Training of Legal Trainees in the Czech Republic – new rules

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As of 1 July 2015 an amendment to the Resolution of the Board of the Czech Bar Association on the education of articled clerks and the continuing education of lawyers entered into force. The new rules bring essential changes to the scope of compulsory and optional training of trainee lawyers and to the content of the seminars. A trainee lawyer is now obliged, amongst other matters, to complete a given number of prescribed seminars in each year of his/her legal training. This is to prevent the trainees from attending the seminars only in the final year of the traineeship just before their bar exams. The training of legal trainees should now be continuous throughout the three years of their legal trainee period.

Useful link (in Czech)

Training of Legal Trainees in France

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Le Conseil national des Barreaux a adopté le 12 décembre 2014 une décision à caractère normatif concernant les programmes de formation des élèves-avocats.

Article 3 §2 – La pratique du métier d’avocat
« Les élèves avocats reçoivent une formation sur la pratique du métier d’avocat d’une durée de 140 heures.
Cette formation est organisée en trois thématiques fondamentales :
– Le conseil (environ 40 heures)
– La rédaction des actes juridiques (environ 50 heures)
– Le contentieux (environ 50 heures)
Elle comporte notamment les thématiques spécifiques suivantes :
– Le droit de l’Union européenne, cette thématique devant irriguer toute la formation,
(…) »

Sa mise en œuvre implique, dès lors, que tous les responsables pédagogiques des matières enseignées dans le cursus de formation initiale devront inclure dans leurs programmes les aspects relatifs aux droit de l’Union européenne. Cette décision sera mise en œuvre par les Ecoles d’avocats pour leurs programmes 2016.

Lien: Décision du 7 janvier 2015 définissant les principes d’organisation et harmonisant les programmes de la formation des élèves avocats (art. 21-1 de la loi du 31 décembre 1971 modifiée)

Training of Lawyers in England and Wales

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Continuing professional Development

Since April 2015, on a voluntary basis, and from November 2016, all English and Welsh solicitors will no longer need to show that they have completed 16 hours on Continuing Professional Development. The new regulatory approach by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority means that solicitors and entities must make sure that they are competent to deliver a proper standard of service to clients. They should do this by:

– reflecting on the quality of their practice by reference to the SRA Competence Statement for solicitors
– addressing identified learning and development needs by planning and talking appropriate action
– making an annual declaration that they have considered their training needs and taken measures to maintain their competence

Useful links:
A New Approach to Continuing Competence – Toolkit
SRA Competence Statement (SRA website, adopted 11 March 2015)

Training for tomorrow

The SRA is continuing its review of the mode of access to the legal profession of solicitor in England and Wales. It is planning to relax its regulatory grip on the process of training leading to qualification as a solicitor, whilst seeking to ensure that competence is maintained in the final outcome. The revised Training Regulations, 2014, already allow an alternative route to the traditional traineeship (stage) of a “period of recognised training” where those following such a track have show they have met the same outcomes, but via a different route.

A consultation on further options is expected towards the end of 2015. The likely choices to be made are between maintaining the current routes to qualification, authorising pathways that lead to the designated competences, or finally not authorising anything but establishing a final “centralised” assessment to ensure that the competences are in fact achieved. The final mode could include recognising specific pathways to qualification.

Useful links:
Policy statement: Training for Tomorrow (SRA Website)
Law Society 2020: education and training (Law Society Gazette)
Legal education: the right road? (Law Society Gazette)

Welcome to the New CCBE Training Blog

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logo CCBEAs from September 2015, the CCBE Training Blog will provide information about European and national developments relating to the training of lawyers. More information about the aim of the Blog can be found in the Blog section ‘About’.