The Institute of Law Jersey has announced an official partnership with international legal training provider, BARBRI, ahead of the new Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE) launching from September 2021.
The partnership means the Institute of Law Jersey will recognise BARBRI as their exclusive SQE Prep course provider. The first cohort begins studying from January 2021, ensuring students are fully prepared for the new examination replacing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC).
The first round of the SQE will commence from November 2021, running twice per year thereafter. BARBRI’s online Extended U.S. Bar Prep course will also be available to students and alumni of the Institute of Law Jersey as part of the new partnership.
Chris Jorgenson, Director of Institutional Partnerships for BARBRI commented: “We are delighted to be working with the Institute of Law Jersey to deliver our prep courses for both the new SQE and Extended U.S. Bar. It is important for us that aspiring lawyers all around the world have access to the right tools in order to successfully prepare for their exams, and our partnership means we can continue offering expert knowledge and advice recognisable on a global scale. BARBRI is pleased to be able to offer training and support to help students at the Institute prepare for the SQE”.
The Institute of Law Jersey joins BARBRI partners Kings College London and the University of Manchester in offering students BARBRI SQE Prep and the Extended U.S. Bar Prep course through long-term, trusted partnerships.
Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, Chief Executive of the Institute of Law Jersey, said: “By partnering with BARBRI, we are able to prepare our students with world class technology and pedagogy for the new examinations that will come into effect from 2021. The course will give invaluable insight into what is expected from the SQE and how it differentiates from previous examinations. BARBRI’s prep courses will equip students with the right tools and a personalised curriculum to pass their exams and progress with their careers. This is an exciting time to roll out a new offering, and we look forward to beginning the course in partnership with BARBRI from January 2021″.
Unlike the GDL and LPC examinations, the SQE is more flexible overall. Students are now able to prepare for the exam and spread their exam fees over longer periods of time whilst also having the option to earn whilst learning – with plenty of opportunity for qualifying work experience, allowing for a more flexible entry into the profession. The SQE will be split into two sections, SQE1 and SQE2, testing students through mixed subject questions and multiple-choice formats.
Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker continued: “We are also pleased to announce that students, alumni and friends of the Institute of Law are eligible for a discount on the BARBRI fees”.
Registration for the SQE1 section of the prep course is now open.