As AS Law students will no doubt be about to learn, a legal education can be an expensive business when you factor in the cost of a degree as well as GDL/LPC/BVC depending on your chosen route into the profession. Perhaps it's not too surprising then to see that lawyers themselves are now arguing that the time is right for a new route into the profession in the form of Modern Legal Apprenticeships. Strangely, these almost hark back to the old days of doing your "articles" by on-the-job training. For an example, see the scheme run by prestigous firm Pinsent Masons in conjunction with ILEX.
Another example of reform to the legal training process is shortened law degree programmes such as the one offered by the College of Law (if you want to find out more about this, they are holding a web seminar, or "webinar", on 5th Oct - click here for details).