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What is the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)?
The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is the new route to qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales. Introduced in 2021 it will replace the current Legal Practice Course (LPC). Instead of needing a training contract, you can now qualify as a solicitor by passing the SQE1 and SQE2 examinations and completing two years of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE).
The College of Legal Practice is leading a new era in legal training by delivering expert, accessible and affordable SQE preparation courses to maximise your chances of success.
The SQE exams
SQE1 involves two Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) assessments, each consisting of 180 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The SQE2 assessment on the other hand is designed to test your core legal skills through oral and written assessments.
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Qualifying Work Experience (QWE)
You will need two years of QWE. This can be done before, during or after taking SQE, so experience already gained could be banked now. It doesn't need to be paid work, so a work placement or volunteering in a law clinic would also count.
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SQE or LPC?
If you started your law journey prior to 2022 will have the choice of qualifying via the LPC or SQE pathway. After this time the option for qualifying will only be the SQE route. Use our guide to see which pathway is right for your current situation.
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Why choose The College of Legal Practice?
Flexible studyFlexible and affordable learning, designed for you and your needs
Experts in the SQESpecialists in the SQE to help you be SQE ready and pass
Designed for onlineOnline course backed by 20 years proven digital learning experience
Give yourself the best chance to succeed with our Secrets to SQE Success Guide
ACCESS OUR SECRETS TO SQE SUCCESS GUIDE
PREPARING FOR THE SQE
The College of Legal Practice provides the highest level of individual supervision from experienced solicitors, to ensure you have all the support you need. This approach is part of a rich learning experience through extensive on-demand video, activities and scenarios as well as live group and individual sessions. All at excellent value for money.
Hear from our students about our SQE preparation courses and their learning experience at The College of Legal Practice in the video below.
FIND THE RIGHT PREPARATION COURSE FOR YOU
The College offers a range of full-time and part-time preparation courses, all timed to align with the SQE assessments. We also have a non-law graduate conversion course and a full Master's Programme for those students who are looking to take out a Master’s loan to support their studies.
This Module will fully prepare you for the SQE1 assessment and is available both full-time and part-time as 13, 20 and 40 week courses for £1,800.
This Module will fully prepare you for the SQE2 assessment and is available both full-time and part-time as 10, 20 and 40 week courses for £2,300.
LLM in Legal Practice
Boost your employment opportunities by taking the path to our LLM in Legal Practice which includes both the SQE1 and SQE2 prep courses and gain a competitive edge in your legal career. Available both full-time, part-time for 1 year or two years for just £6,900. Our masters' option also means you can apply for a postgraduate Master's Loan to financially support your studies.
Graduate Diploma in Law
For graduates from a non-law background, our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is a uniquely designed law conversion course for those wanting to take the SQE to qualify as a solicitor but do not have a law degree or equivalent experience available both full-time and part-time as 20 and 40 week courses for £3,250.