Legal regulators put LLB under spotlight

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have jointly launched two consultations on the future of the undergraduate law degree.

The first will examine the practice of allowing students who have failed a single foundation subject within five per cent of the pass mark to continue their course.

The second, meanwhile, will look at collaborative arrangements for qualifying law degrees or conversion courses, where the award of a UK Higher Education Institution is delivered and/or supported and assessed through an arrangement with a partner organisation.

The paper will consider overseas and distance learning arrangements and proposes the development of a new set of standards for the collaborative provision of legal education.

Commenting on the consultations, Professor Gwyneth Pitt, chair of the BSB’s and SRA’S Joint Academic Stage Board, said: “These are two important consultations and whilst they should be considered separately, both intend to improve the standards of the qualifying law degree. We welcome comments from all those with an interest in maintaining high standards within legal education”.

The consultation is expected to be competed by September 2011.