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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
I have never felt strongly enough about any issue to voice an opinion outside my circle, but I am so incensed by the recent legal education proposals that I have to write to you.
I gave up nursing to study law six years ago. As a single parent this was a huge commitment both in time and financially.
I chose law as I felt I was bettering myself, that Id be of a higher status and in a more respected profession and that the sacrifices would therefore all be worth it.
After doing the LLB, LLM and now the LPC, along with my training contract, I am demotivated by Februarys Lawyer 2B article [on the Training Framework Review plan to abolish vocational training].
I think the routes to qualification are flexible enough. I went into it aged 31 with no formal qualifications bar my nursing course and have continued to nurse to fund the study, so accessibility/cost is not a strong argument for the changes.
What is being missed is that these accessibility obstacles are a filtering process.
Getting through the system is rigorous, stressful, demanding and intellectually draining. The determination needed is a character-building exercise in preparation for the real legal world.
Given the option of the new proposals, I wouldnt change the route Ive taken, as I feel the foundations in law need to be set at the beginning of the study process.
Had I known six years ago that the profession would be so dumbed down, enabling any Tom, Dick and Harry in, I wouldnt have left my previous profession.