The College of Law has accused the Law Society of lacking strategic direction and operating its review of education and training in a vacuum.
The attack comes in the colleges submission to the societys extensive training framework review. It said the most serious issue was the absence of an overall strategic direction and that the review addressed the diversity issue but the society faced many more strategic challenges. Until it articulates where it stands on these issues more clearly, the review is being carried out in a strategic vacuum, it concluded.
It also calls for the establishment of interim professional status for those who pass the LPC but do not gain training contracts. It said the requirement to complete a training contract before qualification could prevent widening access.
The Trainee Solicitors Group said having a number of qualification routes could result in one being seen as better than another and a fall in standards. It called for the system to filter out less able candidates prior to the LPC to avoid disheartened and unnecessarily financially burdened candidates.