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Legal Education Forum

The objectives of the Legal Education Forum are to facilitate a wider and deeper understanding of the evolving legal education and training needs of the professions and other legal workforces (e.g. paralegals and legal executives), and to offer academics and trainers opportunities to share best practice in meeting these. This includes engagement with the discourse on how best to educate lawyers for entry to and progression in the legal professions.

Themes to be explored include:

  • Effective learning strategies to achieve vocational and academic legal education that links critical thinking to practice-focussed learning and values
  • How to instil competence in legal knowledge and skills and ethical standards for those entering the legal workplace
  • How to embed best practice in workplace training and career development to maintain career-stage appropriate competence and outcomes
  • How to create a more equal, diverse and inclusive legal workforce
  • How to recognise, nurture and develop talent within the legal workforce
  • How legal scholarship and educational theory informs concepts of graduateness and workplace learning and career development

Forum Convenors

nullLinda Jotham was in practice as a solicitor for many years, in corporate and capital markets practice at Freshfields followed by wide-ranging commercial practice as the Company Solicitor at Sotheby's Europe. Linda joined The City Law School in 2006 and teaches Business Law and Practice, Commercial Law and Practice, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Tax, Solicitors' Accounts and various legal skills and has a particular interest in promoting students' commercial awareness.

Linda is an external examiner for a number of other HE institutions and is currently completing a MA in Academic Practice (Technology Enabled) with a particular focus on legal education and training. Linda is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Legal Practice Course (LPC).


nullMarcus Soanes joined The City Law School (formerly the Inns of Court School of Law) in 1994 following practice as a barrister. On the Bar Professional Training Course, he teaches Advocacy and Conference Skills, Evidence and Professional Ethics and specialises in Commercial Law. He has a special interest in the critical study of courtroom advocacy and co-ordinates the Advocacy I & II modules on the LLM in Criminal Litigation.

Marcus regularly delivers witness familiarisation training to witnesses of fact, expert witnesses and the police. He holds an MA in Distance and Online Learning and is a Teaching Fellow at City, University of London. Marcus is a Principal Lecturer and Director of the Part-time BPTC.

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