Training and education: The evolution of legal training
Since its establishment in January 2007, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has indelibly stamped its mark on the profession. Having introduced a new code of conduct in 2007 and overhauled the Legal Practice Course, the SRA in 2008 began to tackle the training contract, which has been the route for qualification as a solicitor since 1994, by trialing a new system for training lawyers. "We're aiming to make the legal profession one pure meritocracy," declares SRA education and training manager Tim Pearce.
The SRA is trialing an ambitious training programme for new solicitors, to mixed reviews from UK firms. Sophie Evans speaks to law firms involved in the pilot
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