Solely 8% give some element about new course provision

Potential legislation college students approaching the UCAS cycle for autumn 2021 entry and curious to understand how legislation colleges are responding — or not — to the brand new solicitor super-exam want look no additional.

One legislation lecturer has compiled research primarily based on 119 UK legislation colleges to see what they are saying concerning the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

The SQE is because of come into pressure from 1 September 2021 — phasing out the traditional routes to qualification below the Graduate Diploma in Legislation (GDL) and Authorized Apply Course (LPC). Will probably be cut up into two levels, with the primary SQE1 sit simply over a 12 months away.

Dr Andrew Gilbert final month visited the web sites of all of the establishments on the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) list of QLD providers.

He discovered the vast majority of legislation colleges, 61%, make no point out of the SQE on their web sites.

An additional 14% of internet sites point out the SQE with various ranges of element, in line with Gilbert, from a “single sentence to a number of paragraphs and typically with a hyperlink to the SRA web site”, however regardless of the establishment’s legislation programs. Which means that three-quarters of internet sites don’t presently point out that the SQE could have any affect on legislation programs provided from autumn 2021, the examine finds.

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Of the remaining quarter, 17% state the SQE will have an effect on future course provision however embrace “no detailed details about the substance of modifications and/or when they are going to happen”; and eight% of internet sites give some element about new course provision in response to the SQE.

Gilbert discovered that almost all references are to the SQE typically, however the place particular reference is made it tends to be to SQE1, with solely three web sites explicitly mentioning SQE2.

Commenting on the findings, Gilbert mentioned:

“It’s cheap to imagine that some legislation colleges are planning curriculum modifications in response to the SQE and these are awaiting formal approval, and there may be additionally proof that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected institutional timelines. I speculate that there are different establishments that are biding their time to see what others do earlier than finalising their very own choices. It appears possible that web sites can be up to date within the coming months as extra legislation colleges unveil their plans for 2021.”

Gilbert additionally checked out the web sites of the SRA’s list of SQE training providers. On the time the analysis was performed, the checklist contained 41 entries, of which 15 additionally appeared on the QLD checklist. Of the 26 not on the QLD checklist, Gilbert discovered six state they are going to be providing SQE coaching however particulars are “restricted at current”, and an extra two present detailed info for his or her SQE1 and SQE2 prep programs, together with course size and precise or estimated course charges.

The SQE is but to be formally approved by the Legal Services Board. A call is predicted on the finish of the month.