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4. Unveiling the SRA Syllabus for the SQE

Welcome to SQE Exam Law, your ultimate resource for all things related to the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). In this blog post, we will be discussing the SRA syllabus for the SQE and unveiling the key areas of knowledge that you need to focus on in order to succeed in this important exam.

What is the SRA Syllabus for the SQE?

The SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) has developed a comprehensive syllabus for the SQE, which outlines the key areas of legal knowledge and practical skills that aspiring solicitors must possess. The syllabus is divided into two stages: SQE1 and SQE2.


The SQE1 assesses candidates’ understanding of the foundation of legal knowledge. It covers subjects such as:

  • Contract law
  • Criminal law and practice
  • Property law and practice
  • Tort law and practice
  • Legal system of England and Wales

It is essential for candidates to have a strong grasp of these subjects in order to successfully navigate the SQE1 exam. To enhance your understanding of these topics, we recommend checking out our informative webinar series, “Unlocking Knowledge with SQE Webinars: Expert Insights at Your Fingertips”, where industry experts provide valuable insights and tips.


The SQE2 assesses candidates’ ability to apply legal knowledge and skills in the context of realistic legal scenarios. The subjects covered in SQE2 include:

  • Business law and practice
  • Criminal litigation
  • Property practice and litigation
  • Wills and administration of estates
  • Dispute resolution

To excel in SQE2, it is crucial to not only have a strong theoretical foundation but also be able to apply your legal knowledge to practical situations. Our blog post, “Conquer the SQE: Insider Tips and Study Tricks for Success”, provides valuable strategies and study tricks to help you prepare effectively for this stage of the exam.

Understanding the Assessment Methods

The SRA has introduced a new assessment method for the SQE, aimed at testing candidates’ competence in practical legal skills. The assessment methods include:

  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Written responses
  • Role play assessments
  • Oral presentations
  • Practical legal skills assessments

It is particularly important to pay attention to role play assessments as they test your ability to apply legal knowledge and skills in realistic scenarios. To gain valuable insights and tips on how to excel in role play assessments, we suggest reading our article, “Role Play Assessments in SQE: Tips for Nailing the Practical Skills”.

How to Use the SRA Syllabus for Effective Study Planning

Now that we have discussed the key areas of the SRA syllabus for the SQE, let’s explore how you can use this syllabus to devise an effective study plan. Time management is crucial when preparing for the SQE, and our article on “Time Management for SQE: Strategies for Efficient Study Planning” offers valuable tips and strategies to optimize your study schedule.

It is also important to understand how exams are evaluated in the SQE. The article on the “Grading System in SQE: Understanding How Exams are Evaluated” provides insights into the grading criteria used by the SRA, helping you to better align your study efforts to maximize your chances of success.

In conclusion, the SRA syllabus for the SQE is a comprehensive guide that outlines the key areas of legal knowledge and practical skills candidates need to excel in the exam. By understanding the syllabus and utilizing the resources and tips provided by SQE Exam Law, you can effectively plan your study and increase your chances of success. Good luck!