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Regulator brings in alternative to training contracts in bid to open up profession

The Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) has introduced ‘a period of recognised training' as an alternative to the traditional training contract route to legal qualification.

31 Jul 2014 | 13:09 | secure


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Most law students believe the legal profession will be resistant to change during their careers, according to research that suggests the next generation of lawyers may be significantly more conservative than many commentators are predicting.

06 Jun 2014 | 00:38

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The intake of newly qualified lawyers (NQs) at the largest US and international firms in the UK fell by 6% in the last year, highlighting the continued uncertainty for lawyers at the junior end of the profession. Just a handful of firms in the grou...

29 Nov 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Davis Polk launches City trainee scheme with £100k NQ rate

Davis Polk has introduced a London trainee scheme for newly qualified lawyers in a bid to build its English-law capability. The US firm will use its English law partners and senior associates to provide the training, with trainee lawyers set to rece...

13 Nov 2013 | 12:31 | secure

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Eversheds takes advisory role as BPP gains full university status

BPP has been granted full university status by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and will become BPP University as of 6 August this year. The move - which comes after the College of Law was granted university status last year...

08 Aug 2013 | 09:31 | secure

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Charity forged by College of Law sale hands out first law grants

The Legal Education Foundation (LEF) - the charitable arm spun out of last year's sale of the College of Law - has formally launched with a series of six grants to initiatives supporting pro bono, social mobility and access to justice. LEF - which ...

11 Jul 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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University of Law to launch in Leeds with York base relocation

The University of Law is to relocate its York branch to Leeds in September 2014, in order to be based in "the UK's newest legal hub". The University hopes to increase enrolment to around 600 students in Leeds in the next three years, according to p...

08 Jul 2013 | 17:43 | secure

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Long-awaited legal education review addresses key issues for reform

The long-awaited report into standards of legal education and training in England and Wales has been published today (25 June). The Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) was commissioned in June 2011 to consider reform of the current system am...

25 Jun 2013 | 13:00 | secure

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Oxford Uni to join forces with social mobility venture PRIME

The University of Oxford is set to become the first higher education provider to join forces with PRIME, as the law-firm backed venture aimed at boosting access to the legal profession prepares to increase the number of in-house legal teams signed up....

14 Jun 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Training contracts fall 10% to lowest level since 1999, Law Society reports

The number of training contracts offered at law firms in England and Wales fell 10% in 2011-12 to the lowest level since 1999, according to new research by the Law Society. The society's annual report shows that the number of training contracts reg...

21 May 2013 | 16:59 | secure

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Hong Kong aims to simplify local qualification system amid fierce competition for places

The Law Society of Hong Kong is considering an overhaul of the exam system for graduates and foreign lawyers seeking to become locally qualified, with a consultation on the subject set to be issued this month. The plans for reform, which were firs...

10 May 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Linklaters hikes trainee maintenance grants by up to 40%

Linklaters is raising the maintenance grants it pays its future trainees by up to 40% from this year, as part of a push to attract a more diverse range of students. Prospective trainees sponsored by the magic circle firm currently receive a grant o...

13 Mar 2013 | 18:35 | secure

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BSB confirms introduction of mandatory £150 Bar aptitude test

All aspiring barristers will have to pass a £150 aptitude test from April this year, with the Bar Standards Board (BSB) yesterday (20 February) confirming its formal introduction following a lengthy consultation. The Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) w...

21 Feb 2013 | 11:49 | secure

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Shake-up of legal education faces new delay as review report is pushed back

The Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), the long-awaited investigation into standards of legal education in the UK, has been further delayed, with the research team's report now not expected to be released before this May. The review, bille...

19 Feb 2013 | 11:50 | secure

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Freshfields forges diversity scholarship with Stephen Lawrence charity

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is partnering with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (SLCT) to launch a scholarship aimed at improving access to the legal profession for young male students from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

11 Feb 2013 | 11:29 | secure