The Law Society is working to improve the current training system for legal students, with a particular focus on ethics and the Legal Education and Training Review
A competence statement for solicitors is being developed as part of the SRA’s Training for Tomorrow programme. This will be the key document for determining both entry to the profession and ongoing competence throughout a solicitor’s career. The Statement will be linked to a solicitor’s duty under Principle 5 of the handbook to, 'provide a proper standard of service to your clients'.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards (IPS) have commissioned a review of education and training in the regulated legal sector, which is being carried out by an independent research team. More information can be found on the Legal Education and Training Review website.
In making an appeal for a greater focus on ethics in the academic stage of legal education, the Law Society is acting on a recommendation in the report by Professor Kim Economides and Justine Rogers published by the Society in March 2009, entitled Preparatory Ethics Training for Future Solicitors.
The report advises the Law Society to 'take a lead and encourage the SRA to initiate a review to ... make awareness of and commitment to legal values, and the moral context of the law, mandatory in undergraduate law degrees ...'.
Preparatory ethics training for future solicitors: research into the teaching of ethics as part of the preparation for a career in the law.
The Law Society commissioned research to investigate the viability of introducing an aptitude test for entry on the Legal Practice Course and has now published the report by Helen Baron.
We welcome the views of the profession, students and other stakeholders on the suitability of the current system, as well as any ideas for reform. Those wishing to provide comments and suggestion should contact us at:
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