Simulated practice and client settings in the form of objective structured professional assessment could be used to assess professional ethics, argues Katie Jukes

How should future solicitors and barristers be assessed for their understanding and embodiment of the ethical values and duties that lie at the heart of their practice?

This question has been the subject of debate and change on the part of regulators and is, on any view, an important one. The vocational stage of training may be the first time many students have come across a code of conduct that will govern their professional practice. Students are learning about the responsibilities inherent in upholding the administration of justice and the rule of law. 

In March 2020, Julie Brannan, director of education and training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), stated: “We need to make sure that qualifying...

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