Learn-as-you-go - a law firm trainee on the SRA's work-based learning pilot
The final six months of qualifying as a solicitor on the new work-based learning experiment by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) was one of the most challenging aspects of my legal education. It marked the last stage of a two-year period of externally assessed study and work and was a pivotal moment in my career. I was among 40 individuals who agreed to take part in an experiment by the SRA to improve the vocational training stage of solicitor's qualification. Over two years, I amassed a portfolio of work to demonstrate work-based learning that covered a total of 32 topic areas, from professional ethics to time and file management.
After failing to win a training contract, Shazia Aslam opted to sign up for the SRA’s work-based learning pilot. Post-programme, she describes how it went
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