Qualifying Work Experience in England & Wales: the opportunities and risks presented to university law clinics
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; University of Central Lancashire
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AbstractThis commentary details the sweeping changes to the route to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales brought about in September 2021, and considers the opportunities and risks presented to university law school clinics by one aspect of this route: the new system of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE). The article reflects on the opportunities for law clinic development, innovation and recognition offered by QWE and weighs these up against the potential risks that will need to be managed carefully to avoid them becoming a threat to law clinic enhancement. The article considers the results of an early data gathering exercise to garner clinician and student volunteer perspectives on QWE within its first year of operation.
CitationTodd, A., & Blackburn, L. (2023). Qualifying work experience in England and Wales: The opportunities and risks presented to University Law Clinics. Asian Journal of Legal Education, 10(1), 101–110. https://doi.org/10.1177/23220058221126654
JournalAsian Journal of Legal Education
DescriptionTodd, A., & Blackburn, L., Qualifying work experience in England and Wales: The opportunities and risks presented to University Law Clinics, Asian Journal of Legal Education (Journal Volume Number 10 and Issue Number 1) pp. 101–110. Copyright ©  (The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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