Saturday, May 13, 2017

In 2020, British Solicitors Won’t Need a Law Degree

Instead, applicants can get credentialed by passing an exam. Forbes columnist Mark Cohen explains and offers his opinion:

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulatory body that oversees the legal profession in England and Wales, has enacted a major overhaul of legal training and solicitor licensure to take effect in 2020.

Gone is the requirement solicitors must acquire a law degree for practice. In its place is a competency-based examination offering different paths to becoming a solicitor. The exam will not spell the end of traditional legal education in the UK—no doubt many aspiring solicitors will opt for some form of traditional legal study.

But the exam’s emphasis on competency based learning and its experiential requirements will undoubtedly serve to update outdated legal curricula, reduce law student debt, and better serve the public by ensuring new entrants to the profession have core competency and a modicum of practical experience.

You can read more here. Is this innovation on the horizon for U.S. applicants? I doubt it.


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