Video: Students grill legal education experts about plan to scrap the LPC
Wannabe lawyers have their say about the super-exam
Thirty students gathered at the London office of global law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) last week to express their views about scrapping the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in favour of a new solicitor super-exam.
Answering their questions on the Legal Cheek Careers panel of experts were KWM head of talent David Ball; Sarah Hutchinson, chair of the Academic and Professional Development Committee of the International Bar Association and managing director of Barbri; Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) head of education and training Julie Brannan; and BPP head of LPC programmes Jo-Anne Pugh. Legal Cheek publisher Alex Aldridge chaired the discussion.
Will the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) route survive a new regime where the vocational training route is potentially bundled into law degrees to save students money? How will the proposed changes — which could see aspiring solicitors examined once after uni and again while working — affect training contracts? And should current students hurry through the existing legal education system, or delay until the proposed new system comes in two years from now?
All this, and much more, is discussed in the full video of the session above.
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