer, 20th July 2009

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Charon Reports: Cheating or taking professional advice? – Charon QC

Posted March 26th, 2009 in legal education, podcasts by sally

“Today I talked to John Foster, spokesman for Oxbridge Training Contracts about the legality of his service, his view of the ethics and exactly what Oxbridge Training Contracts is actually offering to students who wish to use their services. We also talk about the provision of model answers, tailored to specific questions put by the student client, and the problems that could arise if a student submits these model answers as their own work for coursework assessment.”

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Charon QC, 24th March 2009

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Deaf student launches discrimination action against law school – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 6th, 2009 in disability discrimination, legal education, news by sally

“A deaf would-be law student has begun proceedings against a London law school, alleging disability discrimination on the grounds of ‘unfavourable treatment’ and failure to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.”

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Law Society’s Gazette. 5th March 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Law schools to increase fees despite downturn – Legal Week

Posted February 26th, 2009 in fees, legal education, news by sally

“Three of London’s law schools have considerably increased their Legal Practice Course (LPC), despite the widespread cost-cutting measures currently being implemented across the profession.”

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Legal Week, 26th February 2009

Source: www.legalweek.com

I put it to you that this university law course is not fit for practice – The Times

Posted January 16th, 2009 in legal education, news, universities by sally

“Law students — perhaps unsurprisingly, given the subject they are studying — are among those most likely to complain about their course at university.”

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The Times, 15th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The Bar’s recent initiatives to promote social mobility in the profession will assist former Minister Alan Milburn’s review being launched this week alongside a Government White Paper – The Bar Council

Posted January 13th, 2009 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“An in-depth inquiry into the background of entrants to the Bar by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury in 2007 produced 57 recommendations amounting to a detailed road-map for the promotion of social mobility. The Bar Council is hard at work implementing those proposals with the whole-hearted cooperation of the Inns of Court, which all student barristers join.”

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The Bar Council, 12th January 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk