Regulator stays hopeful evaluation will go forward in November as deliberate
Regulation faculties have begun welcoming their first teams of scholars who will go on to qualify by way of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) pathway, because the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) revealed it’s “wanting intently” on the choices for delivering the brand new centralised assessments on-line in gentle of the coronavirus pandemic.
With the primary super-exams scheduled to take place in early November, plenty of authorized schooling suppliers have formally begun their respective prep programs on-line.
The College of Regulation (ULaw) welcomed its first cohort of scholars on to its SQE Law Essentials Course, a part-time programme for non-law graduates to assist them put together for its SQE1 prep course. Just like the Graduate Diploma in Regulation (GDL), the 16-week on-line providing covers key subjects together with contract, tort, crime, land, trusts, and constitutional and administrative legislation. Its SQE1 prep course is anticipated to begin in July/August 2021.
Elsewhere, BARBRI launched its SQE1 prep course this week, with aspiring legal professionals attending their first digital lectures. It confirmed it has 280 college students enrolled to date, round half of which maintain an undergraduate legislation diploma.
The opposite main market participant, BPP College Regulation College, secured the contract to supply SQE prep programs to future trainees at a bunch of influential Metropolis legislation corporations often known as the ‘consortium’. It additionally launched an SQE-slanted Law Conversion Course (PGDL) in September of final yr.
Information of the primary SQE college students comes because the SRA’s director of schooling and coaching, Julie Brannan, revealed throughout an online webinar that the regulator is “wanting intently” at on-line evaluation choices in response to lockdown restraints, however that it remained “hopeful” they might go forward in November as deliberate.
Brannan — who will talking at The SQE Sessions, a digital occasion to mark the beginning of the super-exam’s launch yr — mentioned:
“Even when some restrictions stay in drive in late 2021 and 2022, now we have demonstrated by way of the Certified Legal professionals Switch Scheme that we are able to efficiently ship examinations similar to SQE, successfully and safely. Social distancing and different protecting measures have been put in place to guarantee that the QLTS examinations which ran within the second half of 2020 have been protected for candidates.”
The SQE, which can exchange the Authorized Follow Course (LPC), received the green light from the Authorized Companies Board within the autumn.
Authorized Cheek is internet hosting a day of digital seminars to mark the beginning of the SQE launch yr. The SQE Periods takes place subsequent Thursday (28 January), and tickets are available to purchase now.