You don’t need to have a law degree or conversion course, or to have even followed a postgraduate solicitor training programme to take the SQE. You just need to have a degree (in any subject), pass two stages of exams, complete two years of Qualifying Work Experience and pass the SRA’s character and suitability assessment.
It’s important that if you’re considering the SQE pathway, you understand that this still requires a serious amount of preparation in order to pass. You’ll have to answer 360 multiple choice questions for each stage, and you’ll be tested on your legal knowledge of fundamental legal principles and practice across core areas. You’ll also have to undertake 16 assessments that are designed to test a variety of skills. Each paper is extensive, and will take five hours and six minutes to complete.
It’s essential that you choose a SQE preparation course, as this will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills you need to pass first time.
With the SQE assessments costing £3,980, it makes sense to invest in proper prep so that you don’t have to pay to re-sit the tests. Each time you re-sit, you have to pay the fees again in full.
Even if you pass the SQE first time, that’s not enough to be snapped up by a law firm. In fact, 77% of firms said they expect future trainees to have undertaken extra training and to have key legal skills and specialist knowledge before they even start their qualifying work experience.
Make sure you’re in the best position by building your legal knowledge in the areas you’re looking to specialise and practice in. BPP’s SQE Essentials For Practice course is one way you can do this.
Did you know there are SQE courses for law graduates, and special SQE courses for non-law graduates? There’s also a variety of delivery methods you can choose from, whether you prefer to study in-centre or remote, full-time or part-time.
The most important thing when it comes to preparing for the SQE is to make sure you pick the right course for you. By focussing on your preferred learning style, you’ll strengthen your chances of success and this will help you to take your next steps to becoming a solicitor.
Make sure you register for some upcoming events to find out more about preparing for the SQE with BPP:
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