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Obtaining one's Higher Rights of Audience is a major boost to the credibility, professionalism and service that solicitors can offer to their clients.
The City Law School, formerly the Inns of Court School of Law, are world-renowned experts in the preparation of Advocates and have devised a thorough and cost-effective course and assessment which enables practitioners to qualify as Solicitor Advocates and to represent their clients in the higher courts. We offer both Civil and Criminal courses and assessments, and our courses are fully authorised by the Solicitor's Regulatory Authority (SRA) under the Higher Rights of Audience Regulations 2011.
If following the criminal route towards qualification then you may find more information on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates useful on the SRA website.
For further information, you can also contact the SRA on QASA@sra.org.uk.
There is no compulsory requirement to undertake any training for the assessments, and you may proceed straight to taking them if you wish.
However, you are strongly advised not to attempt the assessments without undertaking some training by way of preparation.
Training can only improve your chance of passing the assessments and offers the following advantages:
City Law School offers the following by way of preparation:
Our assessment is designed to ensure that potential Solicitor Advocates are properly equipped to perform at the level required when appearing in the higher courts, and successful candidates will know that they have achieved a high standard of advocacy skills. They will be well prepared to appear in court, and will feel confident to do so. The assessment itself comprises three elements: