The University of Law (SQE)

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The University of Law (ULaw) is one of the UK’s largest law schools with ten campuses globally. It has strong ties with commercial law firms, including partnerships with Ashurst, CMS and DLA Piper, offering professional training to their incoming trainees.

ULaw is offering a range of Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) preparation courses that cost between £500 to £16,500. The pricier options aim to go above and beyond the exam criteria to prepare students for legal practice, the university says.

SQE1 and 2 prep courses are available on-campus and online, and can be studied full-time or part-time with day, evening or weekend study options available. A short refresher programme for each exam is also available.

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.

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 and £1,000 for SQE2.

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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. ULaw has said this course will eventually replace the Legal Practice Course (LPC). 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.

ULaw plans to offer a “wide range” of scholarships and bursaries for eligible students, as well as a series of introductory offers for those commencing their studies this summer.

As part of ULaw’s SQE offering, students will have access to study manuals and a revision app, ULawSQE, which contains practice questions for SQE1. The app also offers students feedback and suggests ways they can improve their score.

ULaw is launching a virtual law firm, ULaw LLP, where its SQE students can apply their skills in replicated trainee tasks with tutors acting as their supervisors. Its employability team, headed by John Watkins, is also on hand to help students secure Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) and pro bono opportunities. Further, ULaw plans to embed the concept of The O Shaped Lawyer (one that’s open, opportunistic, optimistic, original and takes ownership) into its SQE provision.

Fees

SQE1 £5,500
SQE2 £5,500

The above figures are for ULaw’s London campuses. Full-time SQE1 and 2 fees range from £4,000 to £5,500 each, depending on which campus a student chooses to study. The online SQE prep courses are cheaper at £3,500 for SQE1 and £4,000 for SQE2.

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