As reported by Thomas Connelly for Legal Cheek, the news that final year law students can gain practical legal experience by acting as McKenzie friends for litigants-in-person is to be welcomed. Sadly, other forms of hands-on learning which give law students a real taste of what being a lawyer or barrister is like, such as mooting competitions, are still in short supply. Participating in this scheme will certainly supplement traditional learning, in which students examine case law and legal textbooks.

It is interesting that students who wish to join the scheme will have to provide their own professional indemnity insurance. This has diversity implications, as it may place limits on those who can afford to get involved. Will cash-strapped university students be able to off-set the cost?

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