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Society backs policy proposals to reshape solicitor training

3 November 2008

Policy proposals to reshape the future education and training of solicitors were backed by the Law Society of Scotland’s Council at a meeting on Friday.

Members approved a range of proposals, which will now be published for consultation on 14 November 2008. The consultation will run until February, with a final paper put to next year’s AGM.

Education and training committee member Alan Eccles urged all those with an interest in the subject to take part in the exercise.

The seven policy proposals form the latest phase of the review of every aspect of education and training, from the academic stage to post-qualification and professional development. The aim is to develop a system that delivers excellence and encourages wider access to the profession, while responding to changes in education and the provision of legal services.

Members voted to remove a suggestion that the annual continuing professional development requirement should be increased from 20 to 30 hours. CPD will become more accessible and flexible as part of the plans.

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