About the SQE
The SQE is the new route to qualification for aspiring solicitors introduced in September 2021 as one of the final stages towards qualification as a solicitor.
The SQE consists of two parts:
SQE1: Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK)
Two assessments with a total of 360 single best answer multiple-choice questions.
SQE2: Practical Legal Skills
16 written and oral assessments.
Assessing six practical legal skills over 14 hours in total.
Qualifying Work Experience
In addition to the above, any candidate will have to undertake two years’ Qualifying Work Experience.
More information on the SQE assessments can be found on the SRA website: sra.org.uk/students/sqe
At present the Revise SQE series is focused on helping you prepare for SQE1.
It is important to note that the SQE can be perceived to be a ‘harder’ set of assessments than the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The reason for this, explained by the SRA, is that the LPC is designed to prepare candidates for ‘Day One’ of their Training Contract; the SQE, on the other hand, is designed to prepare candidates for ‘Day One’ of being a newly qualified solicitor. Indeed, the SRA have chosen the SQE1 assessment to be ‘closed book’ (ie without permitting use of any materials) on the basis that a newly qualified solicitor would know all of the information tested, without having to refer to books or other sources.
With that in mind, and a different style of assessments in place, it is understandable that you may feel nervous or wary of the SQE. This is especially so given that this style of assessment is likely to be different from what you will have experienced before. In Revise SQE, we will alleviate some of those concerns with guidance on preparing for the SQE assessment, tips on how to approach single best answer MCQs and expertly written guides to aid in your revision.
What does SQE1 entail?
SQE1 consists of two assessments, containing 180 single best answer MCQs each (360 MCQs in total). The table below breaks down what is featured in each of these assessments.
|Assessment||Contents of Assessment (‘Functioning Legal Knowledge’)|
|FLK Assessment 1||
|FLK Assessment 2||