Replaces LPC route from 2022
Reed Smith has partnered with two new super-exam coaching suppliers to arrange its future joiners to qualify as solicitors beneath the brand new regime.
The Metropolis regulation agency at the moment introduced it’s becoming a member of forces with BARBRI and the Faculty of Authorized Apply (CoLP) to ship a brand new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) coaching path in 2022. It’s going to change the unique deal it holds with BPP College Legislation Faculty to ship the Authorized Apply Course and Graduate Diploma in Legislation — each of which might be scrapped as soon as the brand new two-part evaluation takes impact from autumn subsequent yr.
Each BARBRI and CoLP have lately gone public with details of their new SQE choices. BARBRI will practice up Reed Smith rookies to take a seat the SQE exams, whereas CoLP will ship practice-based studying to help with their research in addition to providing its personal SQE prep programs.
The UK’s greatest regulation companies are making ready to overtake their coaching constructions as the brand new path to solicitor qualification nears. Reed Smith is likely one of the first main Metropolis regulation companies to offer substantive particulars about its SQE plans.
Reed Smith trainees will examine for the SQE as a part of a masters programme that may be accomplished throughout a single educational yr. They are going to obtain £13,000, which features a £6,000 upkeep grant, for the coaching yr.
The brand new mannequin contains six steps, with the primary two steps, a regulation refresher course and the SQE1 prep course, accomplished on-line. The remaining steps, a authorized data and expertise course, the SQE2 prep course, an expert mission, and the 2 years’ qualifying work expertise (QWE), happen from Reed Smith’s or a shopper’s workplace.
In the course of the authorized data and expertise course, the third step, future trainees will have the ability to work part-time, for 2 days per week in two separate seats, with placements within the agency’s data, innovation, enterprise companies or professional bono groups, or with one of many agency’s shoppers. They are going to have the ability to examine in the course of the remaining three days of the week.
The 2 years’ QWE will mirror the agency’s present coaching contract construction: 4 seats together with one contentious seat. The remuneration is predicted to be the identical, with first yr trainees incomes £45,000, rising to £49,000 of their second yr, and £90,000 upon qualification.
College students and not using a regulation diploma might be required to finish a conversion course earlier than embarking on the brand new route. This might be funded by the agency.
Reed Smith’s coaching principal, Brigid North, commented:
“The introduction of the brand new Skilled SQE coaching path is a major step ahead for our future trainees and the agency. We’re very happy to have the ability to supply an progressive new route that may allow our trainees to earn as they study, which ensures we will entice a wider pool of expertise to the agency.”
At present’s information comes just a week after the Authorized Companies Board gave the inexperienced gentle for the brand new centralised evaluation to go forward.
Different Metropolis regulation companies are anticipated to observe with their very own SQE updates within the coming months.