What we know so far
The College of Legal Practice (CoLP) launched in the UK towards the end of 2019 as an offshoot of Antipodean law school The College of Law Australia and New Zealand. The new entrant training provider aims to ‘challenge’ traditional law schools for a slice of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) market.
At the time of the launch, it was revealed the venture had attracted a number of big names, including Richard Clark, ex-managing partner at Slaughter and May, and Isabel Parker, former chief legal innovation officer at Freshfields, both of whom sit on the College’s board. Dr Giles Proctor, former dean of Kaplan Law School and Roehampton Law School, is the College’s chief executive officer.
It was also reported at the time that CoLP would partner with BARBRI to deliver a joined-up service; but the two providers parted ways, with each announcing their own SQE prep courses.
CoLP says its SQE prep course is designed for online delivery rather than being “retro-fitted” from traditional classroom learning. It comprises three core areas which can be undertaken in isolation or grouped together as part of a masters in legal practice. These are ‘Solicitors Legal Knowledge’ and ‘Solicitors Legal Skills’, which prepare candidates for SQE1 and 2 respectively, as well as ‘Legal Skills Modules’, which “focus on developing legal practitioner transactional understanding and skills” and cover topics from banking & finance to dispute resolution.