Secure a minimum
of 6 months Qualifying Work Experience
with QWE Kickstart

In partnership with The SQuarE Route


QWE Kickstart: Your first step to QWE

Calling all aspiring lawyers! We’ve partnered with The SQuarE Route to offer BARBRI students the opportunity to secure a quality and career-enhancing 6-month period of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) at top law firms and corporations. 

Entries are now open for all BARBRI SQE1 10-Week Prep Course students who are preparing for the July 2024 SQE1 exam!

Who are The SQuarE Route?

We know how hard it is to become a solicitor, but the new SQE route to qualification gives you a better chance than ever to do so. Owned and managed by a team of qualified solicitors and barristers with significant experience in the legal industry, the SQuarE Route helps you flourish and achieve your dreams by offering you the opportunity to secure a guaranteed minimum 6 months of QWE. If you are not successful, you will have received additional career skills training and we will continue to work tirelessly to get you QWE placements to help you qualify as a solicitor.

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Step 1: Enrol in our 10-Week SQE1 course

BARBRI SQE1 Prep Course


Part-time course | 10-week

40 hours of study per week

Starting 29 April 2024

Preparing for the July 2024 exam

Online with full Learning Coach support
Best for:

Recent law graduates from a UK university who are looking for the quickest, most efficient course to pass the SQE and who are able to dedicate themselves to studying full time.


Step 2: Mini-essays

To apply, we would like you to submit answers to each of the following 4 questions: 

  • What is commercial awareness and why is it important?   
  • What are the top three skills a successful lawyer should have?  
  • What do you believe to be the main challenges affecting the legal sector and why? 
  • Why is wellbeing such an important topic in the legal industry?  

Each answer should be 250 words max in length. Please note, we’re looking for original answers and will disqualify plagiarised or AI-generated answers. Entries are assessed by The SQuarE Route. By submitting this entry, you agree to have your application processed by a third-party assessor.  

The deadline has been extended to 5pm, Friday 31 May. 

Step 3: QWE Kickstart programme

All applications will be reviewed carefully and the top candidates will be invited to an assessment centre.  We will let you know if you've been successful by 7 June 2024. The assessment centre (involving competency interview, case study and presentation) will be between the 17 and 28 June 2024.

 The QWE Kickstart employability scheme in association with The SQuarE Route includes masterclasses in CV, cover letter and application writing, commercial awareness training, and skills training to help you with competency interviews, case study tasks and presentations. You’ll receive a mentor, and the opportunity to attend mock HR interviews and mock assessment centres.

Step 4: Success

Successful candidates will be informed by 7 June 2024. If you are successful you will be put forward to partner firms for QWE opportunities that are at least 6 months in length. Last year, the SQuarE Route placed students at Linklaters, Macfarlanes, Addleshaw Goddard, AstraZeneca, KPMG and many more. 

Want to sign up for more information about future iterations of QWE Kickstart?

"Honestly thanks again for all your help. I feel so secure studying with this programme and my career journey, I’m forever grateful for having attended that talk"

Lara Hakim

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