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If you are interested in learning more about preparing to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales through the SQE, we would be delighted to connect with you through a one-to-one appointment online or live events to help you with your individual questions.
The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a single, national licensing examination that all aspiring solicitors will take before qualifying into England and Wales. If you hold a degree in any discipline from any recognised jurisdiction you will be eligible for the SQE.d
Subject to final approval from the Legal Services Board, from 1 September 2021 to qualify you will need to:
SQE1 (Functioning Legal Knowledge)
You will be tested on the application of Functioning Legal Knowledge by single best answer multiple choice questions. The two SQE1 Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) assessments comprise the following subject areas:
- Business Law and Practice; Dispute Resolution; Contract; Tort; Legal System of England and Wales; Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law and Legal Services.
- Property Practice; Wills and the Administration of Estates; Solicitors Accounts; Land Law; Trusts; Criminal Law and Practice.
SQE 2 (Practical Legal Skills Assessments)
You will be tested on:
- client interviewing with linked attendance note/legal analysis
- attendance note/legal analysis
- case and matter analysis
- legal research and written advice
- legal drafting
- legal writing.
Read the SQE2 Assessment Specification for more detail on what will be tested.
You will receive the Study Guide which is specifically designed for the SQE both hard copy and online versions will be available. It will cover each subject area.
Yes, we will ship to the address you include in your BARBRI SQE Prep enrolment form. There are no additional fees for international shipping.
BARBRI Course features
The first session will be longer (40-week option) and is suitable for students without an English or Welsh law degree. However, this longer course is also available to any other students or re-qualifying international lawyers. The second option is a 20-week course which can be done full-time or part-time, depending on availability or level of familiarity of the assessed subjects. The third option is a 10-week course duration. This is only suitable for law graduates with the ability and opportunity to study intensively and full-time.
These three course durations have difference course commencement dates, each in line with meeting the next available SQE1 exam.
In preparation for the SQE1 November 2021 exam, the starting times are as follows:
- 40-week SQE1 Prep course – January 2021
- 20-week SQE1 Prep course – July 2021
- 10-week SQE1 Prep course – August 2021
In preparation for the SQE1 May 2022 exam, the starting times are as follows:
- 40-week SQE1 Prep course – July 2021
- 20-week SQE1 Prep course – January 2022
- 10-week SQE1 Prep course – February 2022
The BARBRI SQE course allows you to study when and where you study best over the duration of the course session you choose. While your study time, days and location are extremely flexible, you should plan on spending the recommended hours per week over the relevant course session.
All cover the same materials but at different speeds/hours per week. The 40-weeks PT course you will need to do 10-12 hours study, we recommend 1 hour of study a day with 1 full day on the weekends. The 20-week part-time course you will need to do 20 hours per week we recommend 3 hours per day over the 7-day week period. Finally, the 10-week full-time course will require 40 hours and is recommended for recent law graduates who can dedicate the time and study intensively.
The SQE1 Prep course has over 2,000 multiple-choice questions and forms the main foundation of the course content, in addition to the BABRRI workbooks, pre-recorded lectures and unlimited mentor support. This way you will not only familiarise yourself with the substantive content of the exam, but also learn the crucial skill of applying this knowledge in the multiple-choice format that the assessment is in.
In addition to the main practice MCQs, there will be several multiple-choice practice tests delivered in exam style. This means that the student must complete all the questions before they can see the answers. We still provide the students with detailed explanations of each question, including why the right answers are correct and why the wrong choices are incorrect. There will be 4 mock tests throughout the course, which will include two 90-question practice tests for each of the two assessment areas. Finally, the SQE1 preparation course concludes with a full simulated exam which will replicate the SQE1 assessment specification, a full test of 360 questions.
Each student gets their own mentor who will be in touch at a minimum every 2 weeks, after checking the students’ progress on their PSP to provide support, motivation, etc. There will also be scheduled “office hours” when tutors will be available for queries and support.
Additionally, we will include 6 touchpoint workshops “Prep for Success” workshops to enhance group cohesion and improve exam readiness. The SQE1 touch point workshops will cover:
- Guidance on how to use the materials and access/work through the course
- How to approach MCQ exams
- Wellness, mindfulness, and resilience
- Pre mock guidance
- Post mock analysis
Course Costs, Scholarships and Discounts
SQE1 Prep costs £2,999. SQE2 Prep costs £3,499. For SQE1 alumni, SQE2 Prep costs - £2,999.
SQE1 Payment plan – £199 enrolment deposit and £2800 Balance, 40-week course – up to 8 equal instalments of £350. 20 – week course up to 3 equal instalments of £933, and the 10-week course up to 2 equal instalments of £1400
SQE2 Payment plan for Alumni - £199 enrolment deposit and £2800 Balance, 16- week course up to 3 equal instalments of £933 and the 8-week course up to 2 equal instalments of £1400
SQE2 Payment plan– £199 enrolment deposit and £3300 Balance, 16- week course up to 3 equal instalments of £1100 and the 8-week course up to 2 equal instalments of £1650
(£99 administration fee if students wish to pay in instalments)
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Yes, there are several scholarship options available, including a Public Sector SQE Scholarship (£600 off course fees), Essay Competition Scholarship (partial or full funding of course fees) and 1st Class Honours SQE Scholarship (50% off course fees). You can find out all the latest information and how to apply here.
If you are a BARBRI alumni, you are also entitled to a £200 discount (confirmed through enrolment).