Hopes that the Solicitors Qualifying Examination would lower the price of entry to the career obtained a recent blow at the moment when one of many UK’s largest regulation faculties introduced prep programs which might set non-law graduates again greater than £30,000.
In a long-awaited announcement, ULaw stated it has developed an LLM Authorized Observe course costing between £12,000 and £16,500. The LLM – which is able to put together college students for each parts of the SQE – will finally substitute the Authorized Observe Course, which prices between £12,900 and £17,500.
Non-law graduates are suggested to finish a regulation conversion courtroom earlier than embarking on the LLM. These new programs value between £9,850 and £15,000.
In whole, subsequently, a UK non-law graduate might pay as much as £31,500 in tuition charges. It at present prices aspiring solicitors £29,750 to take the regulation conversion course and the Authorized Observe Course in London.
The tutoring charges don’t cowl the price of sitting the SQE assessments: £3,980 payable to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
ULaw can be providing SQE1 revision programs for £500 and says a variety of scholarships and bursaries will probably be accessible for eligible college students.
The college added that the brand new programs have been developed to fulfill the necessities of authorized recruiters who’ve stated they need future trainees to have data and expertise past the SQE.
Professor Peter Crisp, professional vice chancellor (exterior), stated: ‘Our new programmes will allow college students to cross the SQE with confidence in addition to making them office-ready for apply in a regulation agency by empowering them with the data, expertise and behaviours wanted for a profitable profession in regulation.’
A lot of regulation faculties, together with coaching big BPP, have but to announce particulars of their SQE programs. US authorized training big Barbri introduced final yr that it will likely be providing a SQE preparation course for £6,000.