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Our new MA Law (SQE1) is a law conversion course and includes our SQE1 Preparation Course, which prepares students for the SQE1 assessments. The course is designed for non-law graduates who want to qualify as a solicitor and gain a legal qualification at Master’s level.
As an internationally recognised qualification, a Law Master’s is a great addition to your portfolio. With a strong level of support from the start, as well as four weeks guaranteed Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) within our Legal Advice Clinics. This course is a great introduction to law if you hold an undergraduate degree in another discipline. Successful completion of the MA Law (SQE1) also qualifies you to progress on to study the SQE2 Preparation Course to become a solicitor.
Pass first time or study for free
We’re so confident in our SQE courses that, if you don’t pass SQE1, you can repeat our Exam Preparation Course for free, as many times as you need.*
International Students: we are no longer accepting applications from people who need a Student Route visa for full-time courses that start before January 2024.
An undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in any discipline (or equivalent).Entry requirements
September 2023See all Start Dates
If you're looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?
Our MA Law (SQE1) is a conversion course designed for non-law graduates. On successful completion of this course, including the SQE1 assessments, you will gain an internationally recognised Master’s qualification.
Although there is no longer a formal requirement for qualification as a solicitor, this course will give learners the academic legal knowledge they need (as part of Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) for SQE1) and will encourage learners to think like a lawyer from the start.
This MA Law conversion course also develops the key professional skills and behaviours required by lawyers, alongside skills required to pass professional examinations for qualification as a solicitor. In all modules there is a focus on combining knowledge and understanding of core areas of law with the ability to analyse, evaluate and form critical judgements about the law. Study is centred on practical activities that enable students to learn by doing to help them thrive as a lawyer in a work environment.
Many employers value the combination of a non-law undergraduate area of expertise combined with the solid grounding in core legal principles and legal skills, provided by a law conversion course.
Why choose the MA LAW (SQE1) course?
Our years of experience in training more practising lawyers in the UK than any other law school has helped our students go on to succeed in law, business, politics and more. We believe in training students for the real world from the moment they accept a place with us.
When you book this course, you’ll get our SQE1 Exam Preparation Course for free. This short, intensive revision course will ensure you’re confident and fully prepared for the SQE1 assessments.
This document explains the demands of the MA Law course in order to assess your ability for the course.
PGDL, MA Law (Conversion) and MA Law (SQE1) Programme Demands ➔
The Law & Constitution Module element requires 25 hours of pre-course study in English Legal System & Constitutional Law (including Retained EU Law), through guided module units with all materials provided online.
The modules you’ll study during the course are:
This course develops the key intellectual and personal skills required by lawyers, alongside skills required to pass professional examinations for qualification as a solicitor.
All modules focus on combining knowledge and understanding of core areas of law with the ability to analyse, evaluate and form critical judgements about the law. Study is centred on practical activities that enable students to learn by doing. Workshops involve students completing further practice based tasks, including an application of FLK to Single Best Answer Questions (SBAQs).
Alongside academic modules, students will engage in a Skills and Behaviours module, allowing you to recognise and develop key professional and personal attributes necessary to thrive as a lawyer in a work environment, and to manage your career.
The SQE1 Preparation Course will also prepare you for the SQE1 assessments, which will test your FLK.
On successful completion of this course, including the SQE1 assessments, you will gain an internationally recognised Master’s qualification.
Study MA Law (SQE1) Online starting September 2023 or January 2024
As part of the new SQE route to practice, you must complete two years of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) which can be completed with up to four employers.
For all students on this course, we’re offering you the chance to complete four weeks of QWE within our Legal Advice Clinics*.
You’ll get the opportunity to work on a range of real-life cases by providing free legal advice and representation to members of the public.
Throughout the programme you’ll get to put the theory and skills you have learnt into practice. You’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to deal with a number of processes such as triaging, conflict checks, familiarisation with Case Management Systems, client meetings and interviews, drafting letters, research and ensuring solicitor competencies.
At each stage you will be closely supervised by a qualified Supervising Solicitor to ensure what you are doing and the advice you are giving is correct.
*On enrolment to the course, you’ll get the opportunity to opt-in to complete QWE within our Legal Advice Clinics.
We offer a number of law conversion courses, which offer you a pathway to progress onto become a solicitor or barrister.
View our law conversion guide to make the best choice for you and your career.
You can also study this course online.
The online version of this course covers the same content as the on campus version, while still offering you the same high level of professional tutor support.
If you’re looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?
With so many options for how and where you can study the MA Law (SQE1), you can be sure to find a start date and study option to suit your needs.
All modules will incorporate 40% examination by Single Best Answer Questions (SBAQs) to support any future progress onto SQE1 assessment.
The other 60% will vary according to the module. These will include:
SQE1 will be assessed by centralised assessments introduced by the SRA, not by the University of Law. These assessment are an essential requirement to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. Students will sit multiple practice tests throughout the programme to help prepare for these assessments.
You will sit your SQE assessments at Pearson VUE test centres in the UK and internationally. For details on how to book, pay and receive your results for your SQE assessments, as well as request any reasonable adjustments, please visit the SRA website on https://sqe.sra.org.uk.
Please note: you must successfully pass the external SQE1 assessments, and provide us with your results, to receive a Master’s award.
We care about your career, which is why we offer support with job applications and other work experience opportunities as soon as you accept your place.Discover more
If you’d like to study full-time you can apply through CAB. For part-time study you can apply directly with us.
2023/24 Course Fees:
See the full fee schedule for the MA Law (SQE1) here.
Introductory offer: We’re so confident in our SQE courses that, if you don’t pass SQE1, you can repeat our Exam Preparation Course for free, as many times as you need.**
When you book this course, you’ll get our SQE1 Exam Preparation Course for free - saving you £500.
Study manuals: eBooks are included in the course fee, and you’ll receive a 50% discount if you’d like to purchase print versions.
Please note: The SQE assessment fee is not included in this course fee.
If you’re a ULaw alumnus, you may be eligible to receive our £500 General Alumni Discount.
We also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available, which makes studying with us more affordable than ever.
You could also be eligible for a postgraduate student loan.
We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.
If you are an international student and are coming to the UK to study, then you must apply to the Home Office for a visa. In most cases you will need to obtain a Student Route visa. In order to apply for this visa you must be sponsored by an education provider which is licensed by the UK Home Office.
The Home Office has also introduced a Graduate Work visa which allows Graduates to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career in the UK for 2 years post completion of a UK degree. The Graduate route is an unsponsored visa, meaning students will not need a job offer to apply for this visa.
Please note that the University does not currently provide visa sponsorship to students for part-time study. We also cannot sponsor students for online courses due to Home Office regulations.
For MA Law (SQE1) September 2022 international students:
If you are an international student coming to the UK to study the MA Law (SQE1) in September 2022, due to the timings of the completion of the course, your Student Route visa will not allow you to stay in the UK for the duration of the course and you will not receive a final result until after your Student Route visa has expired, which means you will not be eligible to apply for a Graduate Work visa. Therefore you should not apply for this course.
Instead, please apply for the MA Law (SQE1) in January 2023. This course will allow you enough time to complete your studies, and receive confirmation of that outcome, to be eligible to apply for a Graduate Route visa.