Tie-ups come as regulator defends super-exam’s MCQ format

BARBRI has entered into partnerships with the College of Sussex and a nationwide paralegal affiliation to organize aspiring solicitors to take a seat the brand new super-exam.

The authorized training supplier will provide college students and grads at Sussex Uni discounted charges for half considered one of its on-line Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) prep course as a part of the collaboration. It’s going to additionally ship SQE workshops remotely this month alongside workshops on the college’s campus from spring.

BARBRI is considered one of solely two suppliers to go public with their SQE charges thus far. It is offering a £6,000 SQE prep course, with SQE1 and SQE2 every costing £2,999. In the meantime, QLTS School has launched three online-only course packages, with the bottom priced choice, costing £1,490 for SQE1 and £1,590 for SQE2. BPP College Legislation College and the College of Legislation are but to announce their charges.

In a separate tie-up, BARBRI can also be providing discounted prep course charges to members of the Nationwide Affiliation of Licensed Paralegals (NALP) — a not-for-profit, skilled membership physique for paralegals.

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Victoria Cromwell, director of UK programmes at BARBRI, mentioned: “We all know that the SQE is opening up alternatives to assist form larger variety inside the occupation and by partnering with membership our bodies just like the NALP, which work alongside gifted authorized professionals, we hope we can assist to interrupt down boundaries to entry and help those that want to qualify as solicitors.”

Last month Legal Cheek reported that BARBRI had struck an analogous low cost take care of Flex Authorized, an organization that connects legislation corporations with attorneys and paralegals.

Information of the tie-ups comes because the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) director of training and coaching, Julie Brannan, defended its use of a number of alternative questions (MCQs) to evaluate candidates’ functioning authorized information as a part of SQE1.

Talking on the regulator’s annual SQE convention yesterday, Brannan mentioned, “it’s a very good methodology of eliminating a complete space of attainable problem, and likewise giving us information to drill right down to see if the questions do work correctly”.

The SQE will change the Authorized Apply Course when it comes into drive subsequent autumn. It was formally approved by the Legal Services Board in October.