Full SQE prep + qualifying work experience

Our goal is simple. Innovative legal education that is affordable, accessible and flexible... for everyone.

At the Freedom Law Clinic we have spent the past five years delivering first class legal education. Now we’re bringing our expertise to the SQE, helping you to kickstart your career and qualify as a solicitor.

As well as learning the functional legal knowledge you need to pass the SQE1 exam, you will be working on real cases under the guidance of expert lawyers, gaining access to fascinating pro-bono casework that helps you develop the skills required for SQE 2. And while helping us to deliver vital pro bono assistance to clients who might otherwise be denied access to justice, you also build up Qualifying Work Experience (QWE).

The whole programme, including the QWE takes place online, so you can participate from anywhere in the world. And Our Pay As You Go pricing gives you maximum flexibility both in terms of budget and being able to pause and then restart your participation around other commitments.  

Flexible training to become a solicitor - £245 per month

Full SQE 1 and SQE 2 preparation course with Qualifying Work Experience

Starting 24th January 2022, April 2022, July 2022 and September 2022

For those aiming to take the SQE 1 exam in January 2023 or later

Our SQE course combines learning with practical work on active cases, helping students to simultaneously satisfy the requirement of SQE 1, SQE 2 and the Qualifying Work Experience (QWE). 

Click here for an overview of the syllabus and topic areas for SQE 1.

We also use a hybrid approach to learning, through a mixture of live seminars, recorded lectures, digital learning materials and live skills workshops. 

All students will be in touch with their supervising solicitor and the wider clinic team through weekly Zoom sessions as well as day-to-day contact on casework.

Further QWE opportunities will be available upon completion of the SQE 1 exam.

Anticipated time commitment – 30 hours per week plus personal study time

January start - £245 per month for 12 months (£2,940 total)

Enrol by 14th January

Criminal law - SQE and qualifying work experience programme [short course]

Starting 24th January 2022, April 2022, July 2022 and September 2022

For those on undergraduate programmes or studying with other SQE providers

If you are interested in a career in criminal law but are following an SQE programme with another provider, or are still studying at undergraduate level, you can still gain Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) through the clinic.

Our six-week short course provides you with hand on casework experience dealing with criminal defence work, as well as access to our criminal litigation module so that you can enhance your knowledge for SQE 1.

Once you have finished the programme, you have the option to upgrade to our main SQE-QWE programme (see above) at a discounted rate of £2590 (i.e. less the £350).

Anticipated time commitment – 10 hours per week plus personal study time

£350 one off fee

Questions? Join our weekly live SQE info session and Q&A

Register your email address to receive a link to access the sessions each Friday at 12:30 BST

Expert teaching
Weekly meetings with your supervisor as well as the clinic team so that you learn from a variety of different people
Practical skills workshops
Designed to help you think and act like a professional criminal lawyer and be able to respond to client needs
Your own client files
Take responsibility for your own client work and managing your client files
Learning with our digital school
A concise reference source, helping you to carry out your client work as well as enhancing your knowledge relevant statute and case law

Functioning legal knowledge for SQE

Below is a comprehensive list of the areas of law and practice, along with specific topics that constitute the functioning legal knowledge required in order to be fully prepared for the SQE 1 exams.

About the competence statement

  • SLK: Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • SRA standards and regulations
  • SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, Registers European Lawyer’s (REL’s) and Registered Foreign Lawyer’s (RFL’s)
  • SRA Code of Conduct for Firms including managers in authorised firms and compliance officers in authorised firms
  • SRA badge – the “clickable logo”
  • SRA enforcement strategy
  • Undertakings
  • SRA price transparency rules
  • Money laundering
  • Financial promotions – section 21 FSMA
  • SLK: Criminal Law and Practice
  • Core principles of criminal liability
  • Participation
  • Law, procedure and processes involved in advising a client at the police station
  • Evidence – At the Police Station
  • Law, procedure and processes involved in pre-trial considerations
  • Law, procedure and processes involved to meet the client’s objectives
  • Court Bail
  • Law, procedure and processes involved in magistrates’ court and Crown Court trials
  • Sentencing
  • Appeals
  • Road Traffic Offences
  • SLK: The Legal System of England and Wales
  • The Legal System of England and Wales
  • Sources of Law
  • SLK: Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Parliament and parliamentary sovereignty
  • Central government and accountability
  • The devolved institutions and their relationship with Westminster
  • Monarch and the Crown
  • Constitutional conventions
  • Prerogative powers
  • Parliamentary privilege
  • Legitimacy, separation of powers and the rule of law
  • Powers and procedures for the enactment of primary and secondary legislation
  • Powers and procedures for the implementation of primary and secondary legislation
  • Powers and procedures for the repeal of primary and secondary legislation
  • Public order:
  • Processions, Assemblies, and Breach of the Peace
  • SLK: Judicial ReviewNature, process and limits of judicial review
  • Supervisory nature
  • Remedies
  • Decisions which may be challenged
  • Time limits
  • Grounds: illegality, irrationality, procedural impropriety, and legitimate expectation
  • Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights
  • ss.2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 Human Rights Act 1998
  • Schedule 1 Human Rights Act 1998 the “Convention Rights”
  • SLK: EU Law
  • Sources of retained EU law
  • Categories/status/interpretation of retained EU law
  • Modification/withdrawal of retained EU law
  • Parliamentary sovereignty and retained EU law
  • SLK: Legal services
  • The regulatory role of the SRA
  • Principles and risk-based regulation
  • Reserved legal activities
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Other regulated providers of legal services
  • Overriding legal obligations
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Money laundering
  • Purpose and scope of anti-money laundering legislation including the international context
  • Where suspicions of money laundering should be reported in accordance with the legislation
  • The appropriate person or body to whom suspicions should be reported
  • The appropriate time for such reports to be made and the appropriate procedure to be followed
  • Direct involvement and non-direct involvement offences, and defences to those offences under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Due diligence requirementsFinancial services
  • The financial services regulatory framework including authorisation, and how it applies to solicitors’ firms
  • Recognition of relevant financial services issues, including the identification of specified investments, specified activities and relevant exemptions
  • Application of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and related secondary legislation to the work of a solicitor
  • Appropriate sources of information on financial services
  • Funding options for legal servicesPrivate retainer
  • Conditional fee arrangements
  • Damages based arrangements
  • Fixed fees
  • Eligibility for criminal and civil legal aid
  • Third party funding
  • Legal expenses insurance
  • SLK: Solicitors Accounts
  • Transactions involving client money and money belonging to the authorised body
  • Operation of ledgers and bank accounts
  • Basic transactions, including Bills
  • Payment of interest
  • Accounting for VAT
  • Breaches of the SRA Accounts Rules
  • Accounting entries required
  • Obtaining and delivery of accountants’ reports
  • Obligations regarding record-keeping
  • SLK: Contract
  • Existence/formation of a contract
  • Contents of a contract
  • Causation and remoteness
  • Vitiating elements
  • Discharge of contract and remedies
  • Unjust enrichment
  • SLK: Tort
  • Negligence
  • Remedies and defences
  • Occupier’s liability
  • Product liability
  • Nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher
  • SLK: Dispute Resolution
  • Analysis of Merits of Claim
  • Analysis of merits of defence
  • Judgement in default
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration, mediation and litigation as an appropriate mechanism to resolve a dispute
  • Other ADR types
  • ADR and professional conduct
  • Pre-action considerations and steps
  • Choice of court
  • Funding and fee arrangements
  • Commencing, responding to or progressing a claim
  • Statements of case
  • Interim applications
  • Injunctions
  • Settlement and Part 36 offers
  • Case management
  • The evidence needed and required in commencing, responding to, progressing or defending a claim
  • Disclosure
  • Privilege
  • Preparation of a case for a trial, the trial and any post trial steps.
  • SLK: Business Law and Practice
  • Choosing a business structure: company, partnership, LLP or as a sole trader
  • Setting up a company
  • Joint ventures
  • Partnerships
  • Company decision making to ensure compliance with legal and statutory requirements
  • Directors
  • Business management to ensure compliance with legal and statutory requirements
  • Interests in proposed or existing transactions
  • Substantial property transactions
  • Loans to directors
  • Quasi-loans and credit transactions
  • Share capital
  • Allotment of shares and pre-emption rights
  • Own share purchase and redemption
  • Share transfers
  • Equity finance and debt finance
  • Taxation of a business and its stakeholders
  • Termination of a solvent business
  • Corporate insolvency
  • Personal bankruptcy
  • SLK: Property Law and Practice
  • Key elements of a freehold and/or leasehold residential or commercial property transaction
  • Investigation of registered and unregistered freehold and/or leasehold title
  • The general prohibition – section 19 FSMA
  • Steps to progress a freehold and/or leasehold transaction to exchange of contracts
  • Pre-completion steps in relation to freehold and/or leasehold property transactions
  • Completion and post-completion steps in relation to freehold and/or leasehold property transactions
  • Remedies for delayed completion
  • Grant and the assignment of a commercial lease and the law relating to their breach
  • Key lease covenants in a commercial lease and the law relating to their breach
  • Security of tenure under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Part II
  • Taxation of property transactions
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Land Transaction Tax
  • Value Added Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • SLK: Land Law
  • Registered and unregistered land
  • Freehold and leasehold estates
  • Legal interests in land
  • Equitable interests in land
  • Landlord and tenant
  • SLK: Wills and the Administration of Estates
  • Will basics and property establishment
  • Distribution and validation of testate, intestate and partially intestate estates
  • Distribution under intestacy rules
  • Law and practice in connection with an application for a grant of representation
  • Law and practice of Inheritance Tax in relation to lifetime gifts and transfers on death
  • Planning, management and progression of the administration of an estate
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Law and Practice relating to personal representatives and trustees in the administration of estates and consequent trusts
  • Rights, powers, and remedies of beneficiaries of wills and consequent trusts
  • SLK: Trusts
    Express trusts
  • Implied trusts
  • Fiduciary relationships/duties
  • Trustees’ duties
  • Trustees’ powers
  • Trustees’ liability
  • Equitable remedies

Freedom Law Clinic is a Community Interest Company registered (10227294) in England. That means that any profit we make goes straight back in to providing more legal education and assistance to clients in line with our mission statement.


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