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.
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
* Participants in our July cohort receive a discount as they will be participating in our pilot programme where we road test and refine some of our new materials and the way in which we deliver the programme.
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
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
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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