News UK SRA scheme threatens end of training contracts By The Lawyer 15 September 2008 09:45 13 December 2015 22:24 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Kurian Abraham 15 September 2008 at 17:33 Solicitor training contracts. This latest proposal from the SRA simply confuses the issue. Already the battle to secure a training contract is hard enough, now they are thinking of introducing a work based scheme? Surely, applicants are assessed both before starting their training contract and while doing it. So why bother with this take on anyone attitude? This would flood the market with even more graduates, making it even more difficult to apply for places. With the current system, those who do not yet have training contracts secured can still apply for other roles and perhaps work their way up towards becoming a solicitor. SRA’s proposal changes nothing. Also, the ILEX system already has a work based training scheme. Reply Link Trisha 16 September 2008 at 10:47 Excellent idea! BVC students can already work as paralegals for 2 years and do the QLTT’s Professional Conduct and Accounts exam and be admitted to the roll of Solicitors. What difference does this new proposal make? Just the fact that we are now going to have to pay external providers like Nottingham Law School to assess our paralegal work as well. Definitely fairer than a training contract or pupillage, which only really gets offered to Oxbridge graduates who most of the time have book knowledge but not practical skills. Reply Link Anonymous 16 September 2008 at 12:01 Brilliant idea Training contracts are such a waste of time. The idea that someone can become qualified just be sitting it out for two years is completely against ensuring a good standard of legal service. Trainees should be assessed for certain skills during their training contracts as well as at law school. It so much fairer to judge people on the basis of their skills and not length of time in the job. I only wish it had been introduced in time for me! Reply Link Hopeful trainee 16 September 2008 at 12:07 Out with the LPC In that case we should just scrap the LPC altogether! Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.