Qualify as a solicitor in England & Wales

Expand your horizons with dual qualification

Discover our SQE Prep courses

If you are an overseas-qualified lawyer looking to dual-qualify as a solicitor in England & Wales, there is now a new route to qualification. In 2021 the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) replaced the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) as the main route.

BARBRI has based its SQE Prep courses on the success of the QLTS Prep by BARBRI which mirrors the new assessment style.

Check out this video for a lawyer's perspective on dual qualifying in England & Wales through the SQE.


New route to qualification

For qualified lawyers outside England & Wales, London remains a major centre of activity and the prospect of practising in the UK is an attractive one. This is an opportunity to widen your legal career beyond your jurisdiction, whether you wish to practice locally or abroad.

As a qualified lawyer, you don't have to demonstrate Qualifying Work Experience (QWE), so all you need to do to qualify is to pass the two stages of the SQE and satisfy the character and suitability requirements as set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

If you are qualified in certain jurisdictions, you may be eligible for an exemption from part of the SQE. For more information on exemptions and how to apply, please check the SRA website.

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Key features for you

Flexible Course Options

Full and part-time course options available. Study when and where you want. The courses are designed to work around you.

1:1 Learning Coach

Throughout your studies you'll be supported by a dedicated team of experienced learning coaches who will guide you through your course.

Personal Study Plan

We use our AI system, the Intuitive Study Assistant and Coach (ISAAC), to create a bespoke Personal Study Plan (PSP) which adjusts to your progress and performance.


A course tailored for you

As technology improves, the way we live our lives is changing rapidly. Every aspect of life is becoming more digital, making remote learning from around the world the norm. The good news is that in recent years BARBRI has been at the forefront of online learning and education technology.

We have designed our courses to prepare you in the most efficient way possible, using our innovative learning technology. Our Intuitive Study Assistant and Coach (ISAAC) is the AI system that drives your course. ISAAC powers your Personal Study Plan (PSP) which sets out exactly what you need to learn and when, allowing you to study efficiently and confidently.

We also offer SQE Foundations, a short course which covers the fundamentals of English and Welsh law, which you can take just before your SQE Prep course to help build confidence. This is particularly useful if you are from a civil law jurisdiction.

SQE Prep Preview

Try out our course for free by using the SQE Prep Preview. This handy tool will give you an insight into what we offer, and how it could work for you.

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"Thanks to the BARBRI prep course I passed the SQE 1 alongside my fulltime job and Ph.D. studies in law within the highest ranked candidates. The course provides all the necessary learning materials you will need to succeed. For me, the most helpful tool is the personal study plan. If you follow your learning plan, I have no doubt that you will pass at the first attempt as well. All you need to do is: Stay committed, stay focused and trust BARBRI."  

Magda Aref

"I studied for SQE1 with BARBRI and the Personal Study Plan(PSP) they have put in place is just exceptional. Half the burden of studying law is to plan for it, and with Barbri this is done for you, so all you need to do is commit, and stick to the plan."  

Ali Yaacoub

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