Clinical Legal Education as Qualifying Work Experience for Solicitors

Dunn, Rachel, Roper, Victoria and Kennedy, Vinny (2018) Clinical Legal Education as Qualifying Work Experience for Solicitors. The Law Teacher, 52 (4). pp. 439-452. ISSN 0306-9400

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (the “SRA”) is proposing radical changes to solicitor education and training. The Solicitors Qualification Examination (“SQE”) has been extensively debated, but less attention has been paid to the proposed changes relating to qualifying work experience (“QWE”). In future, a much broader range of work experience, including that gained through clinical legal education, will potentially be able to count as QWE. This article addresses the key questions arising from the proposals, as yet unchartered in any depth in journals and scholarly writing. The background and detail of the SRA’s plans is analysed, before consideration is given to both the arguments for and against clinical legal education counting as QWE. The practical challenges are then deconstructed. Who will be able to supervise and sign off clinical legal education as QWE? What type of clinical legal education could count? How much time should students be credited for? What policies will law schools need to put in place? Practical advice is offered based on the authors’ experience and knowledge. The discussion is intended to stimulate further debate and the development of consensus on best practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Clinical legal education, law clinic, legal clinic, qualifying work experience, solicitor training
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 09:31
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 18:21

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