The College of Legal Practice (SQE)

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.

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CoLP’s SQE prep courses are priced at the cheaper end of the market: £1,800 for SQE1 and £2,300 for SQE2. Students can take the ‘Legal Skills Modules’ for an additional £800 per course. The full LLM in Legal Practice, which incorporates SQE prep, is £6,900.

As part of its SQE offering, CoLP says students will have access to a personal tutor and one-to-one supervision from practising solicitors. The courses include live and on-demand lectures, textbooks, practice questions and group workshops, and students receive individual feedback as they progress throughout their course.

SQE prep courses with CoLP can be taken full-time over 12 weeks or part-time over 20 weeks and will begin this summer, with the LLM available in the autumn subject to validation. The skills modules can only be taken part-time over 24 weeks and will commence in the autumn.

As well as preparing individuals to pass the SQE, CoLP is pitching its training model to elite City outfits. It was announced in the autumn that CoLP had partnered with Reed Smith to deliver practice-based training to the firm’s incoming trainees. Similar tie-ups are expected in the coming months.

Fees

SQE1 £1,800
SQE2 £2,300

Students can take the Legal Skills Modules for an additional £800 per course. The full LLM in Legal Practice, which incorporates SQE prep, is £6,900.

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