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Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 and SQE 2 Preparation Course

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Year Of Entry

2021
  • Level(s) of study: Professional
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning / Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 12 months Full-time / 24 months Distance learning


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Why choose this course?

Passing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 1 and SQE 2 are essential steps in your route to qualifying as a solicitor. The LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 and SQE 2 Preparation Course is designed to prepare you for both SQE assessments.

  • This course provides an opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised Masters qualification that is eligible for the UK Government postgraduate loan.
  • All our SQE preparation courses carry awards and are taught at Masters level.
  • This course provides you with everything you need to have the best opportunity to pass SQE whilst also developing the professional skills that really matter to employers.
  • You will be taught by our outstanding teaching team, all of whom are experienced legal professionals who will provide you with excellent and personalised teaching in a dynamic and interactive teaching environment.
  • Our tutors will work with you to develop your essential legal skills whilst also preparing you for an assessment in which you will draw on your existing substantive legal knowledge and learn how to blend it with procedure to solve practical legal problems.
  • You will also be supported to develop the five practical legal skills assessed in SQE 2.
  • You have the option to write a dissertation in an area of interest or select from a choice of electives to enhance your employability.
  • Opportunities for further practice and test the legal skills you acquire through mooting, negotiation, interviewing competitions to enhance your CV.
  • Opportunity for “hands on” experience to develop professional skills and gain experience in our regulated and multi award winning teaching law firm, the NLS Legal Advice Centre.

If you are not sure this is the right course for you, email us and one of our expert tutors will get in touch with you.

Find out more about our other SQE preparation courses.

Nottingham Law School will continue to offer the Full-Time LLM LPC and Part-Time LLM LPC in September 2021.

Why study at Nottingham Law School?

  • All our staff are experienced lawyers and you will benefit from their practical knowledge. Also you will benefit from our visiting lecturers.
  • We teach in as small groups as possible to encourage student participation.
  • Every student has a personal tutor. We get to know our students and support and encourage you in both your studies and in your employment applications at the start of your legal career.
  • We offer a multi-award-winning pro bono programme, including a Legal Advice Centre for the local community.
  • Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure a training contract or other legal employment. Applicants are invited to a careers event in June, so that you can benefit from working with our successful careers team.
  • The number of our graduates obtaining qualifying work experience or paralegal work is consistently high.
  • Studying with Nottingham Law School means that you have all the facilities a large Law School can offer plus the advantages of studying within a university environment which offers an outstanding library, IT, support, sports, language and student union services.
  • NTU is 1st for number of law students taking Professional Qualifications (HESA, 2019/20).

What you'll study

You will study the six subject areas which constitute SQE 1’s Functioning Legal Knowledge Assessments, integrating substantive law with procedural law and ethics.

The six subject areas are:

  1. Principles of Professional Conduct, Public and Administrative law and Solicitors’ Accounts and the Legal Systems of England and Wales;
  2. Dispute Resolution in Contract and Tort;
  3. Business Law and Practice;
  4. Wills and the Administration of Estates and Trusts;
  5. Criminal Law and Practice;
  6. Property Practice

You will also study the five practical legal skills which constitute SQE 2’s assessments, namely:

  • Client interviewing;
  • Advocacy;
  • Case and Matter Analysis;
  • Legal Research and Legal Writing;
  • Legal Drafting.

You will study the five legal skills in all of the following contexts:

  • Dispute Resolution in Contract and Tort;
  • Property Practice;
  • Business Law and Practice;
  • Criminal Law and Practice;
  • Wills and the Administration of Estates and Trusts

Prior to enrolling on the course, you will receive revision materials containing key principles of law applicable to the practice areas to be studied in this course and to be tested in SQE 1. Whilst there is no face to face teaching of these key principles of law you will be required to test your knowledge and understanding of them throughout the course by undertaking a number of MCQ’s and to build upon this using the resources provided.

As this course is at level 7, the course is designed to build upon the knowledge and understanding of the law and skills that have been gained at undergraduate level. This is achieved through the use of realistic case studies relating to the law and procedure in the context of Dispute Resolution, Property Law and Practice, Business Law and Practice, Criminal Law and Practice and Wills and the Administration of Estates and Trusts.

You will then complete either a dissertation of 6,000 word dissertation focusing on a topic of research based on legal practice or two online bespoke electives relevant to work in practice. You will have the benefit of a dedicated academic supervisor for your dissertation and will be able to request one-to-one meetings for guidance.

How you’re taught

The SQE 1 and SQE 2 preparation modules are delivered through an initial series of lectures in each subject area in order to enable a student to develop relevant basic knowledge and understanding. The lectures act as a stimulus to encourage involvement in the relevant knowledge and understanding and to develop independent learning.

You will also participate in regular two hour-long weekly workshops that are linked to the lectures yet which build on  students’ prior  knowledge and understanding of the law in a practical context. These workshops provide an opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding and to develop your skills through student-focussed debate and discussion, problem-solving, reasoned application of the relevant law, and analysis, synthesis and evaluation of each individual’s own learning.

E-learning activities will be integrated within the programme of study and will be designed to encourage interaction with learning and to provide opportunities to confirm understanding. In particular, students will be given a considerable number of formative assessments based on multiple choice questions at the beginning and throughout the first part of the course since this is the chosen mode of examination for the SQE 1.

SQE 2 preparation will take place after you have taken your SQE 1 centralised assessments. The teaching for these modules will be predominantly in small group sessions of two hours duration, through the vehicle of the case studies relevant to the specific subject areas, and with the tutor acting as facilitator. These skills-based activities will take place in smaller groups allowing for an individualised learning experience.

The sessions adopt and promote an action-based learning approach which can be described as “learning by doing”. You will undertake problem solving exercises, analyse case studies, take part in simulations, and actively engage in the subject matter.

You will prepare for these small group sessions by undertaking independent planning and research, directed reading and engaging with and reflecting upon online learning resources.

The course and curriculum are designed to ensure a progressive and integrated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills, to enable you to undertake the SQE 2 skills assessments.

The course and curriculum are designed to ensure a progressive and integrated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills, as well as the opportunity to obtain a Masters qualification alongside the preparation for the professional assessment. You will have the benefit of a dedicated academic supervisor for your dissertation and will be able to request one-to-one meetings for guidance. If you opt to undertake electives, these bespoke modules will be available asynchronously online making use of innovative educational technology to ensure a personalised and engaging learning journey.

For students studying the distance learning version of the course, seminars will take place over five weekends in year one and four weekends in year two. Innovative and engaging learning resources are provided between the teaching weekends.

Update 19/03/2021: Following the recent announcement from the Solicitors Regulation Authority regarding changes to the examination dates, there may be some changes to the delivery of the course. Please continue to check the course page for details.

Careers and employability

We have a dedicated Employability team who will support you in your search for Qualifying Work Experience and other opportunities.

At Nottingham Law School we don't view our courses in isolation. We ensure we provide the support required to give you the best possible start to your legal career:

  • Our Employability team provide seminars with advice about applications and interview techniques.
  • We will review your applications and formulate individual career plans. We also provide a practical interview preparation service.
  • We provide a mentoring scheme with trainees from local law firms to provide support and guidance and a personal view of what to expect from life in the profession.
  • Employability and commercial awareness are given appropriate focus, which provides a true bridge into practice.
  • We maintain regular contact with firms specialising in all areas of law.

Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure qualifying work experience or other legal employment.

Entry requirements

Students who enrol on this course will normally be required to have a recent minimum 2:2 undergraduate law degree to include a pass in each of the 7 foundations of law in England and Wales or a 2:2 undergraduate degree and have recently acquired the equivalent knowledge and level of attainment of these 7 foundations of law through a recognised course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact Nottingham Law School.

Students who enrol on this course will normally be required to have a recent minimum 2:2 undergraduate law degree to include a pass in each of the 7 foundations of law in England and Wales or a 2:2 undergraduate degree and have recently acquired the equivalent knowledge and level of attainment of these 7 foundations of law through a recognised course.

English language requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is currently a requirement that they have IELTS academic test grade of 6.5 with minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact Nottingham Law School.

How to apply

Applications for this course are made online via the Central Applications Board. For further information on application you can also contact the Central Applications Board at:

Central Applications Board
PO Box 84
Guildford
Surrey
GU13 1YX

Telephone: +44 (0)1483 301282

Application closing date

Please note this course can reach its maximum capacity prior to the course start date, which will result in early closure. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Applications for this course are made online via the Central Applications Board. For further information on application you can also contact the Central Applications Board at:

Central Applications Board
PO Box 84
Guildford
Surrey
GU13 1YX

Telephone: +44 (0)1483 301282

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page

For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Application closing date

Please note this course can reach its maximum capacity prior to the course start date, which will result in early closure. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Home fees for 2021 entry

Study modeHome fees
Full-time (1 year)£11,000
Distance learning (2 years)Year 1: £5,500
Year 2: £5,500*

*The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Discounts available

Launch discount£1,000
NTU alumni discount£1,000
University of Nottingham and University of Lincoln fee concession£750

Discounts are applicable to applications for 2021 entry only and are applied over the duration of the course. More details, including terms and conditions, can be found on the NLS funding page.

It should be noted that your fees for this preparation course do not include the costs of the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examination which is a centralised assessment prescribed by the SRA and which is external to the University award relating to this course.

The SRA’s fee for sitting the SQE assessment will be £1,558 (SQE 1) and £2,422 (SQE 2) for 2021/22.

Funding your studies

This course is eligible for the government postgraduate loan scheme.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

International / EU fees for 2021 entry

Study modeInternational / EU fees
Full-time (1 year)£11,000
Distance learning (2 years)Year 1: £5,500
Year 2: £5,500*

*The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Discounts available

Launch discount£1,000
NTU alumni discount£1,000
University of Nottingham and University of Lincoln fee concession£750

Discounts are applicable to applications for 2021 entry only and are applied over the duration of the course. More details, including terms and conditions, can be found on the NLS funding page.

It should be noted that your fees for this preparation course do not include the costs of the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examination which is a centralised assessment prescribed by the SRA and which is external to the University award relating to this course.

The SRA’s fee for sitting the SQE assessment will be £1,558 (SQE 1) and £2,422 (SQE 2) for 2021/22.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

NLS Enquiries
+44 (0)115 941 8418