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4. SQE2 Unveiled: What You Need to Know

As the legal landscape continues to evolve, so too does the way in which aspiring solicitors are assessed. The introduction of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a prime example of this evolution. SQE2, the second part of the exam, is the practical and skills-based assessment that candidates must complete in order to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales. In this blog post, we will dive deeper into SQE2 and highlight the key information you need to know.

What is SQE2?

SQE2 is the second part of the SQE assessment, consisting of a series of skills assessments designed to test a candidate’s ability to apply legal knowledge in practical situations. It covers five practice areas:

  1. Client interviewing and attendance notes
  2. Advocacy and oral presentation
  3. Legal research and written advice
  4. Legal drafting
  5. Case and matter analysis

These practice areas are designed to reflect the everyday tasks and responsibilities that solicitors undertake in their profession. By assessing candidates on these skills, the SQE aims to ensure that qualifying solicitors are competent and capable of performing their duties effectively.

What to expect in SQE2?

SQE2 is an assessment that combines both written and practical elements. Candidates will have to complete a series of tasks within each practice area. The tasks may include:

  • Conducting a client interview and preparing attendance notes
  • Delivering an oral presentation or conducting a mock hearing
  • Researching a legal issue and providing written advice
  • Drafting legal documents such as contracts, pleadings, or correspondence
  • Analysing a case or matter and identifying relevant legal issues

These tasks are designed to assess a candidate’s ability to apply legal knowledge and skills to a range of real-life scenarios. The tasks will be based on fictitious case scenarios, allowing candidates to demonstrate their understanding and application of the law.

Preparing for SQE2

Preparing for SQE2 requires a structured approach and a solid understanding of the practice areas covered. To help you in your preparation, we have a range of resources available:

By leveraging these resources and adopting a targeted approach to your preparation, you can improve your chances of success in SQE2.


SQE2 is a critical part of the SQE assessment, evaluating candidates’ practical legal skills across five practice areas. By understanding what to expect and preparing effectively, you can increase your chances of passing this crucial stage of the qualification process.

Remember to make use of the resources we have provided, including theConquer the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) in SQE1, Interactive mock tests for SQE: Enhancing engagement and learning, SQE Sample Papers: Practice for Exam Success, Focus Areas in SQE1 and SQE2: Mastering Key Concepts, and Adjusting Your SQE Strategy Based on Mock Performance articles to enhance your preparation and increase your chances of success in SQE2.