Authorized Cheek talks to the primary gamers to see the place they stand on the legislation conversion course
The brand new solicitor super-exam is because of come into power from 1 September 2021 — phasing out the traditional routes to qualification underneath the Graduate Diploma in Legislation (GDL) and Authorized Apply Course (LPC).
Because the roll-out date nears, college students shall be excited about how the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), one of many largest adjustments to authorized training and coaching, will influence them.
Beneath the present regime, a non-law graduate in search of to change into a solicitor should full a one-year GDL earlier than they will embark on the LPC. Beneath the SQE, a two-part nationwide evaluation to be set and examined centrally, there isn’t a equal requirement, i.e. all graduates (legislation or non-law) can proceed on to SQE1.
Does this imply the SQE will kill the GDL?
The scenario stays unclear. Whereas new entrant BARBRI has mentioned non-law grads don’t want to finish a legislation conversion course to embark on its SQE prep course, it seems that the primary established vocational UK legislation colleges, The College of Legislation (ULaw) and BPP Legislation College (BPP), proceed to encourage non-law college students to finish it.
BARBRI — which last month turned the primary authorized training supplier to go public with its £6,000 SQE prep course charges — says it is ready to provide non-law grads a path to solicitor qualification sans GDL as a result of SQE1 content material covers ‘functioning authorized data’, or in different phrases, the core modules on the GDL.
ULaw and BPP are but to supply substantive particulars of their new SQE choices or the charges they are going to cost. From their web sites, nevertheless, they are going to nonetheless provide a conversion course post-introduction of the SQE.
A spokesperson for ULaw informed us “there are not any entry necessities for the SQE1 prep programme besides that to qualify as a solicitor you will have to carry a level (or equal)”. They confirmed it will likely be providing the GDL in January and September 2021 “as we anticipate nearly all of college students and companies to proceed with the present path to turning into a solicitor”.
Its market rival, BPP, stays equally upbeat in regards to the conversion course’s future — a lot so it not too long ago launched a model new model particularly geared in the direction of non-law grads trying to sit the SQE.
A BPP spokesperson mentioned: “The PGDL ensures that non-law graduates have the identical depth of data of foundational authorized ideas as legislation graduates which is necessary to their success each in assessments and in follow.”
Maybe there’s nonetheless life within the GDL but.