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Here at The College of Legal Practice we are pleased to be able to welcome students from all across the world. We have already welcomed students based in many different countries, including Nigeria, Singapore and Dubai.
Our learning is fully virtual and our flexible learning design means that students can make choices about when they study our courses, often around their working life as a legal professional.
On this page we have tried to address the common enquiries that we receive from international students to help you with your decision to study with the College.
Do I need to attend any learning in person?
No, there are no requirements for you to be on campus or attend any learning in person.
We conduct weekly live, virtual Town Hall and Unit Surgeries during the course and while the timings of these are subject to change, they usually take place during early afternoon in the UK, however all sessions are recorded so you can watch them back at a more convenient time (and you can pose questions in advance of the sessions).
If you are studying for the SQE assessments. The SQE2 Oral assessment requires at present travel to England & Wales.
Do I have a timetable when I study with the College?
Each programme varies in terms of the weekly time commitment for learning.
The vast majority of the learning is independent or on-demand learning, where you can study it whenever you wish as long as you keep to the overall timetable for the course.
For the majority of our courses, we conduct live, virtual group sessions, such as town halls and surgeries during the course and while the timings of these are subject to change, they usually take place during early afternoon in the UK, however all sessions are recorded so you can watch them back at a more convenient time (and you can pose questions in advance of the sessions).
You will also have individual supervisions and the time for those can be decided between you and the supervisor on a set day every week or fortnight.
How many hours do I have to study each week?
For our full-time courses and programmes, we’d expect you will study similar hours to a typical working week.
For our part-time courses, the hours do vary, but for our DLP Programme modules (including SQE prep) we’d expect you will typically study for around 15 hours per week.
These hours can vary from week to week and will also depend on how and when you learn, so will be different from student to student.
It is also important to note that the first few weeks of your studies are likely to be the most intensive, and so most time consuming, as you become familiar with the topics/systems.
If you are working full-time, we recommend that you choose to study a part-time course.
What are the operating hours of the College?
The supervisors for your courses are available beyond 9am-5pm, and they will be able to answer some of your questions and emails outside working hours. They aim to answer student emails and discussion notes very promptly.
The Student Services team are available Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm to support you with any queries, you can contact them on 020 3884 4112 and you can also schedule a call with them via this link.
Do I need a visa to study?
As our programmes are all virtual and students are remote, there are no requirements for you to be on campus or attend any learning in person. Therefore we do not provide sponsorship for student visas.
However, if you are an interested in studying from the UK, you would need the relevant student visa for which more detail can be found here.
Do I need to take an English test to study with the College?
If English is not your first language, all of our courses and programmes do require a minimum standard of English.
Our admissions requirements are that you have IELTS at level 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in each component (or equivalent). We can consider exemptions for those who have obtained a qualification which is equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in English within the last two years, or anyone with significant work experience in an English-speaking country/company.
Are there any additional costs for international students?
The course fees are the same for all students regardless of location, however students based abroad may have to pay a separate fee to cover the postage of any hard copy course materials.
The SQE & QWE
Many of the questions that we receive are regarding the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). For the basic information about the SQE please visit our ‘What is SQE? page which also includes specific details for international students.
There is no geographical limit on where the QWE is gained.
Any experience in legal services that helps develop the competencies found under the Statement of Solicitor Competence is potentially acceptable, wherever carried out.
Two different scenarios for sign off of QWE
Where there is a solicitor or compliance officer regulated in England and Wales, in the firm or entity where the experience is being obtained. The requirement of ‘supervision’ is essentially one of sign off. This does not mean that the individual signing off the work has day to day supervision of the work, rather that the person signing off QWE has evidence (whether by seeing a portfolio or being assured by firm and organisational processes that others have been supervising) in order to make an accurate declaration that the QWE has been carried out.
Where sign off of QWE is by a solicitor or compliance officer regulated in England and Wales, who is outside the firm or entity where the experience is being obtained.
In this case (this could for example be sign off by someone working for a partner firm or organisation), the person signing off QWE must have direct knowledge of the work of the individual carrying out QWE (so, e.g. direct conversations or contact with the supervisor or with the individual carrying out the QWE.)
In each scenario the solicitor or compliance officer signing off QWE does not have to hold a practising certificate.
What is the solicitor signing off QWE doing?
They are confirming that:
- the length of work experience was carried out
- that it provided the opportunity to develop some or all of the prescribed competences for solicitor
- that no issues arose during the work experience that raise questions over the candidate's character and suitability to be admitted as a solicitor