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Society hits the road again
Major changes to the way people qualify as a solicitor in Scotland are the subject of a new series of roadshows run by the Law Society of Scotland, beginning this month.
Students, academics, training firms and paralegals are invited to attend the free events which will give an opportunity to ask questions as well as learn about how the changes will affect them.
Liz Campbell, Director of Education and Training at the Society, said: “After a major consultation with a wide range of people including trainers in the legal profession, trainees and students, we are now at the stage of introducing policy changes which will have far-reaching implications for the solicitors of tomorrow.
“The changes we are bringing in will allow more choice for students in their studies and more flexibility for universities in delivering the courses. For example, students will have the option of studying non-law subjects alongside law in their degree programme and a wide choice of electives in their vocational training.”
She added: “One of the biggest changes people will notice is the move from prescribed professional subjects to outcomes to be achieved by the end of the course. That means that future employers will know that trainees entering the profession have achieved certain levels in professional ethics and standards, professionalism and professional communication.
Another major change which will directly affect solicitors once they have qualified is to continuing professional development. There will be a wider range of activities solicitors can engage in to the meet the minimum 20 hours' CPD a year.
The roadshows are planned for the following dates:
27 January – University of Edinburgh
3 February – Drumrossie Hotel, Inverness
10 February – Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
17 February – Apex Hotel, Dundee
22 February – Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
3 March – Park Inn, Aberdeen
Registration for all the roadshows is from 5pm, with the roadshows running from 5.30-7.30pm.
Separate workshops are also being held to help new lawyers develop their skills and kick-start their careers.
The events, which have been developed jointly by the Society and Fairplace, the UK’s only career management firm to have a specialist legal sector team, will focus on what law firms look for in trainees; how to get noticed for new roles or promotions; how to develop interpersonal skills; and how to manage a career through good and bad times.
Workshops will take place in Edinburgh at the Law Society of Scotland on 20 January and in Aberdeen on 26 January at Robert Gordon University. More information about these is on the Society’s website www.lawscot.org.uk.