Training revolution report set for June release

The long-awaited Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) should be published in the next five weeks.

In a statement this afternoon, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) stated: “The SRA, BSB (Bar Standards Board) and IPS (Ilex Professsional Standards) expect to receive the final research report from the research team very shortly and expect that it will be published before the end of June.”

The three industry regulators, representing solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives, will view the report before it is publicly released.

Originally intended for publication in December 2012, the report was first delayed until 16 January 2013 and then delayed again until this month.

Touted as the most significant review of legal education in decades, the research team comprises Julian Webb, professor of legal education at the University of Warwick; Jane Ching, a former solicitor and currently a reader at Nottingham Law School who focuses on legal education; Paul Maharg, professor of legal education at the School of Law, University of Northumbria and Avrom Sherr, Woolf professor of legal education and director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London.

Read Lawyer2B’s analysis of what the LETR may hold (6 December 2012).

Last week, readers of Lawyer2B were found to be underwhelmed by the prospect of the LETR with 60 per cent of those polled either unaware of its existence or unconvinced as to its usefulness (15 May 2013).

Lawyer2B will run comment on the review from figures in practice and education before and after the publication of the LETR, detailing their thoughts on how legal education should change and how the review measures up.