Global legal education provider BARBRI furthers commitment to SQE preparation with acquisition of Altior Consulting & Training from Kaplan

LONDON – Global legal education provider BARBRI is committed to delivering exceptional preparation for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), and in anticipation of the SQE’s inaugural administration in 2021, has acquired the entire assets of Kaplan Altior, a leading provider of the Professional Skills Course (PSC) for trainee solicitors.

With the completion of the transaction, BARBRI Altior will offer training courses, including the PSC, much of which will be integrated into the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

All Altior employees will transition to BARBRI, which will continue to operate the PSC courses with the same venues and tutors. This acquisition is a key step for BARBRI’s UK strategy as the company continues to build and enhance its portfolio of courses for lawyers and professionals at all stages of their careers, and substantially increases the size and capabilities of its UK-based team.

Altior brings decades of experience and expertise in legal and professional training, with more than 65 long-serving, experienced trainers and assessors offering circa 50 courses. The company has over 750 law firm clients, including over 25% of the Top 100 UK law firms.

The new offerings complement and build on the success of QLTS Prep by BARBRI, the company’s comprehensive training for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme, as well as its industry-leading BARBRI International Bar Review programme designed specifically to help non-U.S. law graduates pass the New York or California bar exam.

“This is an exciting development for BARBRI as we build our expertise in the SQE preparation course market,” said Sarah Hutchinson, managing director for BARBRI International. “Not only does it expand our team with an exceptional client service team, it also significantly enhances our base of experienced and well-respected tutors for specialist trainee and solicitor skills training.

“We are committed to maintaining the high standards Altior has set for its law firm and lawyer clients, including not only the trainees completing the PSC, but also those professionals accessing its extensive range of CPD courses.”

Peter Houillon, CEO of Kaplan Professional UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted that our Kaplan Altior business will be joining BARBRI which has a strong reputation for high quality training in the legal sector.”


About The BARBRI Group

The BARBRI Group is a global learning company dedicated to meeting the legal education and specialised training needs of law students, lawyers and other professionals throughout their careers. BARBRI’s success is built upon its unmatched technology and innovative pedagogy, combined with the ability to harness data analytics, behavioural economics, learning science, and more to develop programmes for learners and institutions. Building on the success of its core bar courses, which have helped more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world pass a U.S. bar exam, BARBRI offers a comprehensive suite of learning solutions for higher education institutions and law- and finance-related businesses. These include U.S. bar prep, curriculum, assessment, global qualifications preparation, online programme management, and professional development. The BARBRI Group, founded in 1967, is a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices in London, the United States and around the world.


About Kaplan Altior

For 40 years, Kaplan Altior and its carefully selected panel of expert trainers and assessors have been delivering high quality, classroom-based, online and in-house skills training and assessments to its new and long-standing clients and delegates in the legal and professional services sectors across the UK.  Kaplan Altior’s innovative, flexible, cost-effective and broad training portfolio includes regulated courses and assessments such as the SRA’s Professional Skills Course (PSC), Trainee Litigation Programme (TLP) and Higher Rights of Audience, as well as accredited courses for other regulatory bodies such as CILEx and ACCA. In addition, Kaplan Altior provides a range of non-regulated courses including management, compliance and bespoke in-house courses which are designed to meet the continued professional competency requirements of lawyers in England and Wales.

NYSBA Membership: BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep & QLTS Prep Alums

BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep and BARBRI QLTS Prep students and alumni enjoy a free 2-year membership to the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)the International section and one additional section of your choice.


For more than 140 years, NYSBA has been the voice of the legal profession in New York state. Our mission is to shape the development of law, educate and inform the public and respond to the demands of our diverse and ever-changing legal profession. NYSBA advocates for state and federal legislation and works tirelessly to promote equal access to justice for all. The tens of thousands of NYSBA members from around the world offer unprecedented networking and other opportunities, along with periodic meetings in many jurisdictions.

NYSBA is organized into sections, each of which covers a substantive practice area. The free 2-year NYSBA Membership offered to BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep and QLTS Prep alumni and students includes membership in the international section and one additional section of your choice.

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NYSBA International

NYSBA International is comprised of about 2,000 members, approximately half of which are located outside the United States, with approximately 65 chapters outside of the U.S. generally organized by country. NYSBA International substantive committees cover topics such as transportation law, trusts and estates, and cross-border litigation. Chapters have regular meetings and events such as receptions and seminars.

NYSBA International is involved in a wide range of substantive activities, including commenting on pending legislation, representing NYSBA at the United Nations (where we have observer status and are delegates to the U.N. Committee on International Trade Law), and promoting the use of New York law in international matters. The International Section also has two publications, the New York International Law Review, and the International Law Practicum.

Each fall, NYSBA International holds a Seasonal Meeting outside the United States rotating between Europe, the Americas and Asia. The International Section also holds a Regional Meeting many years, typically in Europe. Smaller in scope than a Seasonal Meeting, the regional meeting are usually about two days and are intended to engage and invigorate our chapters in the regions and to identify possible Seasonal Meeting locations. As a NYSBA International Member, you may register for these meetings or any other activities at the Member Rate.

If you are currently a BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep or a BARBRI QLTS Prep student or alumni and wish to learn more about your NYSBA membership, please reach out to