‘How did you find the SQE?’
Aspiring solicitor seeks students’ experiences of new assessment
In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, an aspiring lawyer is keen find out other students’ experiences of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).
“I’m a final year law student who is planning to do the SQE later this year. I’ve read your recent stories about the SQE (CLLS urging law firms not dump trainees who fail and the latest SQE1 pass rate of 51%) and some comments saying it is more difficult than the LPC. I want to hear from anyone who has done the SQE already and what they made of it? Should I maybe do the LPC instead?”
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I’m planning to do the SQE later this year. I’m also keen to hear people’s thoughts.
I was in the first intake of students that sat SQE1 and passed first time. I don’t have a law degree and hadn’t done any law exams prior to that. I studied with The University of Law and did their SQE1 Law Essentials course as well as the SQE1 Preparation course. I studied part time and online so after work in the evening and on weekends. It is a huge amount of information that you need to know in order to pass and it takes up a lot of time. You have to be dedicated as a lot of the course was essentially self taught but ULaw had fantastic manuals and question banks with hundreds of practise questions per subject. I think I did thousands of SBA’s before I sat SQE1 and by the time I came to the exams never wanted to see another SBA again but it definitely helped as some of the fact patterns in the practise questions came up in some of those in the exam. So don’t be disheartened by the low pass rates of the recent exams. If you set your mind to it and you put in the work you can definitely pass SQE1. I can’t comment on SQE2 yet as I haven’t sat it but I am planning to start studying for that later this year.