updated on 07 December 2020
Nottingham Law School (NLS) has launched a range of Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) preparation courses to prepare students for the SQE. The SQE will be phased in from September 2021 and will eventually replace the current route into the solicitors’ profession, the Legal Practice Course.
NLS – one of the UK’s biggest law schools – has designed a range of flexible courses, which involve face-to-face and online learning, access to a dynamic and interactive learning resource, and personalised feedback and tailored materials. The new courses have been created in partnership with legal practitioners and the flexible nature will enable law and non-law graduates to select a route that suits their experience and individual circumstances.
Students will have the option to combine their SQE studies with an internationally recognised master’s qualification via SQE LLM preparation courses – these are eligible for the postgraduate student loan. Alternatively, students can choose to focus on SQE1 and SQE2 preparation courses, with the ability to complete each assessment at a time that is convenient to them.
With the courses available on a full-time or distance learning basis, students can also earn while they learn.
Work experience opportunities at the multi award-winning Legal Advice Centre at NLS will also be available, enabling students to gain valuable experience within a teaching law firm regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The experience includes advising clients on a variety of practice areas while being supervised by practising solicitors.
Jenny Chapman, executive dean of NLS, said: “We are excited about the launch of our innovative and flexible SQE preparation courses. Nottingham Law School’s ethos is about supporting our students to gain the knowledge, confidence and resilience they need to shape extraordinary careers. Our SQE courses are more than just about passing the exams. Our focus is to provide an outstanding student experience and to help our students to develop skills that matter to employers and that help them to succeed in a professional environment.”
In response to changes to legal education, the school has embedded SQE1 preparation into its LLB law degree for students who selected specified modules in their final year. The apprenticeship route to qualification as a solicitor is also available post A level or at the graduate level entry point.
For more information and support on the options available visit the Nottingham Law School website, attend an open day or organise an appointment with a member of the expert professional courses teaching team.