Three more overseas legal education providers are to offer prep courses for the new Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE).
Spain’s IE Law School, Paris Dauphine – PSL University of France and Singapore-based Asia Bar Review have all partnered with BARBRI to offer the course to international students.
US-founded BARBRI arrived in the UK some years ago with a view to taking advantage of the shake-up in legal education. It has proved one of the most significant new players on the scene, striking several partnerships to deliver SQE prep courses, including with King’s College and Manchester University. At the end of March it was acquired by global investment firm Francisco Partners for an undisclosed sum from Leeds Equity Partners.
Soledad Atienza, dean of the IE Law School said: “By collaborating with BARBRI to deliver the SQE Prep courses, we take a step further in our commitment in offering innovative global legal education and open up new opportunities for students looking to cross-qualify and ensure the highest confidence ahead of sitting the SQE examination. We have complete trust in BARBRI and the work it has done to develop its SQE Prep course. We’re certain that our students and alumni will enjoy this exciting and engaging programme, which will place them on a promising pathway to success.”
Professor Duncan Fairgrieve of Paris Dauphine – PSL University added: “We are pleased to announce the continued evolution of our collaboration with BARBRI to deliver preparatory courses for the highly anticipated SQE. We pride ourselves on creating a unique offering for our ambitious students and alumni. As such, we are proud to work alongside highly-acclaimed professional institutions such as BARBRI to make this a reality.”
Other overseas institutions to enter the UK legal education market, long dominated by the duo of BPP and the University of Law, include Australia’s College of Legal Practice, which unveiled its own SQE prep courses in February.