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The new path to becoming a solicitor

The SQE is not just a new name, it’s an entirely different way of testing, bringing with it the need for an entirely new way of preparing for the examination. If you want to become a solicitor, you are required to undergo the following steps:

Have a degree or equivalent in any subject

Satisfy the SRA's character and suitability requirements

Understanding the SQE

The SQE Explained

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The LPC vs SQE

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Qualifying work experience

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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.


The first session is a Flexible (40-week) 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 Focused (20-week) course which can be undertaken full-time or part-time, depending on availability or level of familiarity of the assessed subjects. The third option is Accelerated (10-week) course duration. This is only suitable for law graduates with the ability and opportunity to study intensively and full-time. 

For both SQE1 and SQE2 each student gets assigned a Learning Coach, who acts as a personal mentor. You would be able to book time with your personal Learning Coach to see how you are progressing with your studies. They will also conduct livestream workshops, provide tips, and help you with any problem areas. 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  

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

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 a Humanitarian SQE Scholarship (50% off SQE1 Prep course fees). You can find out all the latest information and how to apply here.

We also offer payment plans and finance options.

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BARBRI HeadStart

BARBRI HeadStart is our free careers platform for prospective students, graduates and others aspiring to a career in the legal industry. It offers valuable career-focused content to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to get ahead in your legal journey.

Once you are a BARBRI student, you will have access to CareerHub, which is our full-service careers portal.

What course is for me?

We know how difficult it is for non-lawyers and lawyers alike when they take the first step into becoming a solicitor so let us guide you through! Our courses have helped a variety of students successfully study for and pass legal exams, and our innovative Personal Study Plan (PSP) is tailored to meet the needs of everyone, regardless of their previous legal knowledge.

Non-law degree?

If you are a graduate from a non-law discipline, we recommend Foundations in Law, which is a short course which will provide you with the fundamentals needed to feel confident before starting your SQE1 Prep course.

Foundations in Law

Our 6-week online introduction course to English common law, perfect for professionals or as primer for those looking to start their SQE journey →

SQE1 Prep course

We offer in-depth SQE1 preparation course, available in various durations to suit your lifestyle. As a non-law student, we recommend the Flexible (40 weeks) course  →

Law degree?

As a law graduate, the new SQE route to qualification is your ticket. With BARBRI's super flexible online SQE preparation courses, you can learn while you earn. And knowing that we have 50 years of legal education experience, affordable fee structures and superb pass rates... You're in good hands.

SQE1 Prep course

Our in-depth SQE1 preparation course, available in various durations to suit your lifestyle: Flexible (40 weeks), Focused (20 weeks) and Accelerated (10 weeks) →

SQE Edge

Do you want to know more about the SQE1 assessment format?

SQE Edge has been designed to give you an insight into the SQE assessment format in the SQE1 exam, and to give you experience of how it differs from the types of assessments and exams that most undergraduates will have experienced so far in their education.

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Your SQE timeline...

Below are the upcoming SQE Prep course and exam dates:

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Do you have any questions?

Fill out the form and our student advisors will give you a call to talk you through all your questions and options.

Why choose BARBRI for the SQE?

1.4 million people have trusted and succeeded in their legal qualification with BARBRI, here's why:

Choose your own tempo

10, 20 or 40 weeks? It's your call. 

Online and on-demand

Bite sized lectures and interactive content.

Live online workshops

Interactive online sessions with other students

1:1 support

Your dedicated learning coach is with you every step of the way

"I am extremely impressed with the BARBRI SQE Prep course. The mock questions were very similar to those in the exam and the content BARBRI included on the course was extremely targeted, making revision effortlessly efficient."

Lauren Hancock, BARBRI SQE alumni

BARBRI's support for students

At BARBRI we have worked hard to create a supportive and encouraging student support community. If you choose to undertake your SQE Prep course with us, we’re confident that we can deliver everything you need to lead you to qualification success and help you progress your career in the legal industry. 

Student Support

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Funding Support

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Careers Support

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Our SQE Prep Faculty

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Take a look at our other free resources

Curious? Take a look at our prospectus, view our sample course materials and log into our learning platform for free to experience our Personal Study Plan (PSP)!

SQE1 Prep Preview

Experience the course for yourself through our SQE1 Prep preview. You can test out the online environment of the Personal Study Plan (PSP). Interact with its features, view examples of content and structure.

Download the SQE Prep Prospectus

Read our SQE Prep Prospectus to discover key information about the Solicitors Qualifying Exam and BARBRI.

SQE1 Sample Course Materials

Thinking about enrolling in the BARBRI SQE Prep course? Sample some of the materials and resources you’ll receive to prepare for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. 

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Come and talk to us!

Check out all the upcoming SQE Law and Career Fairs our team are attending.

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Do an LLM including SQE1 preparation

If you’re a law graduate looking to do a Master’s degree and your SQE1 prep at the same time (and use your student loan to cover the costs), enrol at one of these universities that have partnered with us to embed the BARBRI SQE1 Prep software in their LLM programme:

These Legal Practice LLM courses all include the BARBRI SQE Prep software, digital workbooks, video lectures, 3,000+ multiple choice questions with detailed explanatory answers and mock exams to help you prepare for your SQE1 examination, and an introduction to the legal skills tested in the SQE2 exam.

If you’re from a law faculty and you’d like to partner with BARBRI to embed the SQE in your degree programme, please reach out to Chris.Howard@barbri.com.

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