25 June 2013

Final report of Legal Education and Training Review published

The first comprehensive review of legal education and training across the entire professional spectrum for 40 years is published today and the report has been welcomed by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

'The Legal Education and Training Review' was commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the BSB, and ILEX Professional Standards.

The review was established at a time of unprecedented change for the legal profession - caused by economic and technological change, market liberalisation and dramatic funding reforms - to survey the current state and future requirements of legal services education and training (LSET).

Against this backdrop of change, the report's authors, led by Professor Julian Webb of the University of Warwick, note that the current LSET system provides "a good standard of education and training, enabling the development of the core knowledge and skills needed for practice across the range of regulated professions."

Director of the Bar Standards Board Dr Vanessa Davies said: "The report identifies plenty of challenges for the future. I am pleased, nevertheless, that it recognises that the current system provides a good standard of education and training upon which to build. I also welcome its recognition of the need for professional ethics to be at the core of legal education. The next step is for the Bar Standards Board to consider the recommendations more fully. This extensive report provides us with some invaluable insights on which to base our decision-making as to how we carry out our regulatory duties in the public interest in the future."

The research was carried out by UKCLE Research Consortium between June 2011 and May 2013.


Notes to editors 

The report is available at: http://www.letr.org.uk/.

Research methods included: a literature and policy review; qualitative research involving interviews and focus groups with 307 academics, students, practitioners and others; a quantitative survey of 1,128 legal professionals and academics; as well as online surveys of will-writers and careers advisers. The research team was also provided with access to data collected by the Legal Services Board on the consumer experience of legal services.

The Bar Standards Board regulates barristers called to the Bar in England and Wales in the public interest. It is responsible for:
• Setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister
• Setting continuing training requirements to ensure that barristers' skills are maintained throughout their careers
• Setting standards of conduct for barristers
• Monitoring the service provided by barristers to assure quality, and handling complaints against barristers and taking disciplinary or other action where appropriate

Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 02076111392.