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Enhancing student employability

Universities must not only provide opportunities for students to develop professional skills, but also ensure they understand why these skills are so important, explains Catherine Shephard

14 March 2017

Enhancing student employability has evolved into a key priority in higher education. The trend towards vocational degrees, including law, continues. The latest CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey highlighted that universities have a critical role in ensuring their leavers are work-ready and suitable for whatever job they step into after graduating.

Lord Neuberger has stated his belief that there is real scope for the development of skills programmes as part of a law degree. The SRA has announced its intention to incorporate practical legal skills assessments into the proposed solicitors qualifying examination.So how can we ensure that law students graduate with the professional skills which will make them employable?

Value for employers

First, we must ensure that students understand the value which graduate emplo...

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