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New challenges in the UK legal Education Landscape: TEF, SQE and the Law Teacher

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posted on 08.04.2020, 13:19 by M Canto-Lopez
A recent series of changes in Higher Education in general, and legal education, in particular, are altering the environment in which law teachers in the UK are used to work. This paper will mention two particular initiatives: on the one hand, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) a Government and market focussed scheme to drive up the standard of teaching and to provide information to students about the best provision of teaching. On the other hand, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) new proposed Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). The SQE is also entangled in market forces, employability and consumer choices, it pretends to end with the inconsistencies in law degrees and trainings offered at the moment; and to help social mobility in the profession. Both initiatives have been received with opposition by many parties that contend their reasons and data are flawed. In any case, both initiatives are affecting law teachers that as a consequence have lately being faced with new demands by students, employers and university managers. We conclude with the assertion that nowadays in the UK many law teachers are confronted with many pressures, numerous unanswered questions and no space to voice their concerns on a rapidly changing legal education landscape.

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CANTO-LÓPEZ, MARIBEL. New challenges in the UK legal education landscape: TEF, SQE AND the Law teacher. Revista Jurídica de Investigación e Innovación Educativa ( REJIE Nueva Época), [S.l.], n. 18, p. 11-30, july 2018. ISSN 1989-8754. Available at: . Date accessed: 08 apr. 2020. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.24310/REJIE.2018.v0i18.5054.

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VoR (Version of Record)

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Revista Juridica de Investigacion e Innovacion Educativa

Volume

volume 18

Issue

June

Pagination

11 - 30 (20)

Publisher

Servicios Academicos Intercontinentales

Acceptance date

29/12/2017

Available date

06/07/2018

Publisher version

http://www.revistas.uma.es/index.php/rejienuevaepoca/article/view/5054

Spatial coverage

UK

Language

en