University of Law is making a major dent in the training market for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination after striking new deals with several more universities and international firm White & Case.
ULaw announced today that it will provide guaranteed SQE course places through partnerships with the London School of Economics, University of Nottingham, Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Bedfordshire, University of Hull and Teesside University.
The SQE, which came into force last September, will eventually replace the Legal Practice Course. In today’s announcement, ULaw, which already has partnerships with nearly a dozen of other universities, said it will provide guaranteed places for students on the LPC options.
Peter Crisp, University of Law’s pro vice chancellor external, said: ‘We are delighted to be entering into further new partnerships following the success of current partnerships. We look forward to guiding future generations of lawyers through the forthcoming changes to qualifying as a solicitor and supporting them to achieve their ambitions.’
Meanwhile international firm White & Case announced that it has appointed University of Law to provide bespoke SQE courses for future trainees. White & Case partner Inigo Esteve, who leads the firm’s trainee solicitor programme, said: ‘ULaw’s expertise and innovative approach to learning will ensure that our trainees develop both legal and professional skills that ensure White & Case continues to deliver outstanding service to clients in an ever-changing and more complex environment for legal services.’
The firm will continue to work with BPP as its training provider for the postgraduate diploma in law and legal practice course until the SQE is implemented with ULaw.