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The University of Law announces new range of courses to prepare students for Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

The University of Law (ULaw) has unveiled its new range of courses to prepare law students for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Students joining ULaw will be able to choose to study through the current system or take the new SQE route to qualify as a solicitor as it will be phased in from September 2021.

The new courses include the Master of Laws Legal Practice (which includes preparation for SQE1 & 2) which will eventually replace the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) which will take over from the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), and the shorter preparation courses for the SQE1 and SQE2.

Prices will range from £12,000 to £16,500 for the fully comprehensive LLM taught at different campuses throughout the UK down to £500 for a short revision course for the SQE1 assessment. ULaw is committed to making access to the profession affordable with a wide range of scholarships and bursaries for eligible students.

ULaw’s expert professional faculty has designed a suite of SQE courses, materials and tools to prepare students for their future careers in law as well as SQE exam success. Whether students are law or non-law graduates, want to study full-time, part-time, on campus or online, study a Masters with SQE1 and SQE2 included or just want a short revision course to help them get ready for the SQE exams, ULaw is offering a choice of courses.

ULaw’s Masters Courses will be the most comprehensive route to a successful career as a solicitor. Non-law graduates are advised to complete the new PGDL or an MA in Law before the LLM. The new courses have been developed to meet the requirements of legal recruiters who have said they want their future trainees to have knowledge and skills beyond the SQE.

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.

ULaw’s renowned Employability Team will help students secure Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) and Pro Bono opportunities, guiding them every step of the way towards a successful career. Students will also benefit from new study manuals covering all content in the SQE assessments and a new intelligent revision app – ULawSQE, which contains thousands of questions, exactly like those in the new SQE1 assessments. The app is designed to give students the best preparation for the SQE assessments, with feedback and focus on the topics they need to improve.

The SQE1 and SQE2 Preparation Courses include a free SQE1 or SQE2 Exam Preparation Course worth £500 and £1,000 respectively. With the Master of Laws Legal Practice, ULaw are also offering a free additional SQE1 and SQE2 Exam Preparation Course if students attend its Preparation and Exam Preparation courses and don’t pass the SQE1 or SQE2 assessments.

Alternatively students selecting the SQE1 Preparation course can benefit from a free exam prep course, and an additional SQE1 Exam Preparation Course if they don’t pass the SQE1 assessments.

Professor Peter Crisp, 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

“Our new SQE courses give students teaching from our outstanding tutors who have extensive experience of practice as well as access to our award winning Employabilty Service along with all our Wellbeing and other student services offered by one of Europe’s largest law schools.

“As the SQE is gradually phased in, students joining us from May will be able to choose whether to stay with the established route or be one of the first to study for the new qualification. It will be an exciting time for students to join us.”

More details and pricing on all ULaw’s new SQE courses can be found here.