5,000 paralegals to have entry to SQE scholarships and charge reductions

New entrant Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) supplier BARBRI is teaming up with Flex Authorized to assist paralegals to take a seat the upcoming super-exam.

BARBRI will provide Flex Authorized’s 5,000 paralegals scholarships and discounted charges for its on-line SQE prep course, which launches in two months’ time. The tie-up is on a non-exclusive foundation.

Many paralegals working in regulation companies — usually enterprise authorized work equal to trainee or certified solicitors — have discovered it troublesome to satisfy the present coaching contract requirement for solicitor qualification.

The SRA’s extremely versatile two-part SQE, which comes into pressure subsequent autumn, permits on-the-job expertise with as much as 4 totally different authorized employers to be included into aspiring solicitors’ formal coaching necessities. They may be capable to qualify by way of the SQE augmented by two years’ qualifying work expertise (QWE) instead of the coaching contract requirement.

Flex Authorized, an organization that connects regulation companies with attorneys and paralegals, is constructing over the subsequent few months a QWE digital diary in order that paralegals can observe their progress throughout their work placements and can be utilized as a file after they apply to qualify. It launches in January 2021.

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“We’re actually excited to be launching our QWE diary for our scholar professionals. In impact, it places the ability to regulation college students to construct their very own coaching contracts,” Mary Bonsor, director of Flex Authorized, mentioned. “Moreover, our relationship with BARBRI now provides our paralegals an distinctive set of instruments to arrange for the precise SQE examination, which in flip will increase their possibilities of efficiently qualifying.”

“We perceive that traditionally, it’s been troublesome for paralegals to safe the coaching contracts essential to qualify as a solicitor, so the brand new SQE opens up super alternatives for them,” Sarah Hutchinson, managing director of BARBRI, added. “BARBRI is exceptionally happy to play a job in easing the best way for these deserving professionals to efficiently qualify.”

BARBRI just lately became the first legal education provider to go public with its SQE fees — providing a £6,000 SQE prep course, with SQE1 and SQE2 every costing £2,999. The University of Law and The College of Legal Practice introduced their very own super-exam prep programs this week.

BARBRI has previously struck partnerships with Russell Group duo King’s Faculty London and Manchester College to supply college students SQE workshops and charge reductions.

The SQE was formally approved by the Authorized Companies Board final month.