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The New York Bar course has emerged as the latest programme for legal education providers to squabble over, with Kaplan Law School launching its own version of the American qualification.
Hot on the heels of College of Law’s (CoL) announcement that it would be offering the New York Bar qualification to non-law graduates last week, Kaplan has confirmed that it too will be offering an on-line version of the programme.
Kaplan course director Chris Sweetman said: “This is about giving choice to students as well as lawyers who want to qualify to practise as an attorney in New York. We want the programme to be as flexible as possible for them.”
The course is being run by the school’s sister groups Kaplan Altior in association with Kaplan PMBR, which has been running the programme in the US for the over 30 years.
The new version of the programme has been designed for students who have a UK law degree and those who have already qualified as a solicitor or barrister.
The course is aimed at preparing candidates for the bar exams, which are traditionally held in New York in February and July each year.
Students will be able to access a range of study materials online, including pre-recorded lectures and practice tests for just over 22-weeks before each exam.
The news comes after CoL announced that it would also be offering a 22-week New York Bar programme to its full-time Graduate Diploma of Law students who go on to complete its Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course.
Those who successfully complete the extended course will be awarded a US-style CoL Juris Doctor (JD) professional degree in law.
In a related move CoL has also announced a partnership with Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.
Northwestern is assisting CoL in designing and ultimately delivering the additional electives that are required to enable students to sit the New York Bar Exam.
CoL has not yet set the price for the new programme.
Meanwhile BPP Law School has been running its own New York bar programme for the past three years.
The course, which costs around £3,095, is principally aimed at qualified lawyers who want a certificate to practice in the US but is also open to law students fresh out of university.
Students opting to study at BPP can do so in its Leeds, London or Manchester branches and can choose between a two-month full time programme or six-month part time course.