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Full video: The SQE assessments: how challenging are they?

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BPP University Law School experts join a current SQE student to discuss the skills required to succeed

With the Solicitors Qualifying Exam’s (SQE) assessments differing from that of its predecessor, the Legal Practice Cours (LPC), it is important that students understand what this means for them when embarking on their legal careers.

In the video (above) from our recent virtual event, former solicitors and legal education experts, alongside a current SQE student and future trainee, from BPP University Law School discussed how the SQE is assessed, the key skills needed to succeed, as well as analysing SQE sample questions.


The event featured:

• Jonny Hurst, BPP’s Head of Outreach and former City law firm partner
• Caroline Rayson, SQE 1 Award Lead at BPP and former solicitor at Ashurst and Osborne Clarke
• Kathleen O’Reilly, Head of Law at BPP Bristol and former solicitor
• Callum MartinMacfarlanes BPP Scholarship recipient on the LLM SQE1 and 2
• Laura Bains, Programme Lead at BPP and former practitioner

Find out more about studying for the SQE at BPP University Law School

The speakers first discussed the SQE pathway to qualifying as a solicitor, explaining the different stages to attendees. They then ran through the assessments for SQE 1 and 2, discussing what skills are assessed, the format of the assessments, as well as the fees. They also ran attendees through a number of sample SQE1 multiple-choice-questions and discussed the challenges with SQE 2 assessments.

Legal Cheek is running ‘The SQE series’ with BPP University Law School over the next few months. The video of each session will be made available one month after each virtual event together with further FAQs arising from each session which experts from BPP are answering.

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