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Are we ready for new routes into the profession?

 

3 November 2015

There is a real risk the SRA’s work on improving diversity and social mobility could amount to nothing, writes Verity Quaite

In the last year, around a dozen people qualified ?as solicitors through equivalent means, the route to qualification introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in 2014 that permits exemptions from parts of the academic and vocational stages of training.  

Despite the introduction of a competence statement in April 2015, the exact nature of the experience that will be accepted by the SRA remains somewhat unclear, though in theory the introduction of alternative routes to qualification, rather than the rigid and expensive LLB/graduate diploma in law, legal practice course (LPC), and training contract formula, should foster diversity in the profession by making routes to qualification more flexible and accessible. 

This year, the SRA is considering and will be consulting on further chang...

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