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A new way to qualify in England & Wales

In September 2021, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC) are being phased out. They will be replaced by the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). With that change comes an entirely new way of testing your legal knowledge and lawyering skills.

BARBRI helps replace worry with the confidence that comes from years of proven experience in both multiple-choice legal testing and mixed subject testing.

For over 50 years, BARBRI has built a reputation as the most experienced, innovative and effective provider of legal exam preparation. And, while the methods of testing in England and Wales may be changing, they are changing to match precisely the methodologies in which BARBRI preparation excels.

Now that expertise and innovation is available to any and all looking to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

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Why take the SQE?

From 2021 onwards, anyone aspiring to become a solicitor in England and Wales must take the SQE. If you commenced your legal education before this date, you may have the option to continue with the LPC; however, there are several reasons you should opt for the SQE:

Flexibility and affordability
The SQE offers greater flexibility, allowing you to spread both the preparation course and exam fees over longer time periods to adapt the pace to fit your schedule and budgeting needs.

Earn while you learn
Unlike the full-time LPC, you can earn whilst learning with BARBRI SQE Prep.

Integrate studies into QWE
The SQE combined with the opportunity for qualifying work experience in place of a traditional training contract allows for more flexible entry into the profession.

77% of the 300+ BARBRI SQE1 sitters passed

Over 300 students of the 1,090 total candidates who sat SQE1 in November 2021 studied with BARBRI. 77% reported passing overall, compared to the 53% average. A further 11% of BARBRI students passed one of the two exams and are resitting the next exam with their BARBRI Guarantee.

What is the BARBRI learning model?

BARBRI's courses are designed based on the latest technology and innovation in legal learning.

Innovative & flexible exam preparation

Innovative testing and learning technologies combined with over 50 years of experience training international lawyers make BARBRI SQE Prep the best option.

The flexible, comprehensive BARBRI SQE Prep courses ensure you are spending your study time exactly where it will yield the best results.

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Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

The SQE consists of two stages: SQE1 and SQE2.

SQE1 is a computer-based exam testing your functioning legal knowledge by way of multiple-choice questions – a specific skill that requires practice and expertise.

After passing SQE1, you will be eligible to apply and sit for SQE2. SQE2 consists of practical legal skills assessments such as client interviewing, advocacy, case and matter analysis, legal research and written advice, and legal drafting.

Next steps

About the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)

All the details you need on the SQE and how to become a solicitor.

BARBRI SQE Prep courses

Find out how BARBRI can prepare you for the SQE.

Download the BARBRI SQE Prep Prospectus

All you need to know about the exams and the courses.

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With BARBRI, you will never stand alone

Creating community for shared success.

We realise studying for the SQE can be a lonely pursuit, so we have been intentional about creating ways to bond with fellow students. Workshops, study networks and expert test tips are a few examples of how BARBRI will help you form relationships that elevate the learning experience.

SQE Prep Prospectus

Find out all the full information about the exam process and course that will shape your future legal career. BARBRI is here to help with the decades of experience preparing law students and lawyers across the globe for qualification exams that the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) was modelled on.
You can learn all the details by downloading our overview prospectus.

Why students choose BARBRI

"BARBRI’s advantage comes from the years of experience that goes into crafting a comprehensive curriculum. I had materials that helped me focus my attention to critical areas. Most importantly, I never felt lost at any point of the process."

Juan Ramos

"BARBRI told me exactly what I needed to do each day to make sure that I would be successful."

Shayna Petrella

"The BARBRI Personal Study Plan allowed me to stay on track with my studies. It also gave me a lot of confidence that I was working hard and doing as much as I could possibly do each day."

Kylie Huffman

"Our employees who are studying your SQE course are all, without exception, really enjoying the course and really like the way it is delivered."

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