The College of Legal Practice is delighted to confirm that their Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) preparation modules will form part of an LLM in Professional Legal Practice at St Mary’s University, Twickenham from September 2024. Whilst developing the programme, an exclusive promotional partnership has been confirmed, giving access for the University’s alumni to take the College’s SQE preparation courses directly.
As universities in the UK start to consider the future of their Legal Practice Courses, Master’s Programmes are being developed to offer students a career-focused alternative that takes them through the SQE assessments.
The College of Legal Practice, with Degree Awarding Powers, SQE expertise and focus on student experience was selected as St Mary’s University’s partner of choice.
Professor Sara Spear, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, said:
“This partnership enables us to combine teaching the essential theoretical underpinnings of the law with the practical skills needed to pass the SQE, in a course that will give students the best start for a career in legal practice.”
Professor Elizabeth Smart, Head of the School of Law and Society, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity to widen the legal professional practice options for our students ensuring they are best placed to succeed in the world of work.”
Dr Giles Proctor, CEO of The College of Legal Practice, said:
“We are delighted to have been chosen by St Mary’s University to prepare and support their students to take the SQE assessments. These exams are high-stakes and preparation is intensive, students need a significant level of support to ensure that they can succeed, and my experienced team can provide that for them. We look forward to working closely with the team at St Mary’s to support their students’ career progression through this SQE Masters programme.”
Background on St Mary’s University
St Mary’s University (SMU) has recently been rated the gold standard for student experience in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). SMU achieved an overall rating of Silver, which lasts for four years, with student outcomes rated typically very high quality.
SMU has also seen great success in other recent independent rankings. The University was ranked 45th in the 2024 edition of the prestigious Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, which also rated the University fifth for Teaching Quality and seventh for Student Experience. Since 2021 SMU has seen a rise of 41 places in the Good University Guide, 25 places in the Complete University Guide and 30 places in the Guardian University Guide.
The College of Legal Practice
We are a fully accredited postgraduate legal education provider based in the UK and specialising in the SQE. We are part of The College of Law, a global not for-profit group with over 50 years of legal training expertise. The College is passionate about increasing access to the profession, through offering inclusive, flexible and affordable SQE programmes with exceptional individual support.
The College is becoming the leading provider of SQE preparation modules to the University sector, with partnerships already confirmed with Solent Law School, Middlesex University, and Manchester Met University.
SQE Preparation Courses
The College’s SQE preparation courses are intensive, high-quality courses that guide learners through SQE1 and SQE2and equip students with the legal skills they need to begin work as a legal professional.
Through live individual supervision, supported by group work and a ground-breaking learning portal, our flexible courses ensure that every student can develop and perform to the best of their abilities in the SQE. The courses are offered at competitive prices, with the SQE1 preparation course priced at £1,800.