The University of Law (ULaw) has unveiled a range of courses to prepare students for Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), costing from £500 to £16,500 – the latter being little different from the legal practice course (LPC).
The SQE goes live this autumn but so far only three providers have revealed prices for the SQE preparation courses on top of the £3,980 fees to take the exams levied by the SRA.
Barbri and online provider QLTS School are to charge £6,000 and up to £4,900 respectively for the two SQE preparation courses, while Law Training Centre is advertising its course for SQE1 at £2,890. It has not yet gone public with the SQE2 course.
ULaw has nine different courses, available on campus or online, with the SQE preparation courses costing between £8,000 to £11,000 combined, depending on where they are studied.
The most comprehensive course on offer is an LLM in legal practice, which it said would eventually replace the LPC – although this will not be a requirement for would-be students to take.
The course incorporates preparation for both SQE1 and SQE2, “as well as additional content considered highly desirable by law firms, including key practice areas and enhanced skills”.
It will cost £16,500 to study in London, £13,000 in Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford or Reading, and £12,000 at the Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester or Nottingham branches. ULaw’s LPC only costs around £1,000 more.
There is also an MA Law (SQE1), a conversion course that includes the SQE1 preparation course that will cost £15,000 in London, and either £12,650 or £12,250 depending on which regional branch students attend, along with a £1,500 cheaper MA that does not have the SQE element.
A postgraduate diploma in law for non-law graduates, again without SQE preparation, will replace the general diploma in law at the same price (£12,250 in London, £9,850 elsewhere),
There are also shorter preparation courses, including £500 for a short revision course for the SQE1 assessment.
ULaw said it offered a “wide range” of scholarships and bursaries for eligible students, while students will join ULaw LLP, the university’s virtual law firm.
“ULaw LLP replicates the working environment of a law firm and students perform real-world tasks on simulated cases, deals and transactions, as if they were in the office.”
Professor Peter Crisp, ULaw’s Pro Vice Chancellor (External), said: “Our new programmes will enable students to pass the SQE with confidence as well as making them office-ready for practice in a law firm by empowering them with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for a successful career in law.”