Curbs on foreign lawyers could hurt City firms in war for talent – The Times

Posted February 4th, 2008 in legal education, minorities, solicitors, special report by sally

“Hundreds of foreign lawyers who come to England every year to practise as solicitors face tough new curbs that law firms say will undermine London’s position in the global legal market.”

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The Times, 4th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

New scheme opens up the profession to all – perhaps – The Times

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in legal education, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

“From September the Solicitors Regulation Authority is trying out a pick’n’mix approach to getting would-be lawyers started.”

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The Times, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

HSBC to offer first-ever Bar student loan package – Legal Week

Posted December 17th, 2007 in banking, barristers, legal education, news by sally

“HSBC has become the first bank to strike a deal with the Bar Council and offer special loans to Bar Vocational Course (BVC) students, it was announced earlier this week (11 December)”

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Legal Week, 13th December 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com

Neuberger pushes for law to be placed on national curriculum to open up bar – The Lawyer

Posted December 4th, 2007 in legal education, news, pupillage by sally

“Lord Neuberger wants to see law taught as part of the national curriculum and external funding to be made available for pupillages as part of wide-reaching proposals to reform entry to the bar.”

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The Lawyer, 3rd December 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

BSB set to consider Neuberger recommendations – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 28th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, press releases by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today responded positively to the final report of the Working Party on Entry to the Bar, chaired by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury.”

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Bar Standards Board, 27th November 2007

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Entry to the Bar Working Party Final Report (Neuberger Report) – Bar Council

Posted November 27th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, reports by sally

Report and Appendices

Bar Council, 27th November 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.co.uk

BVC ‘to become a Masters’ – Neuberger report – Legal Week

Posted November 27th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“Students will be able to turn their Bar Vocational Course (BVC) into a Masters degree under new proposals to widen access to the Bar, in one of 57 proposals unveiled in Lord Neuberger’s report today (27 November).”

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Legal Week, 27th November 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com

Speech at the Legal Services Consultative Panel standing conference on legal education – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 22nd, 2007 in legal education, legal services, speeches by sally

“Bridget Prentice spoke at the Legal Services Consultative Panel standing conference on legal education about implications of the Legal Services Act for legal education and training.”

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Ministry of Justice, 21st November 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Legal Opinion: Is the training of barristers fit for purpose? – The Independent

Posted November 7th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, special report by sally

“Learning the law is only part of what it takes to qualify as a barrister. Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, considers a forthcoming review of the system for training the modern advocate.”

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The Independent, 7th November 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk  

BSB review of Bar Vocational Course – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 5th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“The BSB has launched a root and branch review of the Bar Vocational Course (BVC).”

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd November 2007

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BPP Law School: Forget students, this college has ‘clients’ – The Independent

Posted October 11th, 2007 in legal education, news by sally

“On the day last month that BPP was granted degree-awarding powers, its share price jumped 13 per cent. These two events summed up the fact that Britain’s newest higher education institution is not your average university.”

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The Independent, 11th October 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

BPP defends itself as degree move sparks heated debate on law blog – Legal Week

Posted October 4th, 2007 in legal education, news by sally

“BPP Law School has hit back at claims that it turned down the chance to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and defended itself against criticism that giving degree-awarding powers to private companies could hit academic standards.”

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Legal Week, 4th October 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com

Related link: Peter Crisp, Dean of BPP Law School on BPP’s new power to award degrees (Podcast)

BPP handed degree-giving breakthrough

Posted September 24th, 2007 in legal education, news by sally

“BPP Law School has been granted degree-awarding status in a move that makes the group the UK’s first private-sector company able to award the qualification.”

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Legal Week, 24th September 2007

Source: www.legalweek.com

Course providers unlikely to be testing new-look LPC until 2009 – Legal Week

Posted July 26th, 2007 in legal education, news by sally

“Proposals to allow Legal Practice Course (LPC) providers to run a new-style LPC from as early as September 2008 look set to be delayed.”

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Legal Week, 26th July 2007

Source: www.legalweek.co.uk

Law student numbers up in new UCAS stats – Legal Week

Posted July 24th, 2007 in legal education, news by sally

“The number of new undergraduates opting to study law has risen for the first time in three years, according to the latest research by applications body UCAS.”

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Legal Week, 23rd July 2007

Source: www.legalweek.co.uk

Lord Hunt hails start of public legal education dialogue – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 11th, 2007 in legal education, press releases by michael

“Public legal education is vital in providing access to justice by making people aware of their rights and responsibilities, legal aid minister Lord Hunt said today.”

Press release

Ministry of Justice, 11th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Council and SMF team-up to offer placement scheme – Bar Council

Posted July 3rd, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“The Bar Council is joining forces with the Social Mobility Foundation to offer a placement scheme for 27 students from disadvantaged backgrounds later this month.” 

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Bar Council press release, 2nd July 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

College of Law strikes key deal with 30 firms – The Lawyer

Posted June 26th, 2007 in law firms, legal education, news by sally

“The College of Law’s plan to dominate legal education has moved up a gear after it struck a major deal with 30 law firms to provide a pioneering training programme for its junior corporate lawyers.”

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The Lawyer, 25th June 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Bar Standards Board rejects deferral of call to the Bar and proposes new online register of barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 8th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, press releases by sally

“There had been concerns that, by allowing those who had completed the Bar Vocational Course to be called to the Bar and to describe themselves as ‘barristers’, the public might be misled as to who is a fully qualified practitioner. But in a report on its provisional conclusions on deferral of call, published today after a year-long consultation and research exercise, the Board says “deferring call to the Bar until after pupillage would not be an appropriate response to the risk which it is intended to address”.”

Press release

Bar Standards Board press release, 8th June 2007

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Limiting the number of BVC students will “not improve quality” – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 8th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“Limiting student numbers on the bar vocational course (BVC) and requiring students to have a 2:1 will not improve quality or diversity among barristers, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th June 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk