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21 May 2018

The future of professional legal education

The School's Director of Professional Legal Education, Chris Howard, will be speaking at the Legal Cheek Future of Legal Education and Training Conference on 23 May.

The Dickson Poon School of Law
The Dickson Poon School of Law

The conference will bring together delegates from leading law firms & chambers and nearly 30 university law schools, regulators and legal tech companies to debate forthcoming changes to legal education, including the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).  
Chris said: 'I am looking forward to continuing the discussion about the changing landscape of legal education and sharing thoughts on our work around professional education at King's to date. I am delighted to be taking part in the conference alongside such a respected group of colleagues in the sector.'  
The event takes place on 23 May at King’s Place London. Speakers include Lord Briggs (Supreme Court Justice with brief for innovation), Julie Brannan (Director of Education and Training at the ‎Solicitors Regulation Authority), Professor Thom Brooks (Dean of Durham University Law School) and Isabel Parker (Director of Legal Services Innovation at Freshfields).  
Chris was appointed as the first Director of Professional Legal Education for The Dickson Poon School of Law in April 2017.  Chris is responsible for leading the Law School’s strategy on the development of new professional education programmes and the coordination of existing professional skills modules.  In this role, he works closely with the Stephen Levett, Director of Clinical Legal Education, and Mihael Jeklic, Director of Professional Skills. He also coordinates his efforts with the work of the Law School’s Careers & Employability team to ensure that the School provides a full service of support for the career goals of all undergraduate and postgraduate law students.   
Along with the upcoming Legal Cheek event, Chris Howard has also recently spoken on the future of professional legal education at Delivering the SQE: Next Steps in Implementation at Aston University, and the Practical Law Knowledge Management Forum in March 2018. Future public engagements include speaking at Routes to the profession and the SQE, an exclusive event for Regulatory Management Firms organised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to be held on 12 June, and convening panel events on professional legal education for the Academic & Professional Development Committee of the International Bar Association at their conference in Rome this October.