The first part of the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examination (SQE) involves two exams on Functioning Legal Knowledge, known as FLK1 and FLK2. SQE1 assesses candidates’ knowledge of the law, including important legal principles in various areas. FLK1 and FLK2 are comprised of multiple choice questions and it is required each exam should be sat on separate days.

What is Assessed in SQE1?

The SQE1 requires candidates suitably demonstrate ‘Functioning Legal Knowledge’ to the level of a newly qualified solicitor. This includes not only knowledge of different legal areas, but also the application of key legal principles, ethics and professional conduct.


  • Business Law and Practice
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Contract
  • Tort
  • The Legal System
  • Legal Knowledge: Business Law and Practice, Dispute Resolution, Contract, Tort, Legal System, Public Law, Legal Services


  • Property Practice
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Solicitors Accounts
  • Land Law
  • Trusts
  • Criminal Law and Practice
  • Legal Knowledge: Property Practice, Wills and the Administration of Estates, Solicitors Accounts, Land Law, Trusts, Criminal Law and Practice

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What Does the SQE1 Assessment Involve?

The SQE1 assessment involves two exams – FLK1 and FLK2. Each exam is required to be taken on separate days, non-consecutively.

There are a number of practice areas tested in each exam, and these may be tested in any variety of combinations. There are 180 multiple-choice questions in SQE1, with 90 in each FLK1 and FLK2. Both exams are closed book, without any additional notes allowed to be brought into the assessment.

Legal knowledge tested is based on the law as it stands four months before the first assessment. Any updates or changes after this point won’t be included in the exam.

Questions may require:

  • Identification and application of legal principles
  • Identification of the reasoning behind the application of legal principles and the relevant rule
  • Application of rates or thresholds for calculations, such as tax rates and percentages


How Much Does SQE1 Cost?

The SQE1 costs a total of £1,622, which is paid in one go at the time of booking FLK1 and FLK2.

You can pay online when booking your SQE assessments through an SQE account on the SRA website. You can use most payment methods, as well as a payment voucher, if you have one. Some training providers may give you a payment voucher to use in order to book your test.



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