Assessment topics

The SQE includes two assessments: SQE1 and SQE2.

SQE1 tests functioning legal knowledge (FLK). The exam has two parts - FLK1 and FLK2.

SQE2 assesses practical legal skills. It also has two parts: oral assessments and written assessments.

Learn more: Assessment information

SQE1

Functioning Legal Knowledge

FLK includes the subject areas listed below. It is assessed by single best answer multiple choice questions over a two-day period. Ethics and Professional Conduct will be examined across FLK1 and FLK2.

FLK1

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Contract
  • Tort
  • Legal System of England and Wales
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law and Legal Services

FLK2

  • Property Practice
  • Wills and the Administration of Estates
  • Solicitors Accounts
  • Land Law
  • Trusts
  • Criminal Law and Practice

In order to pass SQE1, you must achieve the overall pass mark for both FLK1 and FLK2. You will not pass SQE1 if you fail either FLK1 or FLK2.

All aspects of the SQE1 assessment are compulsory.

Learn more: SQE1 assessment specification

SQE2

Practical Legal Skills Assessments

The assessment topics for SQE2 are listed below. The assessment is taken over five days and involves a combination of written and oral based tasks. Ethics and professional conduct are assessed throughout.

You are are assessed on the following six skills:

  • Client interview and attendance note/legal analysis
  • Advocacy
  • Case and matter analysis
  • Legal research
  • Legal writing
  • Legal drafting

The practice areas in which these legal skills are assessed are:

  • Criminal Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Property Practice
  • Wills and Intestacy, Probate Administration and Practice
  • Business organisations rules and procedures

All aspects of the SQE2 assessment are compulsory.

Learn more: SQE2 assessment specification

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