The Bar Standards Board of England and Wales issues consultation on revisions to definition of academic legal training

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has initiated a three-month public consultation to gather opinions on proposed revisions to the definition of academic legal training and handling consequential waivers and exemptions. The BSB aims to simplify the existing rules governing the academic component of Bar training to better align with objectives of maintaining high standards, flexibility, accessibility, and affordability. The proposed definition will consolidate various requirements from the BSB Handbook, Bar Qualification Manual, and Curriculum and Assessment Strategy into a single, comprehensible definition, with specific details outlined in the Curriculum and Assessment Strategy. The BSB suggests that vocational training providers are best suited to determine readiness for the vocational component, allowing them to make decisions on waivers and exemptions guided by BSB-developed standards and policies, particularly regarding equality, diversity, and inclusion. The consultation period runs until April 8, 2024.

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