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48. Upcoming SQE Changes: What Every Aspiring Solicitor Should Know

48. Upcoming SQE Changes: What Every Aspiring Solicitor Should Know

Attention all aspiring solicitors! Big changes are on the horizon for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SQE, set to replace the traditional route to qualification, is a two-part assessment designed to test the competence and skills of prospective solicitors. In this blog post, we will explore the upcoming changes to the SQE and provide you with key information to navigate this new landscape successfully.

The Structure of the SQE

The SQE is divided into two parts, SQE1 and SQE2. Let’s take a closer look at each part:


SQE1 assesses candidates on their functioning legal knowledge and examines their ability to apply this knowledge in practical scenarios. This part consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and written tasks. To better understand how to conquer the MCQs, check out our article on Conquering the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) in SQE1. It provides valuable strategies for efficient exam completion.

It’s important to note that SQE1 replaces the previous requirement of a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). This change allows aspiring solicitors to qualify regardless of their educational background.


SQE2 focuses on practical legal skills and requires candidates to demonstrate their ability to perform tasks often encountered in practice. This part consists of written tasks and oral assessments, testing skills such as client interviewing, advocacy, legal research, and case analysis. To gain more insights into real-life scenarios and applying knowledge, take a look at our article on SQE Case Studies: Applying Knowledge in Real-Life Scenarios. It provides guidance on how to apply your knowledge effectively.

Preparation Tips for the SQE

With these upcoming changes, it’s essential to adapt your preparation strategies to excel in the SQE. Here are a few tips to help you on your journey:

Mastering Time Management

The SQE is time-bound, and effective time management is crucial for success. Our article on Mastering Time Management in SQE: Strategies for Efficient Exam Completion provides practical advice on managing your time effectively during the exam.

Identifying Areas of Improvement

It’s important to analyze your mock exam results to identify areas where you can improve. Our article on Analyzing Mock Results for SQE: Identifying Areas of Improvement offers valuable insights on how to assess your performance and make necessary adjustments to enhance your chances of success.

Mastering Effective Revision Techniques

Revision is a key aspect of exam preparation. Our article on Mastering Effective Revision Techniques for SQE Success provides practical tips and techniques to help you revise efficiently and retain vital information.


The upcoming changes to the SQE present both challenges and opportunities for aspiring solicitors. By understanding the new structure and adapting your preparation strategies, you can position yourself for success. Stay tuned for more updates and guidance on how to navigate the SQE journey.