Since 2015 we have been delivering first class legal education. Now we’re bringing our innovative approach to the SQE, helping you to kickstart your legal career and qualify as a solicitor.
As well as learning the functioning legal knowledge you need to pass the SQE 1 exams, 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 restart your participation around other commitments.
Our SQE preparation programme is designed to allow you to balance training to become a solicitor with other work, life and caring commitments. You have the full flexibility to study at your own pace, to pause your participation if necessary or to change plans completely.
*To enrol as a solicitor you will need to demonstrate the equivalent of two years full-time equivalent of Qualifying Work Experience, which can all be completed with the clinic, although obviously not within 12 months.
The knowledge component of the programme covers all of the topics required for the SQE 1 exams. Consisting of 360 multiple choice questions, the SQE 1 tests your understanding of the key concepts in a number of practice areas, as well as the fundamental principals that underpin our legal system.
Each month we release new module materials, along with mock questions so that you can work with other students, course tutors and the clinic team to enhance your own knowledge and develop the skills required to answer a diverse range of questions in a timed examination.
Rather than working on fictitious scenarios, we use client casework as the opportunity for you to hone your oral and written skills. Combined with live skills workshops and regular casework meetings, we help you to improve your case and matter analysis so that you can address your client’s needs.
The casework you undertake counts as Qualifying Work Experience and will be signed off at the end of the programme.
Students are assigned to client cases in groups and then expected to manage their own individual workload both to support clients and gain experience of the many and varied tasks they are likely to encounter in practice.
We consider 30 hours a week working on client cases to be full-time equivalent, when coupled with studying and your general participation in the clinic. You do not have to undertake the full 30 hours each week and can adapt this to your circumstances and QWE will then be signed off pro rata. All students are expected to evidence their work, amongst other things through supervision and attendance notes.
Further QWE opportunities will be available upon completion of the SQE 1 exams.
All casework is completed remotely.
Students work on a variety of different cases ranging from criminal defence and appeals work, through to fitness to practise, civil liberties cases (particularly involving free speech) and also work helping individuals facing fixed penalty notices.
No, the new SQE route to practice simply requires that you have a Level 6 qualification – which is normally equivalent to a degree. This can be in any subject as the fundamentals of the legal system of England and Wales are now incorporated into the SQE programme and assessment.
It depends. Completing the LPC means that you will normally be exempt from SQE 1, but will still need to do the Qualifying Work Experience and pass the SQE 2 assessment in order to enrol as a solicitor through the SQE route. You can undertake QWE and SQE 2 preparation with us.
Yes, however the fee remains the same. You are free to pick and choose which parts of the programme you engage with, including just focussing on gaining the necessary QWE. You can also choose how many QWE hours you do each week.
This will depend on your own time management skills and whether you are planning on undertaking QWE through the clinic. You can complete up to 30 hours per week of QWE, but should bear in mind the need for at least 10 hours per week of personal study time.
Almost all of our programme is offered remotely, so you can participate from anywhere in the world, so long as you have a stable internet connection. Meetings, tutorial and seminars take place via Zoom and day-to-day communications happen via our internal messaging system.
We charge £294 per month for 12 months, so £3,528 in total for all three components of the programme. Once you have made 12 payments, you do not pay anything else, but still retain access to the learning materials, live sessions, QWE until you have passed the SQE 1 and 2 assessments. You will need to pay any assessment fees direct to the SRA.
Not a problem. You can pause your participation and your payments temporarily and then just restart when you are ready. And if your plans change altogether, for example you decide that you no longer want to become a solicitor, you simply cancel your subscription and no further payments will be taken.
Unless you have completed pupillage and had a practising certificate, you are not exempt from any of the SQE assessments or QWE requirement. However, there will be a large portion of the course content which will already be familiar to you, so should make passing SQE 1 and SQE 2 easier.
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.
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