It comes as Mayer Brown became the first City law firm to unveil a six-year ‘articled apprenticeship’ programme that will see a student undertake the entire education and qualification process while working part-time.
In March, the SRA adopted a competence statement, which captures the key activities required for effective performance as a solicitor. This is at the heart of the regulator’s new approach to education and training, focusing on substantive standards, rather than process.
It has now entered the next stage of its work, reviewing the process for qualification as a solicitor and to develop a framework for assessing the competence statement prior to qualification.
The SRA has previously said that the current method of meeting standards – undertaking a law degree/common professional examination, legal practice course and period of training – needs to be reviewed because of concerns about consistency and also because of the need to enable a more flexible range of pathways to qualification to emerge.
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