The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has formed a strategic collaboration with the College of Law to offer legal employers training options for all staff, from school leavers to fully qualified lawyers.
Doing a law degree was great. Not because of the law, I should say, but because the 10 or so hours a week of formal studying left lots of time for other, somewhat more fulfilling activities. It would be wrong to say I got nothing from my degree – and compared to the soul-destroying Law Society Finals it was an absolute riot – and so I have been unsure how to react to the debate about the College of Law’s new two-year law degree, following BPP’s lead.
The College of Law is to enter the undergraduate degree market for the first time by launching a two-year LL.B that it says will prepare students for legal practice. Students will be able to choose a degree that focuses on legal issues for individuals or one aimed at business law.
Law students have been here before. When I first started working on the Law Society Gazette in 1996, I went to Trainee Solicitors Group conferences where I would meet legal practice course graduates who had unsuccessfully applied for literally hundreds of training contracts.