ULaw reveals SQE prep course fees

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Prices range from £500 for a short SQE1 revision course to £16,500 for most comprehensive LLM

The University of Law (ULaw) has become the latest legal education provider to go public with its Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) fees.

The university is offering on-campus and online SQE1 and 2 prep courses, as well as short refresher programmes for each exam.

Full-time SQE1 and 2 fees range from £4,000 to £5,500 each, depending on which campus a student chooses to study, with courses at the university’s regional centres priced lower than those in London. Taken together, the total SQE prep cost will be anywhere between £8,000 and £11,000. This sum does not include exam fees which are set by the regulator at £3,980.

The online SQE prep courses are cheaper at £3,500 for SQE1 and £4,000 for SQE2, while the short revision programmes are priced at £500 for SQE1.

ULaw is also offering a range of masters programmes that incorporate SQE prep, and are eligible for postgraduate funding. Its most comprehensive LLM in Legal Practice covers SQE1 and 2 prep and costs between £12,000 and £16,500 depending on campus and mode of study. Its MA Law course is geared towards non-law graduates and includes SQE1 prep. It costs between £12,250 and £15,000.

In addition to the above, ULaw has created a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) conversion course, again for non-law grads, priced between £9,850 to £12,250.

It confirmed a “wide range” of scholarships and bursaries will be available for eligible students, as well as a series of introductory offers for those commencing their studies this summer.

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Professor Peter Crisp, pro vice chancellor (external) at ULaw, 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.”

A number of law schools have gone public with their SQE fees. BARBRI is offering a £6,000 SQE prep course, with SQE1 and SQE2 each costing £2,999, while QLTS School has launched three online-only course packages, with the lowest priced option costing £1,490 for SQE1 and £1,590 for SQE2. The Law Training Centre revealed last month its SQE1 fees will cost £2,890, with SQE2 fees soon to be announced. Nottingham Law School and the College of Legal Practice have revealed early details of their SQE offerings but are still to confirm fees, as are rival law schools, BPP University and City.

The SQE received final sign-off from the Legal Services Board in October. The first SQE1 sit is scheduled for November 2021, with SQE2 in April 2022.

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Chaotic Neutral

SQE1 prep 101: “If the question is long sentence, with commas and clauses, and you find yourself panicking, then this might be a sign that entering a profession where the ability to understand complex English and lengthy sentences might be an important skill set is not the best career choice.”



Complex sentence in and of itself



Presumably that was an intended part of the point of the post.



This whole SQE stuff is a mess.

There’s a difference between making the legal profession more ‘accessible’ and then simply letting any candidate, even one who is not good enough become a lawyer.

I don’t see any other jurisdiction doing a “free for all” legal career handout like it’s a yard sale.



It does help mothers tell their competitive sisters that their son is a solicitor in full on Famalam style when in a shade off.



The level of competence of some high street solicitors is already really concerning. I sometimes get instructed to advise on claims that any textbook can tell you are inarguable… After the client has already spent thousands of pounds on pursuing them, with the encouragement of their solicitor.

I don’t think the SQE will help.



I don’t take anyone who does the SQE seriously and I doubt law firms will either.



Thank you, Tom. Can I have my coffee now? No sugar, please!


Cracked Actor

So the total cost of preparing for and sitting the SQE with UoL will exceed £20,000, significantly more than the LPC fees. UoL seem to be betting on the fact that students will want to do a course which will be more than a test crammer and prepare for practice by studying subject areas beyond the SQE FLK. Even so, the price is eye-watering.

In the end, my guess is that the market will be swayed by a) the respective providers’ pass rates; and b) what firms and employers decide to do. Will they recruit heavily from SQE test prep courses or will they insist that their future trainees have a broader knowledge base gained on a course like that run by UoL? Or opt for another model, perhaps akin to apprenticeship? I just fear that in the end the SRA’s dream of more affordable routes to becoming a solicitor will end up being just that.



I think it is good that the SQL will make things more accessible, but more needs to be done to ensure that it can be a success.


Just Askin'

Like what specifically? The greatest need would seem to be to address socioeconomic barriers to access and progression.



Jarrod shows where the SJWs are going with this. Dumb down the course and then push post-qualification discrimination to engineer figures to suit the Agenda. T



More to weed out people who are not up to it is needed.


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