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Education Review

In November 2007 the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland launched a wide-ranging review of the present arrangements for those wishing to qualify as a solicitor in Northern Ireland.

The Education Review Working Group ("the ERWG") was tasked with taking forward the review.

The major focus of the review was to re-examine current arrangements for postgraduate vocational training and qualification as a solicitor, and for the admission of new solicitors in Northern Ireland in order to decide whether and, if so, how, these arrangements should be modified or altered.

The review also considered the permitted exceptions to the Regulations, namely Regulations 8(3) and 8(5) and whether those exceptions should continue or be amended and, if amended, what should be the amended arrangements.

In addition the review considered the present arrangements for those who wish to qualify as a solicitor in Northern Ireland but who have qualified or partly qualified in another jurisdiction.

In 2007 the ERWG prepared an initial Consultation Document, "Shaping the Future of Legal Education".

The Law Society issued this Consultation Document to over 4000 individuals. The closing date for responses to the Consultation Document was 4th April 2008.

A list of key issues emerging from the initial consultation process was identified and has been discussed by the ERWG. A second Consultation document was prepared.  

Shaping the Future of Legal Education

In November 2007 the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland launched a wide-ranging review of the present arrangements for those wishing to qualify as a solicitor in Northern Ireland.

Following this review the Society has issued a second consultation document entitled:

Shaping the Future of Legal Education 2 - The findings of the Education Review Group