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what’s
the SQE?

In autumn 2021, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA – the regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales) introduced the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE or informally called ‘superexam’), a new route to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales.

The ideas behind it are explained in the SRA’s Training for Tomorrow – where the new superexam is viewed as:

  • giving more flexibility to the routes
  • through which aspiring solicitors can obtain
  • the competency required to enter the legal profession
  • assuring a tailored training aimed at continuing professional development
  • deregulating the education and training process to a reasonably required extent
background

Starting from 2011, the SQE design and methodology have been successfully tested on its likely prototype QLTS (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme), and recently piloted by the SRA and Kaplan. The SQE1 pilot assessments engaged 316 aspiring solicitors. Over the course of three days the candidates’ knowledge was tested through a multiple-choice test, and their skills – through exercises in legal research and writing. The sample group selected to sit the SQE2 pilot included 167 candidates whose written and oral legal skills underwent a four-day assessment.

On 8 June 2020, after 9 years of numerous consultations (involving around 2,000 people), surveys, independent reviews, and massive expert guidance, the SQE final design was approved and can be accessed here.

Structure
SQE1
  • Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) – the knowledge of core legal principles and rules that candidates have to apply across a specific practice area.
  • Candidates should be able to apply these legal principles to real-life scenarios and demonstrate the competencies required of a newly qualified solicitor.

Aim: to test the candidates’ ability to apply legal knowledge.

SQE2
  • Practical Legal Skills – oral and written assessments which also assess FLK via simulations.
  • The assessments involve simulated role plays, such as mock client interviews, advocacy sessions and written exercises across 5 practice contexts in the form of drafting, writing, research tasks and case and matter analysis given by a supervisor. All the skills stations are timed.

Aim: to test the candidates’ practical legal skills and application of the law to the facts.

Assessment
provider

The SRA has appointed Kaplan as the assessment provider for the SQE. Being a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company, Kaplan has made a reputation as an international education and assessment organisation operating in over 30 countries. Alongside offering test preparation, professional education, language training, it has been the sole SRA-authorised assessment provider for the QLTS – all of which served as the grounds for selecting it to run the SQE assessment.

TRANSITION PERIOD

There will be a transition period for
different groups of candidates:

QLTS Aspiring Solicitors /
Candidates

NON-QLTS Aspiring Solicitors /
Candidates

REQUIREMENTS

In addition to passing the SQE1 and SQE2,
in order to be admitted to the roll, aspiring
solicitors shoud meet the following
eligibility requirements:

01 Have
  • a UK degree
  • or an equivalent UK qualification
  • or an equivalent non-UK qualification

More details here.

02 Gain

The minimum of 2 years’ qualifying work
experience (QWE)
:

  1. Competence-based work experience in legal
    services: no need to work in a specific number
    of different practice areas…
  2. In no more than four separate entities, such as firms,
    educational institutions or other organisations
  3. For at least 2 years full time, or equivalent
    to this time frame in case of part time
  4. May be obtained:
    • before, during or after the SQE
    • with no time limits: including the QWE
      obtained before the introduction of the SQE
    • within England and Wales, or overseas
  5. Formalities:
    • each QWE must be signed by an England
      and Wales qualified solicitor within or outside of the
      organisation
    • the solicitor signing it must make an honest
      declaration that:
      (i) the aspiring solicitor has had an opportunity
      to develop the competencies for the claimed period of
      time
      (ii) there have been no character suitability issues
    • each QWE should meet additional safeguards
      assuring that the candidates’ work experience enabled
      them to acquire all the required competencies
  6.  SRA is developing an online portal to facilitate the
    submission of the QWE documents
  7. SRA has developed a training template to help aspiring
    solicitors record their qualifying work experience
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03 Meet

The SRA character and
suitability requirements.

cost

SQE1

SQE2

Cost for sitting both
SQE1 and SQE2

next steps

1

Start gathering the evidence of
your QWE well in advance: talk
to your previous, current or
prospective employers and
explain why you need it.

2

Try to gain work experience
which will help you to prepare
for the SQE2.

3

Start your prep right away –
click to read more why and how.

4

Take advantage of the new
possibilities offered by the SQE
reform:)

OUR SMART
COURSE

who we are

This course was set up by Dr Olga
Pogrebennyk as preparation for the QLTS OSCE – the examination for foreign-qualified lawyers seeking admission as solicitors of England and Wales.

Today we have become a multicultural team committed to building professional expertise and creating professional opportunities for would-be solicitors. The vast majority of our tutoring solicitors have been admitted as solicitors of England and Wales via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme, and are now practicing English law.

Prior to becoming practising solicitors, some members of our team completed a legal practice course (LPC) at such universities as:

  • Nottingham Law School
  • BPP
  • University of Law
  • University of the West of England
  • University of Surrey

what we offer

SQE1 prep and SQE2 training

ASPIRING SOLICTOR: SQE2: IF YOU ARE

Get the prep tailored to your individual needs
with our Smart training course:

  • subscribe to a package; or
  • purchase individual items without
    subscribing to a package
LAW FIRM:
  • train your own SQE2 tutors by enrolling
    them in our tutor training course
  • enrol your candidates in our Smart course
    to provide them with the prep tailored to
    their individual needs
  • order mock questions designed to
    facilitate your candidates’ SQE2
    preparation
  • order a white-label online portal adapted
    to your SQE training needs
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02. Technology
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03. TTC
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Tutor Training Course

why prepare for
the SQE with us?

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1 First-hand experience:
First-hand experience:
  • qualified via the same route
  • got scores of candidates through the exam
  • accumulated tips & strategies from
    experience

This course started as preparation for the QLTS
OSCE – the bar exam for foreign-qualified
lawyers seeking admission as solicitors of
England and Wales. Over the years of
operation, we have accumulated personal
experience and built professional expertise
critical to a successful preparation for an exam
as challenging as the SQE. Our SQE training
incorporates the best practices we have
developed on the way from the QLTS OSCE to
the new superexam.

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2 Piloted methodology:
Piloted methodology:
  • practice-based prep via 1-to-1 training with
    personalised feedback
  • demo streams and interactive workshops
  • concise notes on each practice area

At the core of Smart methodology is practice-
based learning – the learning that happens
through exposure to practical tasks, when
taking risks, making wrong choices and looking
for ways to remedy the problem help learners
to develop comprehension and build long-term
knowledge. Our methodology allows
candidates not only to develop their
professional skills, but also identify and bridge
gaps in their legal knowledge. The same
methodology is currently being used for the
QLTS OSCE preparation – which is conducted
via simulations, with candidates led through
different online mock stations (both oral and
written), followed by individual feedback from
interviewers and tutoring solicitors.

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3 Advanced technology:
Advanced technology:
  • a training platform on your device
  • an individualised start of the course
  • an automated individual prep plan
  • flexible time slots for booking

Recognising the value of online learning, we
have moved OSCEsmart services to an original
platform specifically designed for the purposes
of SQE training. The new platform has been
successfully tested since April 2020.

SQE1

  • SQE1 is Part 1 of the SQE
  • will be conducted in English and Welsh (with Welsh introduced as a working language on a phased basis – with full English/Welsh parity by year four of the SQE)
  • assesses functioning legal knowledge (FLK)
  • is a multiple choice test, with multiple choice questions (MCQs) carefully developed for each assessment incorporating the best question drafting methodology and single best answer multiple choice approach
  • contains 360 questions in two assessments of 180 questions each
  • assessments will be conducted over two full days
  • will be conducted at both domestic and international Pearson VUE test centres
  • allows up to three resits within a 6-year period
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SQE1 Subjects
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SQE1 Prep materials
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3
SQE1 Exam dates

SQE2

  • SQE2 is Part 2 of the SQE
  • requires the completion of the SQE1
  • will be conducted in English and Welsh (with Welsh introduced as a working language on a phased basis – with full English/Welsh parity by year four of the SQE)
  • is a single, uniform assessment for all candidates (domestic and international) in 5 practice contexts (practice areas) covering substantive law
  • is made up of 16 practical assessments based on simulations
  • assesses practical legal skills (oral and written)
  • includes a 2-day oral skills assessment sampled across reserved legal activities
  • includes a 3-day written skills assessment sampled across 5 areas of law
  • will be conducted at a limited number of assessment centers
  • allows up to three resits within a 6-year period
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SQE2 Subjects
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SQE2 Prep materials
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SQE2 Exam dates

PRICES &
PACKAGES

Oxford SQE1 Pack FLK1 & FLK2

  • Pre-recorded + live-revision lectures on a particular law subject + OUP SQE Prep & Practise + concise notes that are easy to memorise + flashcards + Q&A
  • Best suitable for foreign-qualified lawyers
    who did not pursue their legal studies in the UK

13 months of video lecture recordings and a 12-month subscription to the Oxford University Press (OUP) SQE Prep & Practise manual with around 1200 multiple-choice questions.
*You are responsible for having appropriate internet connection
*Limited bursaries are available for Ukrainian lawyers and those in need –  info@superexam.uk

Oxford SQE1 Pack FLK1 & FLK2
SQE1 Pack FLK1 & FLK2 Pre-recorded lectures No of lectures Flashcards Interactive live-revision lectures OUP SQE Prep & Practise
(12 months)
Criminal Practice 4 1
Criminal Law 3 1
Trust 3 1
Land Law 3 1
Property Practice 4 1
Wills and the Administration of Estates 4 1
Solicitors Accounts 1 1
Tort 3 1
Contract 4 1
Dispute Resolution 4 1
Business Law and Practice 4 1
Constitutional and Administrative Law & EU Law 3 1
English Legal System 1 1
Legal Services 1
Individual study plan  
Meeting with your personal mentor
  1
Price £1435   £325 £450
Total price   £2260
Discount   £460
TOTAL: £1800

SQE1 Just Lectures and Notes Pack

  • Pre-recorded lectures  + concise notes
    that are easy to memorise + flashcards + Q&A
  • Best suitable for UK LLB graduates

13-month (395 days) subscription starting from the date of payment

SQE1 Just Lectures and Notes Pack
SQE1 Lectures + Notes + Flashcards Pre-recorded lectures No of lectures Flashcards
Business Law and Practice 4
Dispute Resolution 4
Contract 4
Tort 3
Property Practice 4
Wills and the Administration of Estates 4
Solicitors Accounts 1
Land Law 3
Trust 3
Criminal Law 3
Criminal Practice 4
Consti and Admin Law & EU Law 3
English Legal System Free Free
Legal Services 1
Price per session, £ 35
TOTAL: £999

*Please note, number of sessions can vary depending on individual needs
Read more about our lectures and notes here

sqe1+sqe2
package

SQE1 JUST LECTURES PACKAGE
No of lectures
Criminal Practice 4
Criminal Law 3
Trust 3
Land Law 3
Property Practice 4
Wills and the Administration of Estates 4
Solicitors Accounts 1
Tort 3
Contract 4
Dispute Resolution 4
Business Law and Practice 4
Constitutional and Administrative Law & EU Law 3
English Legal System 1
Legal Services 1
£999
SQE2 PACKAGE
SQE Skills Pack
Legal writing set of lectures 1
Legal drafting lecture 6
Legal research lecture 1
Case and matter analysis lecture 2
Client interview set of lectures 1
Advocacy set of lectures 1
Online Seminar Group Session 5
Live-stream mock demo (Legal Theatre) 1
One-to-One SQE2 Mock Sessions
Client interview 3
Attendance note individually marked 2
Attendance note suggested answer 1
Advocacy 2
Matter analysis 3
Legal writing 2
Legal drafting 1
Legal research 1
Law notes 5 practice areas
£1885
SQE1 + SQE2 PACKAGE
Price, £
SQE1 JUST LECTURES PACKAGE 999
SQE2 PACKAGE 1885
OUP Prep & Practise (manual with 1200 tests from Oxford University Press) 450
TOTAL 3334
Smart Bursary Programme (Limited): £3000

*The SQE1 & SQE2 Pack must be completed within 18 months. This package is suitable for UK LLB graduates or individuals with a strong understanding of the law who need to review or study a few additional subjects. It is also a great option for barristers looking to requalify as solicitors.

enrol now

non-package mocks

Conducting a few stand-alone mocks seems a
better idea than risking your time, money and
professional reputation.

One-to-One SQE2 mock stations
TYPE Price, £
Matter analysis 120
Legal writing 120
Legal drafting 120
Legal research 120
Advocacy 120
Interview + Model answer 105
Interview + Attendance note individually marked 190

BULK DISCOUNTS

Cumulative Total (£) Discount
0-999 0%
1000 – 1499 5%
1500 – 1999 10%
2000+ 15%

SQE NEWS

Please stay tuned for the latest
news and developments.

Last updated 28 November 2023
November 2023
The results for the SQE2 held in July 2023 have been published. A total of 1,004 candidates participated in the examination, with an impressive pass rate of 79%.
September 2023
In the SQE1 July 2023 results, 3,005 candidates who took the assessment for the first time achieved a pass rate of 56%, while the overall pass rate, including resit candidates, was 53%. The pass marks were 53% for FLK1 and 52% for FLK2.
August 2023
The results for the April 2023 SQE2 have been published. Candidates are encouraged to review the Results and resits information and the SQE2 April 2023 Statistical Report, to gain further insights into their performance and assessment feedback.
July 2023
English and Welsh solicitors are now eligible to register and practice UK and public international law in Luxembourg. On 29 June, the Luxembourg parliament passed a bill, implementing article 194 of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), turning it into law. Read more 
April 2023
Starting from September 2023, the SQE1 fee will rise from £1,622 to £1,798, and the SQE2 fee will increase from £2,493 to £2,766 (an 11% overall increase). This adjustment is in response to inflation.
March 2023
On 14 March 2023, the SRA released the results for the January 2023 SQE1 sitting. There were 3031 candidates who sat both parts of SQE1 (FLK1 and FLK2), with an overall pass rate of 54 per cent.
February 2023
The results for the Oct'22 SQE2 have been released. According to the SRA, 646 candidates have sat the exam, with an overall pass rate of 71%. The pass mark was 62% for all three sittings.
December 2022
The booking window for the April 2023 SQE2 assessment is now open and closes at 5pm on 23 March 2023. The first day of this assessment window is 25 April 2023.
October 2022
The results for the July 2022 SQE1 sitting have been published. There were 1,829 candidates who completed both parts of SQE1 (FLK1 and FLK2), with an overall pass rate of 53 per cent.
August 2022
The results for the first ever sitting of the SQE2 assessment, taken in April 2022 by more than 700 candidates, were released on 25 August 2022. Overall, 77% of candidates who sat the exam passed.
April 2022
If QLTS candidates who have passed the MCT want to sit the SQE2 instead of the OSCE, they will have until 31 March 2024 (inclusive) to pass and apply for admission.
March 2022
The booking window for the July 2022 SQE1 assessment is now open and closes at 5pm on Thursday 16 June 2022. Candidates can book to take the assessment through their candidate account.
February 2022
The SQE2 booking window for the April 2022 SQE2 assessment is open. To be able to book, candidates must complete the registration and pre-booking process, which are steps 1 and 2 in their candidate account. 
January 2022
According to the SRA, 1,090 candidates participated in the November SQE1, with 1,073 candidates sitting both FLK1 and FLK2. Overall, 53% of candidates passed both assessments, with 67% passing FLK1 and 54% passing FLK2.
November 2021
The first ever SQE assessments took place last week. 1090 candidates attempted the SQE assessments, across more than 100 test centres in 26 countries. Candidates will get their results on or before 24 January 2022.
October 2021
Bookings for the April 2022 SQE2 sitting will open at 10am on 25 January 2022. Bookings for the next sitting of SQE1 which is due in July 2022 will open later in 2022.
September 2021
The 'SQE Prep & Practise' resource will be publicly released on 20 September 2021.
July 2021
Candidate registration is open
Candidates who intend to take the SQE can now register, create and activate their accounts. Before they can book and sit assessments, they will also need to complete the pre-booking steps. Bookings for the first SQE1 in November will open later in July. For more details, please click here.
June 2021
LPC graduates exempt from SQE1
If you have the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and wish to qualify as a solicitor through the SQE, you can apply to SRA to recognise the combination of two years’ qualifying work experience and successfully passing SQE2 as equivalent to the period of recognised training. You would not have to sit SQE1. To learn more about SQE exemptions - follow the link.
May 2021
SQE assessment website launched
On 11 May 2021, the SRA announced that the website for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination is now available. It explains what the SQE is and everything you need to consider when getting through this qualification. Candidates will be able to register and book their assessments through this website.
April 2021
Application for SQE assessment exemption
Qualified domestic and overseas lawyers will be able to apply for the agreed exemptions based on their home legal professional qualification, new exemptions for their home legal professional qualification or additional exemptions.
January 2021
SQE2 webinar
On 18 January 2021, the SRA held the webinar in which the SQE2 assessment alongside the sample questions that have been recently published were a point of discussion.
December 2020
SQE conference 2020
On 15 December 2020, the SRA organized the annual SQE conference to provide the latest information on the SQE and its introduction in 2021.
November 2020
OUP developing an online study tool
OUP has been developing the digital ‘SQE Prep & Practise’ (1200 questions in 2 collections) - SQE1 tailored materials, including an online bank of multiple-choice questions.
October 2020
LSB’s approval of the SQE
On 27 October 2020, the LSB granted full approval of alterations to the SQE regulatory arrangements.
June 2020
SQE final design unveiled
After analysing all the findings obtained from 9 years of consultations and 2 years of pilot assessments, the SRA finalised the design of the SQE on 8 June 2020.
December 2019
SQE2 pilot
The SQE2 pilot was carried out in December 2019 in 2 London-based locations for the oral mocks, and in 29 Pearson Virtual University Enterprises in England and Wales for the written tests. The 4-day assessment was completed by 167 candidates – who in addition to the practical legal skills test, were offered 120 multiple-choice questions.
March 2019
SQE1 pilot
On 20-22 March 2019, the SRA held the SQE1 pilot assessments. Conducted over the period of 3 days, the pilot was undertaken by 316 participants. Most locations for the assessment were in the UK (44), with the other two situated in Singapore (1) and France (1). The pilot included a multiple-choice test and legal research and writing assessments. The findings showed that some aspects of the SQE1 structure and content require further discussions and explorations.
March 2018
LSB approves the application for reforms
In 2018, the Legal Services Board (LSB) approved the SRA's application for the new admission requirements for solicitors.