Legal education and the experience

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Research Seminar delivered 25/10/11 as part of the CREE Seminar Series at the University of Sunderland.

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Legal education and the experience

  1. 1. Legal Education and the Experience Economy: The Apprenticeship Age? Chris Ashford Reader in Law and Society University of Sunderland
  2. 3. <ul><li>Dramatic shift in the legal profession landscape. </li></ul><ul><li>HE ‘experience’ and the wider experience economy </li></ul><ul><li>‘ The Student Experience’ – evolving definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Specific shifts in Legal Education market and experiences (vocational vs liberal) </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Education and Training Review (2011) </li></ul>Context
  3. 4. <ul><li>Solicitor/Barrister/Paralegal/PSLs – The Rise of the Paralegal </li></ul><ul><li>High Street/Regional/National/City/International </li></ul><ul><li>Commoditisation – Susskind, e.g LegisSQL </li></ul>Legal Practice
  4. 7. <ul><li>Modern Legal Apprenticeship </li></ul><ul><li>ILEX (and beyond) </li></ul><ul><li>Body (2001) Law Society Gazette </li></ul><ul><li>Ashford 2003 – Grew response </li></ul><ul><li>Ashford (2004) (2006) (2009) </li></ul>Commoditisation – the training imperative
  5. 8. <ul><li>Clementi Review </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Business Structures (ABS) e.g. Irwin Mitchell </li></ul><ul><li>Tesco Law </li></ul><ul><li>Apprenticeships – Gordons, Pinsent Masons </li></ul>Legal Services Act 2007
  6. 9. <ul><li>Milburn Report 2009 – </li></ul><ul><li>“ closed shop mentality” of professions such as law </li></ul><ul><li>75% judges, almost 70% of barristers are privately educated </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly narrow access </li></ul><ul><li>Global arguments – notably David Latt in the USA </li></ul><ul><li>MLA as an alternative? </li></ul>Access
  7. 10. <ul><li>Function of Law Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Law Schools within Practice </li></ul><ul><li>2011, Irwin Mitchell University (IMU) Law and Business School – partnership with College of Law </li></ul>Liberal vs Vocational
  8. 11. <ul><li>Creation of ‘experiences’ </li></ul><ul><li>Raises fundamental questions about the nature of the HE experience – function and form </li></ul>The Experience Economy

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