BARBRI SQE Prep FAQs

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Please note that these FAQs are specific to the BARBRI SQE Prep course, and may not be applicable to other BARBRI courses.

General

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a single, national licensing examination that all aspiring solicitors will take before qualifying into England and Wales. If you hold a degree in any discipline from any recognised jurisdiction you will be eligible for the SQE.

To qualify you will need to:

  • have a degree in any subject (or equivalent qualification or work experience)
  • pass both stages of the SQE assessment - SQE1 focuses on legal knowledge and SQE2 on practical legal skills
  • have two years' qualifying work experience
  • pass the SRA’s character and suitability requirements.

If you are not a law graduate, you do not require a GDL before pursuing the SQE. However, we recommend non-law students take our longest SQE1 Prep course option, the Flexible 40-week course.

SQE1 (Functioning Legal Knowledge)

You will be tested on the application of Functioning Legal Knowledge by single best answer multiple choice questions. The two SQE1 Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) assessments comprise the following subject areas:

  1. Business Law and Practice; Dispute Resolution; Contract; Tort; Legal System of England and Wales; Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law and Legal Services.
  2. Property Practice; Wills and the Administration of Estates; Solicitors Accounts; Land Law; Trusts; Criminal Law and Practice.

Ethics and Professional Conduct is examined pervasively across both FLK exams, and principles of Taxation are assessed in the context of Business Law and Practice, Property Practice, and Wills and the Administration of Estates.

SQE2 (Practical Legal Skills Assessments)

You will be tested on:

  • client interviewing with linked attendance note/legal analysis 
  • advocacy
  • case and matter analysis
  • legal research and written advice
  • legal drafting
  • legal writing.

The subjects assessed in SQE2 are Property, Probate, Business, Criminal, and Dispute Resolution.

Read the SQE2 Assessment Specification for more detail on what will be tested.

Please note candidates are assessed to the standard of a day one newly qualified solicitor. 

You may find that you are exempt from parts of the SQE.

If you have undertaken the Legal Practice Course (LPC), you can be exempt from the SQE1.

If you are qualified lawyer overseas looking to dual-qualify in England & Wales via the SQE, you may find that your home jurisdiction is in the list of exemptions for either the SQE1 or SQE2. 

For details on exemptions, whether you qualify, as well as how to apply for these, please check the SRA website here.

Candidates have to request reasonable adjustments for the actual SQE exams directly with Kaplan/SRA. For their SQE prep course, we can offer large font textbooks, textbooks on different coloured paper, additional time in their practice assessments, content that is compatible with screen readers and we have closed captions on video lectures. If a student requires additional support behind this, they need to talk to us to see if there are additional measures we can put in place.

Learning coaches can support students who have concerns about anxiety and return to studying and students are allocated a personal LC at the start of the course. We also provide all students with access to Togetherall, a mental health online support system that students access confidentially and which covers support and has a community for those experiencing anxiety as well as general tips on managing workloads for those returning to education. 

BARBRI Course features

SQE1:

The first session will be longer (40-week option) and is suitable for students without an English or Welsh law degree. However, this longer course is also available to any other students, especially those working full-time, or re-qualifying international lawyers. The second option is a 20-week course which can be done full-time or part-time, depending on availability or level of familiarity of the assessed subjects. The third option is a 10-week course duration. This is only suitable for law graduates with the ability and opportunity to study intensively and full-time.

For more information on the various SQE1 course options, please see these here.

SQE2:

We currently offer two different course lengths for SQE2 leading into the scheduled exams. Our part-time course runs for 20-weeks and will require 10-15 hours of study per week. This option is best for candidates who are looking for the most flexible option to study for the SQE2, who have sat and passed SQE1/QLTS MCT or LPC graduates who are exempt from SQE1.

Our full-time course runs over 10-weeks and requires 15-20 hours of study per week. This option is best for candidates who are ready to study full-time and looking for the quickest, most efficient course to pass SQE2. We wouldn't recommend this course for students who are not BARBRI SQE1 Prep alumni.

For more information on the various SQE2 Prep course options, please see these here.

In preparation for the SQE1 January 2023 exam, the starting times are as follows:

  • 40-week SQE1 Prep course – October 2022
  • 20-week SQE1 Prep course – August 2022
  • 10-week SQE1 Prep course – November 2022

In preparation for the SQE2 April 2023 exam, the starting times are as follows:

  • 20-week SQE2 Prep course – November 2022
  • 10-week SQE2 Prep course – January 2022

The BARBRI SQE course allows you to study when and where you study best over the duration of the course session you choose. While your study time, days and location are extremely flexible, you should plan on spending the recommended hours per week over the relevant course session. 

There are certain live sessions in each course, but these are recorded and available to watch on demand if students can’t make them or want to re-watch. 

All course lengths cover the same materials but at require different hours of committed study per week.

The Flexible SQE1 40-week part-time course is 10-12 hours per week of study and we recommend 1 hour of study a day with 1 full day of study on the weekends.

The Focused SQE1 20-week part-time course is 20 hours per week of study and we recommend 3 hours of study per day over the 7-day week period.

The Accelerated SQE1 10-week full-time course will require 40 hours per week of study and is recommended for recent law graduates who can dedicate the time and study intensively.

The 20-week SQE2 course requires 10-15 hours of study per week spread evenly throughout the week.

The 10-week SQE2 course requires a commitment of 15-20 hours of study per week. We wouldn't recommend this option for students who are not BARBRI SQE1 Prep alumni.

The SQE1 Prep course has over 2,000 multiple-choice questions and forms the main foundation of the course content, in addition to the BABRRI workbooks, pre-recorded lectures and extensive mentor support. This way you will not only familiarise yourself with the substantive content of the exam, but also learn the crucial skill of applying this knowledge in the multiple-choice format that the assessment is in.

If you take any of our SQE2 Prep course you will also have access to this content.

For SQE1 you will receive both a hard copy and online version of the Study Guide which is specifically designed for the SQE. This guide covers each subject area.

For SQE2 we will provide you with a concise workbook to supplement the skills explanations.

Yes, we will ship to the address you include in your BARBRI SQE Prep enrolment form. There are no additional fees for international shipping.

SQE1:

In addition to the main practice multiple choice questions, there will be several multiple-choice practice tests delivered in exam style.  This means that the student must complete all the questions before they can see the answers. We still provide the students with detailed explanations of each question, including why the right answers are correct and why the wrong choices are incorrect.  There will be 4 mock tests throughout the course, which will include two 90-question practice tests for each of the two assessment areas. Finally, the SQE1 preparation course concludes with a full simulated exam which will replicate the SQE1 assessment specification, a full test of 360 questions. 

SQE2:

Before you sit SQE2, you’ll complete mock assessments and receive personal feedback from a BARBRI assessor in each skill and subject assessed in SQE2.

For both SQE1 and SQE2 each student gets assigned a Learning Coach, who acts as a personal mentor. The Learning Team will be in touch at a minimum every 2 weeks, after checking the students’ progress on their Personal Study Plan (PSP) to provide support, motivation, etc. There will also be scheduled “Strategy Sessions” when the learning coaches will be available for queries and support. 

Additionally for SQE1, we include our “Prep for Success” live workshop series to enhance group cohesion and improve exam readiness.  The SQE1 touchpoint workshops will cover:  

  • Guidance on how to use the materials and access/work through the course  
  • How to approach multiple choice question exams  
  • Wellness, mindfulness, and resilience  
  • Pre mock guidance  
  • Post mock analysis  

Yes, you can sign up for our SQE Prep Preview to see what our course looks like inside. There is no cost involved. You will be able to view and test out all the features of the online Personal Study Plan (PSP) and view the main types of course content on the SQE1 Prep. 

Try it out here.

To get a better idea of what our SQE2 course looks like, and to find out if this is the right option for you, you can download a sample of the SQE2 course materials. You’ll receive a real, abbreviated sample chapter that provides an insight into what will be covered during your course.

Course Costs, Scholarships and Discounts

SQE1 Prep costs £2,999. SQE2 Prep costs £3,499. For SQE1 alumni, SQE2 Prep costs - £2,999. 

SQE1 Payment plan – £199 enrolment deposit and £2,800 Balance:
40-week course – up to 8 equal instalments of £362;
20–week course up to 4 equal instalments of £724.75;
and the 10-week course up to 3 equal instalments of £966.33.

SQE2 Payment plan for Alumni - £199 enrolment deposit and £2,800 Balance:
12-week course up to 3 equal instalments of £1,499.50.

SQE2 Payment plan– £199 enrolment deposit and £3300 Balance:
12-week course up to 2 equal instalments of £1,749.50.

(£99 finance fee if students wish to pay in instalments is included in these fees)

Please note that if you enrol after the chosen course start date, it will result in fewer instalment options.

For more information on this, please visit this page.

Yes, there are several scholarship options available, including a Public Sector SQE Scholarship (£600 off SQE1 Prep course fees), Essay Competition SQE Scholarship (partial or full funding off SQE1 Prep course fees) and 1st Class Honours SQE Scholarship (30% off SQE1 Prep course fees) or a Humanitarian SQE Scholarship (50% off SQE1 Prep course fees). You can find out all the latest information and how to apply here.

If you are a BARBRI alumni, you are also entitled to a £200 discount on SQE1 Prep (confirmed through enrolment).

Qualifying Work Experience FAQs

For any questions regarding Qualifying Work Experience, please visit this FAQ page here.

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