Marco Biagi MSP: ‘Vital that route to the professions is open to Scotland’s young people’

Marco Biagi is the SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central, the constituency that includes the University of Edinburgh’s Law School and the Edinburgh Centre for Professional Legal Practice.  He has a strong interest in issues around access to higher and further education.

Mr Biagi is the parliamentary sponsor of the forthcoming event Fair Access to the Legal Profession: Questions of Justice and Education, being held in the Scottish Parliament building on 23 October.

Speaking to CFALP, Mr Biagi discussed why he decided to sponsor the event:

Access to education should be based on the ability to learn and not the ability to pay. This is especially important in training for the professions due to their important social role. There is an ongoing need for the legal profession to be representative so that the legal system is able to fairly represent and reflect the interests of all sections of society.

The recent Member’s Debate showed the importance of this issue to MSPs from all parties. I hope that, by inviting my fellow parliamentarians to meet and hear from students, campaigners and members of the legal profession, they will be able to see very clearly the issues facing young people who might want to take up these opportunities.  I am very proud of our achievements in Scotland in making undergraduate education free of tuition fees and providing sufficient financial support for students to live on, and it’s vital that we all keep to the spirit of that commitment and ensure the whole route to the professions is open to Scotland’s young people.

A limited number of places at the event are available for law students and recent graduates, especially those who have been, or may be, excluded from the profession by inability to fund the DPLP. Places are also available for a cross-section of law students and legal professionals interested in the issues of fair access to the DPLP and the profession.   To register your interest in attending, please complete the online form at https://cfalp.wordpress.com/cfalp-event-23-october/event-registration/

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