Regulators launch education review website

The regulators leading the controversial 2020 Legal Education Review have launched a website to promote greater awareness of their work.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board and Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards hope the website will help to better engage key stakeholders in the legal education sector.

Professor Julian Webb from the University of Warwick, who is in charge of the study, stated that the website is “designed to encourage and facilitate participation, as well as to provide information on progress.” 

This latest review will also take another look at the SRA’s workbased learning pilot (WBL), which concluded in Autumn 2010. Initiated in September 2008, the WBL saw 70 of the 79 candidates qualify as solicitors. The participants were either nominated by law firms that had already agreed to take them on for training as solicitors, or candidates who volunteered for the scheme and who were already employed in firms or in-house legal departments in legal roles which would not otherwise have led to qualification.

The results of the pilot were published in a report produced by Middlesex University, which found broadly in favour of the proposals. The findings in the report were then fed into the 2020 Legal Education Review.

The new site (www.letr.org.uk) will contain updates on how the project is progressing including minutes of key meetings and frequently asked questions.