The Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced proposed plans to introduce a central exam which all trainee solicitors would have to take in order to qualify.
It claims that these exams would allow greater access to the profession and ensure all trainees are at a high standard, as more and more routes to the profession open up.
The Law Society president has heavily criticised the move and argues that it will result in more privileged students being favoured. He believes less advantaged students would find it harder to gain funding for these non-compulsory courses.
The worry is that all this uncertainty around the process of legal qualification could make the UK legal market less competitive and result in devaluation of an industry worth £30bn to the UK economy.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s proposal to introduce a central exam to be taken by all would-be solicitors could promote nepotism and favour the wealthy, the president of the Law Society warned today. Introducing its proposals for a solicitors qualifying exam this week, the SRA said it would ensure all trainee solicitors reach the same high standards and would help widen access to the profession.