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SOLICITOR QUALIFYING EXAMINATION PART 2 (SQE2)

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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

We deliver individual training, as opposed to delivering training in large groups, where most legal trainees get lost, feel embarrassed to ask necessary questions or there is not sufficient time to interact with the legal trainer.

 

TUTORIALS

This simply means that we never have more than 4 (FOUR) students at any time in a tutorial.

 

This is to ensure that you get the maximum amount of training and guidance: Legal analysis; procedure; advocacy; document management; legal reading and research. This, we feel is essential and fundamental to first class legal training. This will ensure that you develop and master legal skills and acquire confidence going forward, in your career.

Furthermore, we will endeavour to see that any student who struggles, receives one to one tutorial so that they are not left behind.

 

LECTURES

These will be attended by no more than 30 (THIRTY) students at any given time so that questions can always be taken by the lecturer at the end of any lecture at least 30 minutes will be allowed for questions from students.

 

Excel Legal Education Ltd. has been delivering one-to-one method of tuition for years with the experience of having tutored students from all the law schools for the LPC and QLTS exams, with consistent and excellent results. Whether clients come to us prior to sitting exams or after having tried and failed…. we always deliver the best services and results for our clients.

We are invested in the outcome WITH our clients.

SOLICITOR QUALIFYING EXAMINATION PART 2

 

We are now accepting applicants for training, who wish to start training for SQE2:

 

Assessment window 1

SQE2 Written - 11th-13th April 2022 - Pearson VUE locations
SQE2 Oral -

First sitting: 19th-20th April 2022.

Second sitting: 21st-22nd April 2022 - Cardiff, London and Manchester*

You are only required to attend one sitting of the oral assessment and you will be able to select which sitting when booking opens, subject to availability.

Assessment booking opens at 10am on 25th January 2022
The booking deadline for this assessment window is 5pm on 7th March 2022

Assessment window 2

SQE2 Written - October 2022 - Pearson VUE locations
SQE2 Oral - October/November 2022 - Cardiff, London and Manchester*

Booking details to be confirmed.

N.B. Full syllabus will be given upon registration.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Kindly see overview below, which we encourage you to read as well as all the links provided.

Who is the SQE for | SQE | Solicitors Regulation Authority (sra.org.uk)

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Below is an overview provided by the SRA of the exam specification complete with the areas of law we will cover with you, for exam preparation.

For full information, please visit the SRA's SQ2 assessment specifications:

SQE2 assessment specification | SQE | Solicitors Regulation Authority (sra.org.uk)

Guidance on the SQE2 Assessment Specification

Overview of the SQE2 assessment

Legal skills assessments

The legal skills assessments in SQE2 are:

  • client interview and attendance note/legal analysis

  • advocacy

  • case and matter analysis

  • legal research

  • legal writing

  • legal drafting.

Further detail about each of these assessments is given in Assessments in SQE2.

Although there is no separate assessment called negotiation, all deliveries of SQE2 will contain at least one assessment involving negotiation. Negotiation may be assessed in either interview and attendance note/legal analysis and/or case and matter analysis and/or legal writing.

Practice areas

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

  • Criminal Litigation (including advising clients at the police station)

  • Dispute Resolution

  • Property Practice

  • Wills and Intestacy, Probate Administration and Practice

  • Business organisations, rules and procedures (including money laundering and financial services).

Questions in these practice areas may draw on underlying black letter law in the Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) as follows:

  • Criminal Litigation: Criminal liability

  • Dispute Resolution: Contract law and tort

  • Property Practice: Land law

  • Wills and Intestacy, Probate Administration and Practice: Trusts

  • Business organisations, rules and procedures: Contract law.

Professionalism and ethics will be core parts of SQE2. Questions on ethics will be pervasive throughout SQE2. Ethical issues will not be flagged and candidates will need to identify any ethical and professional conduct issues and exercise judgment to resolve them honestly and with integrity.

Questions involving taxation may arise in Property Practice; Wills and Intestacy, Probate Administration and Practice; and Business organisations, rules and procedures.

Detail of the examinable content covered is given in Annex 1. Property Practice is under the headings freehold and leasehold real estate law and practice and core principles of planning law. Annex 1 is a sub-set of the FLK in SQE1. For the avoidance of doubt the legal system of England and Wales, constitutional and administrative law and EU law, legal services (apart from money laundering and financial services) and solicitors’ accounts are not examined in SQE2. Money laundering and financial services are examinable in the context of business organisations, rules and procedures.

Organisation and delivery

For practical purposes SQE2 is divided into two parts as follows:

SQE2 oral

The assessments in SQE2 oral are:

  • Interview and attendance note/legal analysis

  • Advocacy.

SQE2 oral will take place over two half days. The following table shows the assessments candidates will undertake on each of the days. Candidates will take a total of four oral legal skills assessments.

Day 1

Advocacy (Dispute Resolution)

Interview and attendance note/legal analysis (Property Practice)

Day 2

Advocacy (Criminal Litigation)

Interview and attendance note/legal analysis (Wills and Intestacy, Probate Administration and Practice)

Please note that different candidates may complete the assessments in different orders. Candidates may therefore start with either the interview and attendance note/legal analysis or the advocacy.

Further details of the assessments are available in Assessments in SQE2 as follows: Client interviewing and completion of attendance note/legal analysis and Advocacy.

SQE2 written

The assessments in SQE2 written are:

  • Case and matter analysis

  • Legal research

  • Legal writing

  • Legal drafting

SQE2 written takes place over three half-days. You will take a total of 12 written legal skills assessments.

Day 1

Case and matter analysis

Legal drafting

Legal research

Legal writing

Two of these exercises will be in the context of Dispute Resolution and two will be in the context of Criminal Litigation.

Day 2

Case and matter analysis

Legal drafting

Legal research

Legal writing

Two of these exercises will be in the context of Property Practice and two will be in the context of Wills and Intestacy, Probate Administration and Practice.

Day 3

Case and matter analysis

Legal drafting

Legal research

Legal writing

You will sit all assessments in the context of Business Organisations, Rules and Procedures.

You may complete the assessments in a different order to that listed.

Further details of the assessments are available in Assessments in SQE2 as follows: Case and matter analysis, Legal research, Legal writing and Legal drafting

Marking SQE2

Overview

The interviewing station will be marked by the assessor playing the role of the client and will be marked on skills only. The attendance note and all other stations will be marked by a solicitor who will assess candidates on both skills and application of law.

The assessment criteria against which candidates will be judged in each of the six types of legal skills stations are provided at Assessments in SQE2 below. Performance in each of these criteria will be assessed on a scale from A – F by trained assessors making global professional judgments related to the standard of competency of the assessment1 as follows:

  • Superior performance: well above the competency requirements of the assessment

  • Clearly satisfactory: clearly meets the competency requirements of the assessment

  • Marginal pass: on balance, just meets the competency requirements of the assessment

  • Marginal fail: on balance, just fails to meet the competency requirements of the assessment

  • Clearly unsatisfactory: clearly does not meet the competency requirements of the assessment

  • Poor performance: well below the competency requirements of the assessment.

This grading will then be converted into numerical marks such that A = 5 marks and F = 0 marks.

The marking criteria for each of the stations has been divided into marks for skills and marks for application of law. In arriving at a final mark for the candidate across all assessments, skills and application of law are weighted equally. This is to make sure that adequate weighting is given to the quality of the advice provided.

Level of legal detail required

In demonstrating that they have reached the standard of competency of a Day One Solicitor, candidates will need to demonstrate that they can apply fundamental legal principles in the skills based situations covered by SQE2 in a way that addresses the client’s needs and concerns. They will need sufficient knowledge to make them competent to practise on the basis that they can look up detail later. Candidates will not be expected to know or address detail that a Day One Solicitor would look up, unless they have been provided with that detail as part of the assessment materials. See also the legal materials section below. Sample questions and indicative answers will be published on the SQE website.

Application of law

The assessment criteria for SQE2 refer to correct and comprehensive application of law. The following is a non-exhaustive list of what this may include:

  • Identifying relevant legal principles

  • Applying legal principles to factual issues, so as to produce a solution which best addresses a client’s needs and reflects the client’s commercial or personal circumstances, including as part of a negotiation

  • Interpreting, evaluating and applying the results of research

  • Ensuring that advice is informed by appropriate legal analysis and identifies the consequences of different options

  • Drafting documents which are legally effective

  • Applying understanding, critical thinking and analysis to solve problems

  • Assessing information to identify key issues and risks

  • Recognising inconsistencies and gaps in information

  • Evaluating the quality and reliability of information

  • Using multiple sources of information to make effective judgments

  • Reaching reasoned decisions supported by relevant evidence.

Correct and comprehensive application of law

The assessment criteria for application of law refer to legally correct and legally comprehensive. How each of these is interpreted will depend on an academic judgment about each assessment informed by the Statement of Solicitor Competence (Annex 3) and the Functioning Legal Knowledge for SQE2 (Annex 1). For instance, in an assessment where the candidate has to identify the legal issues, credit for this might be given under legally comprehensive. Where the legal issues are made explicit in the question, credit under legally comprehensive might be awarded for giving a comprehensive analysis of those issues, not just for identifying them.

Clear, precise, concise and acceptable language

The assessment criteria for the written skills refer to clear, precise, concise and acceptable language. This may include:

  • Using clear, succinct and accurate language and avoiding unnecessary technical terms where they are not appropriate to the recipient

  • Using an acceptable style of communication for the situation and recipient.

Passing SQE2

In order to pass SQE2 candidates must obtain the overall pass mark for SQE2. For the avoidance of doubt please note that there is not a separate pass mark for SQE2 oral and SQE2 written. There is one pass mark for SQE2 as a whole. For details of how the pass mark is set see the Marking and Moderation Policy (this will be made available in the future).

Legal materials

For all stations except legal research, candidates will be provided, as part of their assessment materials, with materials that a Day One Solicitor would look up.

Candidates will need sufficient knowledge to make them competent to practise on the basis that they can look up detail later. Candidates will not be expected to know or address detail that a Day One Solicitor would look up, unless they have been provided with that detail as part of their assessment materials. However, legal materials will only be provided where it is considered that a Day One Solicitor would need to refer to those materials. Sample questions and indicative answers will be published on the SQE website. For detail on the legal research assessment see Legal research.

Any other materials, such as books and notes, cannot be brought into or used during the assessments.

Assessments in SQE2

Annex 1 – Functioning Legal Knowledge for SQE2

Annex 2 – Threshold Standard

Annex 3 – Statement of Solicitor Competence

Annex 4 – SQE2 skills mapping against the SoSC

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