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Are law schools facing an existential crisis?

The type of education each law school wishes to provide for different learners is a decision many law schools are now faced with following the Legal and Education Training Review, says Rebecca Huxley-Binns

2 December 2013

Many universities celebrate their 50th birthday this year or next. That this half centenary is shared across so much of the sector is symbolic of the education revolution in the mid 1960s. As we are poised to celebrate, it occurs to me that many law schools swept up in the celebrations are having an existential crisis in their middle age. And why? Because the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) research report explicitly separated legal education and training from legal services education and training (LSET), the latter being a part of the former, and being that part of the former which is regulated and inextricably linked to reserved activity.

The providers' existential crisis is caused by the necessary decision many now have to make. Which type of educa...

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