The Bar Standards Board (BSB) will reshape legal education and training over the coming three years, and wants the bar to contribute to its plans.
The BSB has released a set of objectives for the Future Bar Training programme, including making rules governing training and education less onerous, and reviewing vocational training for the bar and pupillage in an effort to improve access to becoming a barrister.
It will also reassess its governing of the academic stage of qualification, the Bar Professional Training Course, and ensure that the benchmark which all barristers should reach by their first day of practice is clearly defined.
The regulator will also look to be more flexible towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
The reassessment stems from the 2013 publication of the Legal Education and Training Review, the outcomes of which regulators for both the bar and the solicitors’ profession are now evaluating (25 June 2013).
By reassessing these objectives, the BSB aims to focus its regulation for training on what is actually required from barristers in practice and making sure that its regulation does not obstruct a diverse bar.
A number of consultations and workshops on the different objectives will be undertaken during the next three years, and the BSB is seeking the input of the bar for all of them.
Director of education and training Simon Thornton-Wood said: “Future Bar Training is a real opportunity for the bar, the public, and the regulator to work together to shape a new era of legal education and training.
“We are committed to ensuring the bar remains in a strong position to deliver to its fullest potential in a constantly evolving legal services landscape. We will only meet these needs by working closely with the bar, consumers and all the users of its services.”
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