SRA defers super exam until 2021 as costs of new assessment revealed

SRA defers super exam until 2021 as costs of new assessment revealed

In a busy week for the legal watchdog, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it is postponing the implementation of its new centralised assessment, dubbed the ‘super-exam’, until September 2021.

The new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) was originally slated for a 2020 launch, but the SRA has postponed plans after law firms and education providers indicated a ‘strong preference’ for a delay. Continue reading “SRA defers super exam until 2021 as costs of new assessment revealed”

Kaplan wins bid to create controversial SRA ‘super exam’ after rivals pull out early

Kaplan wins bid to create controversial SRA ‘super exam’ after rivals pull out early

While education services company Kaplan has emerged as the winner of the race to develop the Solicitor Regulation Authority’s (SRA) controversial new ‘super-exam’, rival providers BPP University and University of Law (ULaw) claim to have pulled themselves out of the running at an early stage.

Kaplan prevailed in a year-long contest between a number of organisations to develop the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). They were appointed for a period of eight years beginning from the introduction of the SQE, which could be as early as September 2020. Continue reading “Kaplan wins bid to create controversial SRA ‘super exam’ after rivals pull out early”

ULaw continues fightback to bring in high-profile former chief of arch rival BPP

ULaw continues fightback to bring in high-profile former chief of arch rival BPP

In about as big a talent move as possible between the UK’s two dominant legal training providers, BPP’s former chief executive Peter Crisp has joined the University of Law (ULaw) as pro vice chancellor.

Crisp, who spent 20 years at BPP University Law School first as a tutor and later chief executive, will assume his new role on 2 January and join ULaw’s executive management team led by vice chancellor and chief executive Andrea Nollent. He joins two existing pro vice chancellors and will focus on business development and client relationships. Continue reading “ULaw continues fightback to bring in high-profile former chief of arch rival BPP”

Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher to train solicitor apprentices as ULaw forges new paths to profession

Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher to train solicitor apprentices as ULaw forges new paths to profession

Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher are to begin training solicitor apprentices with the University of Law (ULaw) as part of a training course designed to create new pathways to becoming a qualified lawyer.

The new course from ULaw, which officially launched on 25 September, will see 28 apprentices this autumn begin the six-year process in a programme aimed at encouraging a wider pool of candidates to enter the profession.

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RPC partners exclusively with University of Law ahead of SQE launch

RPC partners exclusively with University of Law ahead of SQE launch

Future RPC trainees will attend courses exclusively at the University of Law (ULaw) from September 2017, after the insurance firm switched to the training provider to prepare its professional courses in advance of the controversial new Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE).

From this September until 2020, trainees at the firm will be required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), Legal Practice Course (LPC) and an MSc in Law, Business and Management at the university’s Moorgate centre as sole provider, in a partnership RPC training principal Simon Hart described as the firm’s response to the ‘forthcoming radical reforms to legal education’, having previously worked with another group.  Continue reading “RPC partners exclusively with University of Law ahead of SQE launch”

Fieldfisher advises SRA on outsourcing contract for delivering new super-exam

Fieldfisher advises SRA on outsourcing contract for delivering new super-exam

Fieldfisher is advising the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on the contractual agreements for the provider which will eventually assist the SRA in delivering the new Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE), also known as ‘the super-exam.’

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Education: not broke, fat chance of a fix

Education: not broke, fat chance of a fix

Forget the casual observer, even some keen observers are bemused by the current passion for reforming legal education displayed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) with plans to tear up the framework for legal training.

The gist of the proposals is to create a central, two-stage assessment regime to become a solicitor, which will in theory end the need for a legal practice course or training contract, where candidates would demonstrate their skills after two years of relevant work experience.

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‘A bit like Brexit’: SRA super-exam draws strong reaction but is it knee-jerk resistance to change?

‘A bit like Brexit’: SRA super-exam draws strong reaction but is it knee-jerk resistance to change?

Kathryn McCann assesses the regulator’s controversial new route to qualification

In April, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced that its planned Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), also known as ‘the super-exam’, would be in place by 2020 following two formal consultations. This is despite garnering considerable, but not unexpected, criticism from the profession and education providers alike.

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‘Embrace the challenge and make it work’: Educators react as SRA confirms super-exams to start in 2020

‘Embrace the challenge and make it work’: Educators react as SRA confirms super-exams to start in 2020

In spite of considerable hostility from the profession and legal education providers, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced today (25 April) that its planned Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), dubbed ‘the super exam’, is going ahead. Continue reading “‘Embrace the challenge and make it work’: Educators react as SRA confirms super-exams to start in 2020”