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Nottingham Law School unveils flexible range of SQE courses

Nottingham Law School (NLS) has launched a range of courses to prepare students for the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), a common assessment that will be phased in from September 2021 and which will ultimately replace the Legal Practice Course as the route to practice for aspiring solicitors.

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The courses offer a flexible route to qualifying as a solicitor

With a reputation for excellence in legal education that goes back almost 60 years, NLS has designed flexible and personalised courses which include both face-to-face and online learning.

NLS is one of the biggest law schools in the UK and, as part of Nottingham Trent University, holds TEF Gold status for its teaching and learning. Students are taught by an outstanding team of experienced legal professionals, who are at the forefront of legal training and research.

The innovative new suite of SQE courses, developed in partnership with legal practitioners, allows Law and non-Law graduates to pick a route that fits their experience and personal circumstances while preparing them for a successful career in professional legal practice as a solicitor.

Students can choose to combine their SQE studies with an internationally recognised Master’s qualification through SQE LLM preparation courses which are eligible for a postgraduate loan; or they can focus solely on the SQE 1 and SQE 2 preparation courses and complete each assessment at a convenient time for them.

All routes are available on a full-time or distance learning basis, giving students the opportunity to earn while they learn.

The courses also include access to a dynamic and interactive learning resource comprising an extensive selection of SQE style multiple choice questions with personalised feedback and tailored materials. This resource, combined with the School’s award-winning engagement platform, the Student Dashboard, continues to build NLS’ sector leading reputation for the innovative use of student-centred technology to enhance learning and the student experience.

Students will also have the opportunity to undertake work experience at the multi award-winning NLS Legal (formerly Legal Advice Centre). The Centre provides students with the chance to gain work experience within an SRA regulated teaching law firm, advising clients on a wide range of practice areas under the supervision of practising solicitors.

Executive Dean of NLS, Jenny Chapman, said: “We are excited about the launch of our innovative and flexible SQE preparation courses. Nottingham Law School’s ethos is about supporting our students to gain the knowledge, confidence and resilience they need to shape extraordinary careers. Our SQE courses are more than just about passing the exams. Our focus is to provide an outstanding student experience and to help our students to develop skills that matter to employers and that help them to succeed in a professional environment.”

NLS has already innovated its existing courses in response to changes to legal education, with SQE 1 preparation embedded in its LLB Law degree for students who choose specified modules in their final year. It also offers the apprenticeship route to qualification as a solicitor either post A-Level, or at the graduate level entry point.

For advice and guidance on the routes available, visit the NLS website, attend an open day, or email to arrange an appointment with a member of the expert professional courses teaching team.

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students.

    NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience.

    The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

    The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was awarded University of the Year in the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019.

    A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 87% satisfaction score in the 2020 National Student Survey, above the sector average of 83%.

Published on 2 December 2020
  • Category: Press office; Nottingham Law School