Training and education: Point of entry
The effects of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA's) latest overhaul of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) will begin to be felt by students and legal service providers during the next two years.Although some LPC providers will implement the new LPC in 2009, most will adopt them in 2010 - the SRA's intended implementation date. The changes that are to be made to the LPC are designed to widen entry into the legal profession by enabling providers to potentially offer students a more flexible way of studying. However, this myriad of new possibilities may have left students and legal service providers feeling confused. Comments on web pages show that students are debating which route they should take; what the cost of the new LPC will be; how long it will take to complete the new LPC; and what will happen when LPC places outnumber training contracts.
The SRA has been ringing the changes to the LPC, and students and legal service providers are beginning to feel the effects of the overhaul. Gillian Woodworth of the City Law School details the organisation’s plans
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