The Legal Education Training Review (LETR) Released

The Legal Education Training Review (LETR) released its the long-awaited report on June 25, 2013. The project was a joint project of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Ilex Professional Standards (IPS). The review was a fundamental, evidence based review of legal education and training requirements across regulated and non-regulated legal services in England and Wales. The reports aims to ensure that the future system of legal education and training will be sufficiently robust to promote the regulatory objectives contained in the Legal Services Act 2007, focussing particularly on the need to protect and promote the interests of consumers and to ensure an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession.

The report presents the QLTS as an example of a system that employs mechanisms that can more robustly secure a consistent standard of attainment, and the extent to which standing setting or assessment need be centralised, as opposed to the inconsistency and acknowledged weakness of the current system for domestic law students entering the legal profession.

It is also stated in the report, which lists QLTS School as a training provider, that the QLTS takes an outcomes-focused approach to assessment. Further, the QLTS in particular is distinctive in introducing practical assessment tasks with standardised clients into a high stakes, qualifying assessment process.

It is now up to the SRA, BSB and IPS in the next stage of the project to set out a process for addressing the recommendations in the LETR report, and consulting formally on any proposed changes.

The report is available at the LETR website: