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SQE

Solicitors Qualifying Examination

Oxford University Press is the only publisher to offer a suite of legal resources that take a student from day one of their undergraduate law course through to their professional career and beyond. The advent of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) doesn’t change that; in fact, it gives us the opportunity to further develop both our undergraduate and vocational publishing.

Key points

  • The SQE is a new route to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales. It replaces the Legal Practice Course (LPC), a postgraduate, practical course.
  • Rather than specifying a course, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are putting in this centralised assessment to improve consistency and access to the profession.
  • They are not specifying how candidates should prepare for the assessment.
  • The SQE is divided into two assessments SQE I (on functioning legal knowledge) and SQE II (on professional skills).
  • SQE I is due to be offered for the first time in autumn 2021.

Our publishing plans

We will be expanding our law list to cater for the changes brought about by the SQE. You can read more about them on the following pages:

  • Our undergraduate response ‐ the Principles to Practice series: textbooks in the core areas of the curriculum which respond to the more practical nature of teaching. Find out more >>
  • Our response for specific SQE preparation - developing content designed to support SQE part I preparation, which will map closely to the SRA’s assessment specification. An online bank of sophisticated MCQs will also be available, written by experts in assessment and question writing. Find out more >>
  • Our provision for SQE II preparation – what we provide here will largely be informed by our ongoing research with the market and law firms. If your institution intends on providing an SQE part II prep course we’d love to hear from you. Email Angela Griffin

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