Solicitors Qualifying Exam - SQE
The SQE is a new system of exams that all solicitors must pass at the point of qualifying. It will replace the GDL and LPC in September 2021, subject to final approval by the Legal Services Board in late 2020 according to the SRA. There are four requirements to qualify as a solicitor once SQE comes into effect in 2021. Firstly, you must possess a university degree or equivalent in any subject (law or non-law). Secondly, you must pass the SRA’s character and suitability assessment. Thirdly, you must pass SQE stages one and two (more details on each stage will be provided soon), and lastly, you must have at least two years’ qualifying legal experience (QLE), also classified as “qualifying work experience” (QWE). The SQE has been divided into two parts – SQE 1 and SQE 2. In SQE 1 you will be tested on ‘functioning legal knowledge’ which tests your application of law based on realistic client-based scenarios in multiple choice questions. The assessments will cover subjects you will have studied on a law degree or a conversion course, as well as the vocational practice areas in stage 1 of the LPC. There will be two lengthy multiple choice papers of 180 questions each, covering all aspects of the SQE 1 syllabus. You must pass SQE 1 before being eligible to sit the SQE 2 assessments. SQE 1 is designed to test the candidates legal knowledge in relation to the following key areas of law: Business Law, Dispute Resolution, Contract Law, Tort Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, European Union Law, Property Law, Wills and the Administration of Estates, Solicitors Accounts, Land Law, Equity and Trusts Law and Criminal Law. In SQE 2 you will be tested on the practical legal skills required for practice, including: Interviewing (with written attendance note/legal analysis) Advocacy Legal research Legal drafting Legal writing Case and matter analysisSQE 1 and SQE 2 will be assessed by centralised assessments introduced by the SRA, which will be an essential requirement to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. Our expert SQE law tutors will tailor your tutoring prep sessions by carefully carving out a bespoke programme of study in accordance with your precise circumstances. We do this by assessing your educational and professional background and ascertain how we can turn your weaknesses into your strengths before you sit the SQE exams.