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Law in Action – The Rwanda Policy in the Supreme Court

The Freedom Law Clinic cordially invites you to our public seminar, “Law in Action,” on Friday, 17 November at 09:00 AM London time. This session will provide a platform to dissect and understand the Supreme Court’s anticipated ruling on the Rwanda policy, which is to be announced on 15 November. Our seminar will offer a deep dive into the legal intricacies and its far-reaching effects on law and politics.

The clinic is devoted to demystifying the legal system, advocating for justice, and nurturing a forum for aspiring legal professionals and enthusiasts to tackle current legal challenges. Post-discussion on the Supreme Court’s judgement, we will steer towards the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), focusing on professional advancement and strategies for thriving in the legal profession.

This week, we are especially thrilled to include a special guest speaker who will lead our political discussion. Our SQE students and friends of the clinic are particularly encouraged to attend, ensuring a diverse and informed audience for a rich exchange of ideas.

Zoom Details for “Law in Action – The Rwanda Policy”:
Date: 17 November 2023
Time: 09:00 AM London

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Meeting ID: 876 8847 4641

Passcode: 815733

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Justice Report Highlights Flaws in Bail Decision-Making

A recent report by the legal think tank Justice has shed light on concerning trends in the bail decision-making process within the UK legal system, particularly for individuals awaiting trial. The study, which encompassed an analysis of 742 hearings, has revealed significant deviations from the Bail Act and Criminal Procedure Rules, which require decision-makers to follow set processes and provide reasoning for their decisions.

In cases where the prosecution objected to bail, the relevant law was mentioned in only 40% of the cases.

A mere 20% of decisions to remand in custody or to impose bail conditions referenced the relevant law and provided comprehensive reasoning.

There exist pronounced disparities affecting non-white defendants, non-UK nationals, those without legal representation, individuals appearing via video-link, and those in a secure dock.

The report further underscores a bias against non-white defendants, who are over 50% less likely to be granted unconditional bail compared to white defendants for high severity offenses. Non-UK nationals face a nearly 50% greater chance of bail denial. Moreover, those accused of high to very high severity offenses and lacking legal representation are 44% more likely to be remanded in custody.

Emma Snell, the report’s author and a senior legal fellow at Justice, emphasized the fundamental expectation that judicial decisions, especially those concerning pre-trial detention, should be made following the correct legal processes and communicated clearly to the defendant.

Reactions from the Magistrates’ Association and the Law Society:
Mark Beattie JP, the Magistrates’ Association’s national chair, expressed concern over the report’s findings and called for further investigation into the causes of these disparities. He acknowledged the complexity of bail decisions, which involve multiple agencies and factors, but stood by the overall efficacy of magistrates’ rulings.

Nick Emmerson, president of the Law Society, highlighted the critical role of early representation for defendants to navigate the intricate and life-altering proceedings of their cases. He advocated for increased investment in criminal defence to ensure adequate representation for all individuals in need.

The report recommends practical measures to ameliorate these issues, such as providing magistrates with detailed information on alternatives to remand and expanding the Bail Information Service to facilitate the setting of appropriate bail conditions. These steps aim to foster a more equitable and transparent bail system, acknowledging the weight of pre-trial decisions on the lives of defendants.

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Kaplan Confirms Isolated Marking Error in SQE2 – Minimal Impact Assured

Kaplan, the assessment provider for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), has recently concluded an extensive review of a marking error reported during the SQE2 sitting in April. This occurrence, while isolated, prompted a thorough examination of the assessment process, the findings of which were presented to the SQE Assessment Board in October.

The vast majority of candidates can breathe a sigh of relief, as the review determined that 324 examinees were unaffected by the error, ensuring the integrity of their original marks. However, Kaplan’s analysis revealed that 21 candidates experienced a nominal increase in their marks for the Business Competence and Management Assessment (BCMA) station. Importantly, this minor adjustment did not influence their overall SQE2 outcome.

In a singular case, one candidate’s mark adjustment for an assessment station was significant enough to alter their SQE2 result from a fail to a pass.

Kaplan has expressed its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of assessment and has reached out to all impacted individuals with a formal apology for the stress and uncertainty caused. Despite the initial concern, the effect on the cohort’s results was so limited that the post-assessment statistical report remains unaltered.

Moving forward, Kaplan has taken this incident as an impetus to further scrutinize and enhance their marking and review procedures. Such continuous improvements are vital in ensuring that the SQE remains a reliable measure of candidates’ readiness to proceed with their legal careers.

For those embarking on the SQE journey, Kaplan’s swift response and transparency in addressing and rectifying the error can be seen as a testament to their dedication to upholding the quality and fairness of the assessment process.

Candidates affected have been duly notified and can rest assured that Kaplan is taking all necessary steps to prevent future occurrences. With strengthened processes in place, Kaplan reaffirms its role as a trustworthy partner in the path to becoming a solicitor in England and Wales.

For more information and regular updates, candidates are encouraged to visit Kaplan’s official communication channels.

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Welcome to the all new Freedom Law Clinic Site!

The all new Freedom Law Clinic website is here, introducing the all new Freedom Law School curriculum for 2023 / 2024.

Our innovative programmes offers training for the Solicitors Qualification Examination 1 and 2 with Qualifying Work Experience at the same time.

What’s more, our subscription fee is far more affordable than those charged by major law schools.

Industry Access

We have a wide network of solicitors, and we partner with major law firms to provide exclusive opportunities for Qualifying Work Experience (QWE). The experience you gain with us is tailored to your individual career aspirations, helping you build a strong foundation for your legal career. We offer bespoke careers training to all our students, giving you the best possible chances of employment following your graduation.

Improving Diversity

We are committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession by making legal education accessible to everyone. Our seminars and lectures are available throughout the week, allowing you to log on when you have the time. Our work experience is also flexible, allowing you to accumulate professional work experience at your own pace. We offer the largest scholarship programme of its kind, meaning more and more students can train for free.

Active learning

We understand that learning the law is not just about memorising legal principles and concepts. It’s about being able to apply that knowledge in real-world scenarios. That’s why we use an active learning model that focuses on practical application and constant drilling.

Our seminars are built around practice questions and client scenarios. This means that our students are constantly challenged to apply their legal knowledge to real-life situations. They are drilled on the application of legal principles, so that they are prepared to apply their legal knowledge in the real world, as well as in their exams.

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What separates us from other law schools?

We believe traditional law schools are outmoded, expensive, and exclusive. At Freedom Law, our goal is to break down the barriers that have limited access to high-quality legal education, by offering an innovative and affordable alternative.

We are turning legal education into a tool for our communities, to advance access to justice for all, whilst delivering unprecedented industry and professional experience to our student body. Welcome to the fastest and smartest route to qualify in 2024.

There are three core beliefs that shape what we do;

Law Should Be Accessible To All

We’re relentlessly pursuing a world where everyone has equal access to the law, without the barriers of cost or location.

Education Has Transformative Powers

Education empowers individuals but it can also transform communities. Freedom Law is uniquely set up to do both.

The Justice System Requires True Diversity

We are driven by increasing diversity in the legal profession, providing opportunities for individuals from underrepresented.

We are already trusted by more than 50 leading institutions with 1000+ Registered learners, 60,000+ pro bono hours complete and a 100% alumni employability rate.

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