SQE2 assesses the application of Functioning Legal Knowledge (Functioning Legal Knowledge more broadly is tested as part of SQE1). This is assessed to the level of an NQ or newly qualified practitioner. Questions assess a range of skills as applicable within specific practice areas, although general professionalism and ethics are central to all aspects of SQE2. This should be at the forefront of your mind when undertaking any assessment as any ethical or professional conflicts won’t be highlighted for you.
Similarly to SQE1, the applicable law you will be examined on will be as it stands four months before the the first assessment in the respective window of your booking.
The following practice areas are those in which your practical legal skills will be assessed:
The following practical legal skills are assessed as part of SQE2, as part of the test on the candidates application of Functioning Legal Knowledge:
The first three are assessed in the oral assessment, while the last four are assessed across the three day written exam.
Negotiation isn’t assessed individually like the legal skills noted above are, however this will be an element in at least one assessment. All assessments assess the candidates ability to correctly and comprehensively apply fundamental legal principles. The correct and appropriate application of the law is assessed for all of the above, except the client interview.
The SQE2 is comprised of a written assessment that takes place over three days and a two-day oral assessment. The oral exam assesses interview and attendance note/ legal analysis, as well as advocacy, while the other skills are assessed over the course of the written assessment. The written portion is completely computer-based, while there is a hand-written assessment as part of the oral portion.
Day one assesses advocacy in the context of dispute resolution, with day two assessing advocacy in the context of criminal litigation. Interview and attendance note/ legal analysis is assessed in the context of property practice on day one, and wills and probate administration and practice on day two. The practical skills assessments are structured as follows:
The written portion of the exam is computer-based and consists of three half-days. Each day comprises case and matter analysis, legal drafting, legal research and legal writing assessments (12 in total).
Different practice areas will be tested on each day. On the first day, two assessments will be with regards to dispute resolution and two concerning criminal litigation. Day two will cover property and wills and probate. During day three, all assessments will be regarding business organisations, rules and procedures.
The assessments are structured as follows:
The SQE2 costs £2,493, in total. Candidates will be expected to pay for both the oral and written assessments in one go.
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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