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Practical changes to legal education in the UK

Published on: 12 October 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Practical changes to legal education in the UK
  • How do you expect the provision of legal education at university level, namely the LLB, to change and adapt in order to attract the best students and promote the legal profession while also meeting market demands?
  • Have there been any recent proposals to change the structure or content of this course—for example, many argue the study of contract law in the first leaves students unprepared for when they next come across it, possibly four or more years later in their LPC?
  • What are the barriers to change and how are the standards set by the SRA and the BSB?
  • Do you expect the LLB to become more practically minded like the LPC, perhaps placing more graded weight on modules focusing on core legal research skills and client protocol?
  • Could pro bono and voluntary activities like legal advice clinics and housing contract checking become mandatory features on the course?
  • How does the provision of legal education in the UK compare with other jurisdictions? Have other countries been more pro-active in modernising and adapting their degree offerings, incorporating more language and business-orientated modules as opposed to traditional legal subjects for instance?

Article summary

Practice Management analysis: Richard Moorhead, UCL Professor of Law and Professional Ethics, considers possible routes of change for legal education in the UK and the tensions between study and practice in the current system. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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