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Top judge predicts revolution in use of legal services and training of lawyers

10 May 2018<p>Vos: Family lawyers may be the lucky ones<p>Technology will revolutionise the way we educate, train, and utilise legal expertise, a senior …

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam: Spring update

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) has been approved in principle by the Legal Services Board. This means that it is certainly going ahead and that …

Is Artificial Intelligence Good or Bad for Lawyers?

All law students will have heard in some lecture or seminar about the increased use of technology in the legal profession. Artificial Intelligence …

Paralegal work: a guide for future solicitors

Paralegals are legal professionals who work in law firms without being qualified as solicitors, barristers or chartered legal executives. …

Examining the outlook for London as a commercial legal hub post-Brexit

London has long been a favoured centre for global commercial litigation. Two-thirds of cases fought in London’s Commercial Court are now brought by …

Kit Cox - How AI is redefining the roles in law

Robots and AI (artificial technology) are reshaping the legal profession – with a Deloitte Insight report released last year estimating that nearly …

University students are turning to private tutors to get through their degree, survey shows

University students are increasingly turning to private tutors to get through their degrees with one in five seeking extra help, a survey has found.<p>The pressure to graduate with an upper second or first class degree has led to undergraduates relying on tutors to boost their grades, according to …

College & University

Legal Services Board approves SQE – for now

27 March 2018<p>Buckley: Further rule changes required to bring SQE into force<p>The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved an initial application by the …

Pressure mounts on Legal Services Board to delay or reject SQE

Hitting the books: Law lecturers strongly against SQE<p>The Legal Services Board (LSB) has come under unprecedented pressure to reject plans by the …

Law Society

Allen & Overy ups LPC maintenance grant to £10,000

Allen & Overy has become the final magic circle firm to increase its Legal Practice Course maintenance grant from £7,000 to £10,000.Slaughter and May …

Brexit won't send us down 'parochial back alley', says Briggs LJ

Supreme Court justice says the UK may be strengthened as a dispute resolution centre after leaving the EU.

Law Society

Why English courts are opening in the EU

<b>It's English law, in English - but the courtroom is in Paris.</b><p>According to French reports, the new "international chamber" is an attempt to capitalise on Brexit and steal London's crown as a global hub for lucrative commercial legal disputes.<p>Other English-language courts are popping up in the …

Super-exam decision delayed amid chorus of disapproval

Legal Services Board gives itself more time to rule on plans for controversial new qualification regime for solicitors.

What is commercial awareness and how do I develop it?

To persuade a recruiter of your commercial awareness, you need to develop a genuine interest in the business world. Without one, you are unlikely to …

BAME student LPC/GDL pass rates significantly lower than for white peers

<p>The <em>Law Gazette</em> has reported on data from the SRA revealing that black and minority ethnic (BAME) students are less likely to pass the …

Unexpected rise in BPTC student numbers follows four-year decline

<p>The number of students enrolling on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) has unexpectedly risen by 14% after a downward trend emerged over …

Revealed: White students twice as likely as black counterparts to pass LPC

4 January 2018<p>University of Law: Dominates LPC provision with BPP<p>Students from white backgrounds are almost twice as likely as those from black …

Students left behind as legal industry takes off

by Luke Misthos<p>Legal education must evolve to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape, according to academics who say outdated admission …

Education

How Virtual Reality is Changing Education

We all know how wildly popular Pokémon GO was when it first launched (and continues to be). With as many as $5.7 million spent daily on in-app …

Augmented Reality

Law firms yet to embrace SQE, survey shows

Research commissioned by BPP Law School shows law firms are yet to take to SRA proposals.

Law firms view solicitor training reform negatively, SQE survey finds

20 November 2017<p>SQE: awareness among students low<p>The more law firms find out about the planned Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), the less …

Two years’ experience as a trainee solicitor before qualifying will continue under new ‘super exam’, SRA confirms

<p>The requirement that prospective solicitors gain two years’ practising experience in order to qualify will remain when the Solicitors …

“Third of top 300 law firms will disappear by 2022”

22 November 2017<p>John Llewellyn-Lloyd (left) and Adrian Biles speaking yesterday<p>A third of the top 300 UK law firms will have disappeared by 2022, a …

Business Development

Technology will put one in five legal jobs at risk, Law Society predicts

3 November 2017<p>Egan: Brexit makes predictions risky<p>Legal jobs are already being lost to technology, with the figure climbing to tens of thousands …

SRA ushers in 'Uberisation' of legal services

The SRA today signalled what it called the ‘Uberisation’ of the legal market with the advent of the freelance solicitor.<p>The regulator proposes to …

Legal Services

Common entrance exams and the SQE: the wrong story

The SQE is the Solicitors Qualifying Exam in England and Wales. It’s an example of a common entrance examination, something a number of legal …