Non-law graduates: an uncommon route to qualification?

Journal article


Koo, J. (2019). Non-law graduates: an uncommon route to qualification? The Law Teacher.
AuthorsKoo, J.
Abstract

This article considers the future of the conversion course (Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law) taken by non-law graduates (NLGs) seeking to qualify as solicitors and barristers in England and Wales. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB) are changing the paths to qualification, which for NLGs commences currently with this course. University law schools are particularly unsettled by (i) the impact of the SRA’s move to a centralised exam; (ii) the deregulation of courses including the conversion course; and (iii) the divergence in professional requirements. This article analyses the changes and the likely responses to them taking account of the factors which have influenced the development of the conversion course as it is today. These have been, and, it is argued, will increasingly be, market-influenced decisions to ensure a supply of “good” graduates. The analysis is juxtaposed with the agenda for diversity, this being a key driver of regulatory changes. It is argued that a free market of course providers points to new and varied courses, but there is no logic or factors on which it can be confidently suggested that the reforms will lead to greater diversity in the profession.

Year2019
JournalThe Law Teacher
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0306-9400
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/03069400.2019.1643659
Publication dates
Online15 Aug 2019
Publication process dates
Accepted11 Jul 2019
Deposited11 Sep 2019
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open
Permalink -

https://openresearch.lsbu.ac.uk/item/88010

Accepted author manuscript

  • 6
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 2
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Related outputs

The EU law “core” module: Surviving the perfect storm of Brexit and the SQE
James, C and Koo, J (2017). The EU law “core” module: Surviving the perfect storm of Brexit and the SQE. Law Teacher. 52 (1), pp. 68-84.
Mass Influxes and Protection in Europe: A Reflection on a Temporary Episode of an Enduring Problem
Koo, J (2018). Mass Influxes and Protection in Europe: A Reflection on a Temporary Episode of an Enduring Problem. European Journal of Migration and Law. 20 (2), pp. 157-181.
The European Union Temporary Protection Directive: an example of solidarity in law but not in practice. A Review of Temporary Protection in the European Union 1990-2015.
Koo, J (2016). The European Union Temporary Protection Directive: an example of solidarity in law but not in practice. A Review of Temporary Protection in the European Union 1990-2015. Refugee Law Initiative 1st Annual Conference. London 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2016 London South Bank University.
The EU law 'core' module: surviving the perfect storm of Brexit and the SQE
Koo, J and James, C (2017). The EU law 'core' module: surviving the perfect storm of Brexit and the SQE. The Law Teacher.
The European Union Temporary Protection Directive: an example of solidarity in law but not in practice. A Review of Temporary Protection in the European Union 1990-2015.
Koo, J (2017). The European Union Temporary Protection Directive: an example of solidarity in law but not in practice. A Review of Temporary Protection in the European Union 1990-2015. School of Advanced Studies, University of London.
EU Temporary Protection Directive: What lessons have been learned?
Koo, J (2016). EU Temporary Protection Directive: What lessons have been learned? Refugee Law Initiative Conference. London 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2016 London South Bank University.