The Law Society Council has given the green light to a plan that could spell the end of the two-year training contract period for trainee solicitors.
At its quarterly meeting on 13 May, the council approved a draft statement on the long-running training framework review, which aims to bring flexibility into the qualification process and move to an outcomes-based approach.
One of the recommendations that the council passed was to explore “new and innovative routes to qualification”, encompassing changes to higher education, the diversity of new entrants to the profession and the diversity of legal practice.
Julie Swan, Law Society head of education and training, who is leading the review, said there was general agreement that a period of work-based learning was a necessary part of qualification.
But she added that it had yet to be resolved as to whether the existing arrangement was the best method of regulating that time.
“A period of learning akin to that of a training contract is likely to be a feature in the future, but whether the training contract remains is a question we will be looking at,” she said.