Posts Tagged: Legal education

Will The Next Generation Of Apprentice Lawyers Become Solicitors Or Legal Executives?

Over Christmas, the announcement by minister for skills Matthew Hancock that school-leavers students will soon be able to become lawyers grabbed the national headlines. At first, I assumed newspapers' enthusiasm for the story was based on the traditional festive lull. After all, only a few months earlier Hancock's colleagues in government had announced that they... Read more »

Please, No More ‘Nietzsche And The Law’! Why Americans Are Looking Enviously At The GDL Route To Legal Qualification

In comparison to our odd system of legal education – which sprawls haphazardly from the undergraduate law degree to the CILEX apprenticeship option, via the super-condensed GDL, multiple breeds of LPC and the career graveyard that is the BPTC – the US way of doing things is alluringly simple. In America, you can only study... Read more »

Amateur Porn Filmed In Top Law School Library

More crazy stuff from across the pond, this time involving an amateur porn model who has caused a storm by filming a 43 minute-long video of herself masturbating in the library of Ivy League law school Cornell.

A Neat Solution To The Legal Education And Training Puzzle

At the end of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) symposium yesterday, I got chatting with Linda Jotham, a senior lecturer at City Law School. As I groaned about the difficulties facing the LETR panel in coming up with a new system of legal education that keeps everyone happy – we’d just sat through... Read more »

Persuading The Law School Turkeys To Vote For Christmas

Yesterday I urged the assembled luminaries at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum to do something about the scandalous situation surrounding entry to the Bar (according to one estimate by the Bar Council itself, as few as one in eight students who do the BPTC get a pupillage). Rather than go on about unsuccessful pupillage-seekers' misery,... Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: BPTC Students Point Finger At Bar Standards Board Following ‘Disastrous’ And ‘Unfair’ Exams

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has had a bad week. First, Richard Moorhead publicly slammed their less-than-brilliant research on advocacy in The Guardian. Then Legal Cheek exposed the dire financial straits their boss finds herself in. The latest calamity to befall everyone’s favourite regulator of barristers? Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students are blaming the... Read more »

SOLD: College Of Law Cashes In At Younger Generation’s Expense In Private Equity Deal

Introducing Baroness Helena Kennedy last night at the College of Law's "Diversity at the Bar" debate, the school's chief executive Nigel Savage (pictured) played up their shared working class credentials. “Helena and I benefitted from state-funded education. That’s over. Now what?” he asked, two floor to ceiling adverts for the College's BPTC (cost: £16,485) positioned... Read more »

If You Put Trainee Solicitors On Housing Benefits, You Cut The Price Of Law School, Right?

Following the announcement by the Law Society that trainee solicitors on housing benefit is "not the type of image that benefits the profession", Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge and Bircham Dyson Bell lawyer Kevin Poulter discuss the wisdom of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) proposal to abandon the minimum trainee salary and pay rookie solicitors... Read more »

Inside College of Law Moorgate, Britain’s Elite Law School

College of Law Moorgate students Cat Pond (pictured left) and Laurence Mills (pictured right) make the short journey east to Legal Cheek HQ in Hackney, where they find Bircham Dyson Bell lawyer Kevin Poulter and journalist Alex Aldridge in a panic about not being able to get the podcast mic working. Displaying the sort of... Read more »

An LLM Can ‘Count Against’ Training Contract Hunters

LLMs are intellectually tough, time-consuming and not all law firms like them, warns LegalAware Students often look on an LLM as something they can do to pass a year while they look for a training contract or pupillage, boosting their CVs in the process. But the reality is that a masters degree in law is... Read more »

Should Law Schools Refund Students if They Can’t Get a Job?

In a move that may interest jobless British law graduates and the bigwigs on the panel of the ongoing legal education and training review (LETR), two Yale Law School professors are championing a controversial plan to refund law school tuition fees if students fail to secure a job. Professors Akhil Amar and Ian Ayres want... Read more »

Does Studying Law Destroy Your Soul?

Until recently LPC student Cat Pond was an empathetic, liberal type, but the law has changed her... At the start of my GDL contract law course, the tutor told us to try and visualise the room and all the objects within it as connected by a web of contracts. The coffee cups sat in front... Read more »

LPC Student In ‘I HATE COLLEGE OF LAW’ Facebook Rant

The College of Law’s Facebook page is usually a happy place, where wannabe lawyers post polite queries which are promptly answered by members of the law school’s digital team. But on Wednesday there was trouble in paradise. “I HATE COLLEGE OF LAW,” wrote LPC student Jafar Jawid in angry block capitals on the page. To... Read more »

#RoundMyKitchenTable Exam Special: How Do You Revise And Apply For Jobs?

Taking a rare break from revising for his Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) exams, barrister-to-be Jack Smith travels east to join Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge and employment law whiz Kevin Poulter around a Hackney kitchen table (pictured). “How do you get the balance right between studying and devoting sufficient time to pupillage applications?” Aldridge... Read more »