Years ago I stood at the top of the hill at Alexandra Palace and breathed the fresh north London air with relief at completing the Law Society finals. The pleasure of a one-time pass-fail examination (of which students have been long deprived during the rise and eclipse, if not fall, of the Legal Practice Course) will re-emerge with the SRA’s Solicitors Qualifying Examination stages 1 and 2. There are obvious regressive elements to this renewal of what is, in effect, a grown-up version of the 11-plus. But one advantage (if the SRA is nimble enough) will be the potential flexibility for educational providers, old and hopefully new, to respond to the way that technology will transform legal services and careers.
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