The City Law School runs the Higher Rights Assessment accredited by and on behalf of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.
The criminal higher rights assessment involves written elements which test the candidate’s knowledge of Evidence, Procedure and Ethics. That knowledge is anticipated to be the subject of self-study and a drip-feed culmination of experience amassed in a litigation practice.
The assessment also has a drafting element and again it is presumed that this is a pre-existing skill for lawyers in practice. The advocacy elements include an interim submission and a fully executed trial.
The latter involves the candidate making an opening speech, cross-examination and a closing speech as well as interacting in any way appropriate within the trial process, be it engaging with the lay client to making ad hoc legal applications to react to developments within the trial.
The criminal training course in preparation of the assessment readies candidates by providing a refresher in the skills of witness handling, speeches and submissions. Comprehensive feedback is then provided to candidates undertaking advocacy performances on practice briefs.
Who is it for?
The Higher Rights Qualification, and therefore the training in preparation of it, is envisaged to be most suitable for fully qualified members of the solicitors’ profession who have existing advocacy experience in the lower courts and are seeking to make the progression into Higher Court advocacy.
- Boost your chances of passing the Higher Rights Qualification and develop your knowledge and confidence in advocacy, ethics and edience
- Once you've passed the assessment you can appear as an advocate in Superior Courts, you will be able to offer your clients a full service including all aspects of litigation work
- You will increase the likelihood of greater fee earning potential and an enhanced status and reputation.