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dc.contributor.authorJones, Dawn
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-25T09:41:54Z
dc.date.available2018-09-25T09:41:54Z
dc.date.issued2018-10-09
dc.identifier.citationDawn, J. (2018). Legal skills and the SQE: Confronting the challenge head on. The Law Teacher, 53 (1), pp. 35-48. doi: 10.1080/03069400.2018.1515841
dc.identifier.issn0306-9400
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03069400.2018.1515841
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/621710
dc.description.abstractThe approval of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) in April 2018 by the Legal Services Board heralds the demise of the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The new route to qualification announced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) also removes the requirement for a qualifying law degree prior to entering the legal profession as a solicitor, an undergraduate degree is required but the discipline is no longer prescribed. This change in approach creates new challenges for both Universities and students in relation to the acquisition of legal skills and understanding of professional conduct and the extent to which these elements should be incorporated into the LLB. Whether or not the LLB provided by an institution aims to include preparation for the SQE, a vocational legal education, or whether the institution offers a liberal law degree without SQE preparation will determine the degree to which practical legal skills and professional conduct will be a requisite. A liberal law degree can be seen as ‘one which does not focus on education for a particular purpose other than education itself. It is not aimed at preparing students for a particular job or profession and is not concerned with notions such as employability.’ For those institutions offering SQE preparation the challenge may be retaining sufficient opportunities for students to engage with socio-legal writing while also covering the essential practical elements required by the SQE. This is a challenge identified by Rigg as “the dual function of providing a liberal legal education while facilitating student and external expectations of employability”.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03069400.2018.1515841
dc.subjectSQE
dc.subjectskills
dc.subjectconduct
dc.subjectlegal education
dc.titleLegal skills and the SQE: Confronting the challenge head on
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalThe Law Teacher
dc.date.accepted2018-08-22
rioxxterms.funderUniversity of Wolverhampton
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUOW25092018DJ
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rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-10-09
dc.source.volume53
dc.source.issue1
dc.source.beginpage35
dc.source.endpage48
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refterms.dateFOA2018-10-25T09:19:55Z


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