Future lawyers get ‘life coaches’ to remove barriers to law – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in legal education, legal profession, news by sally

“Budding lawyers seeking advice and support in their efforts to join the legal profession will be helped by a government initiative launched today by Justice Minister Lord Bach.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Training just got harder for would-be barristers (but easier for solicitors) – The Times

Posted October 16th, 2008 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“If it’s already tough getting into the Bar, it’s about to become a great deal tougher. All aspiring barristers will soon have to take a special aptitude test before they can sit the one-year vocational training course, a move that could weed out hundreds of applicants a year.”

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The Times, 15th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

CPD Channel

Posted September 5th, 2008 in legal education, news by sally

For solicitors and barristers with busy professional lives, finding time to fit in the annual CPD requirement can be difficult. A leading provider of CPD courses, CPD Channel, provides televised courses online at affordable prices.

Courses cover employment, personal injury, litigation, mediation, corporate, commercial, property, family and IT and are presented by experienced members of the bar: Andrew Goodman, Angus Pier, Nicholas Stewart QC, Helen Conway, Stephen Mason and William Evans to name but a few.

The convenience of being able to watch a detailed televised talk online and complete the reading all online, at a time of your choosing, is surprisingly relaxing to do. Prices start from £105 for
3 CPD hours and go down to less than £20 an hour CPD if your firm or chambers take out a Small Firm Training Plan for £420 – Perfect for
2 to 10 users. Register as many users as required. 20 CPD points included in this price. Top up again when the 20 points have been exhausted.

Visit CPD Channel | See a Preview and see if the online medium suits you at www.cpdchannel.com

New Criminal Bar Chairman calls for fresh focus on training – The Bar Council

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“Peter Lodder QC, who starts work as Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association today (1st September), has called for improvements to the way in which potential barristers are trained.”

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The Bar Council, 1st September 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

College of Law hits out at SRA proposals – Legal Week

Posted August 29th, 2008 in legal education, news, solicitors by sally

“The College of Law has hit out at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after the regulatory body proposed scrapping compulsory higher rights qualifications for solicitor advocates in favour of a voluntary accreditation process.”

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Legal Week, 29th August 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

Podcast 76: Wood Report on BVC – City Law School response – Charon QC

Posted July 26th, 2008 in barristers, legal education, podcasts by sally

“Today I am talking to Stuart Sime, Barrister and Director of the BVC at The City Law School (Inns of Court School of Law) about his view of The Wood Report.

We discuss the content of the proposed Bar Professional Training Course and the way The City Law School approaches the training of bar students.”

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Charon QC, 23rd July 2008

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

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

Podcast 72: The Wood Report on the changes to the BVC – College of Law response – Charon QC

Posted July 23rd, 2008 in barristers, legal education, podcasts by sally

“Today I am talking to Richard de Friend, director of the Bloomsbury centre of The College of Law. Richard has had a long and distinguished career in legal education as pro Vice Chancellor of Kent University and, in recent years, with the College of Law.”

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Charon QC, 23rd July 2008

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

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

Podcast 71: Wood Report – The proposed changes to the BVC – Charon QC

Posted July 23rd, 2008 in barristers, legal education, podcasts by sally

“Today I am talking to Jon McLeod, Chairman, Public Affairs – Weber Shandwick who acted for the Bar Standards Board in the recent report of the Working Group in relation to Review of The Bar Vocational Course. Jon McLeod went into public affairs in 1994, having spent six years in financial and legal journalism. His specialisms include: Parliamentary and lobbying campaigns, coalition building, national media relations, litigation and legal communications, and strategic counsel.”

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Charon QC, 23rd July 2008

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

Related link: Wood Report on the BVC (PDF)

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

Bar Council Welcomes Report On The Bar Vocational Course – The Bar Council

Posted July 21st, 2008 in barristers, legal education, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council has today welcomed the publication of the Wood Report on the Bar Vocational Course (BVC), which was produced by a Working Group chaired by Derek Wood QC.”

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The Bar Council, 18th July 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Former member of Islamist group barred from becoming solicitor – The Guardian

“A former member of a radical Islamist group who was an Amnesty prisoner of conscience and who now works for an anti-extremist Muslim thinktank has been refused permission to train as a lawyer. The decision was attacked yesterday as ‘McCarthyite’ by a senior lawyer and human rights campaigner.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Podcast 59: LLB Degree inflation with Norman Baird, QEDLaw – Charon QC

Posted June 18th, 2008 in legal education, podcasts by sally

“Today I am talking with Norman Baird about his extensive research into LLB degree inflation in recent years. His findings are published on his QEDlaw blog and are well worth reading if you have an interest in legal education.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 18th June 2008

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

Related link: LLB Degree Inflation – QED Law

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

TfBC Final Report: The Bar Vocational Course – The Bar Council

Posted June 18th, 2008 in barristers, legal education, news, reports by sally

“The Training for the Bar Committee ( TfBC) of the Bar Council has produced a report setting out its view on how the Bar Vocational Course should be revised. This report will be fed into the BSB’s Wood Working Group which is currently looking at all aspects of the BVC on behalf of the BSB.”

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The Bar Council, 17th June 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Related link: Final Report: The Bar Vocational Course (PDF)

Major reviews of education and training – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 6th, 2008 in barristers, legal education, press releases, pupillage by sally

“Following on from the BSB’s review of the BVC, which will be reporting in the summer of 2008, a working group is being set up to review Pupillage and another group will be created to review CPD.”

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Bar Standards Board, 4th June 2008

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

How to make the LPC and BVC fees war work for you – The Times

Posted May 7th, 2008 in fees, legal education, special report by sally

“Rebecca Attwood looks at why there is such disparity in what colleges charge.”

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The Times, 6th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

College of Law set for 2009 Manchester launch – Legal Week

Posted April 21st, 2008 in legal education, news by sally

“The College of Law has announced plans to open up a new centre in Manchester.”

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Legal Week, 21st April 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

University offers combined ‘British law’ degree – The Lawyer

Posted April 11th, 2008 in legal education, news, universities by sally

“The University of Dundee is introducing a bachelors law degree enabling dual-qualification in Scots and English & Welsh law. From September 2008 students will be able to study all of the subjects required by each of the respective local Law Societies.”

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The Lawyer, 10th April 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Law schools hike LPC fees – The Lawyer

Posted March 3rd, 2008 in legal education, news by sally

“BPP law school is to hike its Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees by a whopping 10 per cent despite already being the most expensive postgraduate law school in London.”

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The Lawyer, 3rd March 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

“It’s Your Call” – Bar Council Launches Guide for Aspiring Barristers – The Bar Council

Posted February 26th, 2008 in barristers, legal education, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council has published a new booklet explaining how to become a part of the profession. ‘It’s your call’, produced in the wake of Lord Neuberger’s Entry to the Bar Working Party Report into access to the profession, will be an invaluable tool for school, university and Bar students looking to find out more about the Bar.”

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The Bar Council, 25th February 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Podcast 43: Nigel Savage on why The College of Law is taking issue with the SRA – Charon QC

Posted February 7th, 2008 in legal education, podcasts, solicitors by sally

“Today I am talking to Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law to ask him why The College is instructing Matrix Chambers’ Rabinder Singh QC in response to changes made by the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) to the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) – changes the College claims could breach anti-discrimination legislation.”

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Charon QC, 6th Febrauary 2008

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of Consilio.tv

College of Law threatens SRA with anti-diversity suit – The Lawyer

Posted February 4th, 2008 in competition, legal education, minorities, news by sally

“The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) has been attacked for taking action that will undermine the diversity of the British legal profession.”

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The Lawyer, 4th February 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com