The University of Law welcomes first cohort onto new SQE Law Essentials Course

updated on 22 January 2021

The University of Law’s Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) Law Essentials Course – the precursor to the SQE preparatory course for non-law graduates – welcomed its first cohort of students on Monday.

The 16-week part-time course has been designed to prepare non-law graduates for the SQE1 preparation course by providing them with the essential legal knowledge required for SQE1. Students will then move on to the SQE2 preparation course.

After a short induction programme, students will complete a concentrated module covering the essentials of the English Legal System and Retained EU Law necessary for Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK). The other six academic modules for FLK will also be covered: contract law, tort law, constitutional and administrative law, criminal law, land law and trusts.

Professor Peter Crisp, pro-vice chancellor (external) at The University of Law said: “We are delighted to see our first students starting out on the new journey to qualifying as a solicitor. Studying law is a great decision setting a student up for an interesting and successful career in the legal profession or in business.”

Once successfully completed, non-law graduates will have the knowledge required to pass FLK modules in the SQE1 and SQE2 assessments. Students will also be able to apply this knowledge to focused factual scenarios which require basic application skills suitable for a 'Single Best Answer to Questions' style professional examination.

SQE1 vocational training must also be completed.