US-STYLE “attorneys” will be introduced to the UK legal system if a proposal by the College of Law is taken up.
The title would be given to those who do not qualify as barristers or solicitors but who continue careers as legal advisers or paralegals.
Education planners at the Guildford college have included the new qualification in their submission to the Aclec review of legal training.
The scheme would cover all students on a one-year, three-term vocational training course.
Richard Holbrook, chair of the college management board, said a qualification was needed for those with good training who do not want to join either profession.