What is the format of SQE1?
SQE1 must be completed before SQE2 can be taken, testing is through multiple-choice questions for both, with the addition of practical testing for SQE2.
What is tested and how are assessments undertaken?
SQE1 tests functioning legal knowledge (FLK). The exam has two parts - FLK1 and FLK2. SQE1 takes place over two non-consecutive days, and both FLK1 and FLK2 are single best answer multiple-choice tests.
The first stage, SQE1, covers “functioning legal knowledge”. It tests not just your knowledge of the law, but how you would apply it in real-life situations as a solicitor.
SQE1 is made up of two exams, each containing 180 multiple-choice questions which test how candidates would apply their legal knowledge, research and writing skills in real scenarios across different practice areas.
What specific areas of legal knowledge does SQE1 cover?
The first 180-question exam covers:
- business law and practice;
- dispute resolution;
- legal system of England and Wales; and
- constitutional and administrative Law and EU law and legal Services.
The second SQE1 exam covers:
- property practice;
- wills and the administration of estates;
- solicitors accounts;
- land law;
- trusts; and
- criminal law and practice.
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