08 October 2013

The BSB responds to the Legal Education & Training Review

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a framework for the development of its future approach to legal education and training, following the publication of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) in June 2013.

The education strategy sets out six key programmes of work for development:

  • Establishing a competency framework for barristers;
  • Aligning the Bar Training Regulations to modern regulatory standards; 
  • Establishing an outcomes-focussed approach to Continuing Professional Development; 
  • Sharing data to support the BSB's regulatory objectives in education and training; 
  • Improving access routes to the profession; and
  • Collaborative development of Academic Stage regulation. 

The LETR was commissioned the BSB, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and ILEX Professional Standards - the most significant cross-sector review of legal services education and training (LSET) in recent times.

The report concluded that the existing LSET system met current needs for ensuring competent practice, but equally identified some significant challenges for organisations involved in the education and training of legal professionals.

Head of Education and Training at the Bar Standards Board, Simon Thornton-Wood, said: "It is still early days since the publication of the LETR but this framework will help us to chart a course through a time of significant change in the legal services market. We will be developing these programmes in the coming months and will continue to publish more information on our priorities and progress during this period."

Work plans to support each of the programmes will be set out early in 2014.

For more information, please get in touch via bsbcontactus@barstandardsboard.org.uk.

More information on the education strategy framework can be accessed here.


Notes to editor

Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 0207 611 1452.