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MA Law (SQE1) Online

Our new online 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 SQE1 Exam Preparation Course for free up to two further times.*


*See Terms and Conditions for full details

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in any discipline (or equivalent).

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Entry requirements

Duration options

Up to 15 months (full-time online)

Up to 26 months (part-time online)

Next start date

September 2024

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You can apply directly with The University of Law to study one of our online courses.

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Our online MA Law ➜

Receive four weeks of guaranteed Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) within our Legal Advice Clinics and put your theory into practice working on real-life cases.

Study when and where you want and access world-class learning materials, including our unique methods of online engagement and unrivalled online lecturer support.

78% of our students passed the January 2024 SQE1 assessments first time, compared to the industry average first attempt pass rate of 59%*


Course Details

MA Law (SQE1) Online

Our online 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 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. Through studying another degree subject, and building your career in a different discipline, you will have gained many transferable skills. By choosing law at a later stage, you are showing motivation and determination to pursue a new career.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn to think like a lawyer and develop practical legal skills through practical workshops and problem-based learning.
  • Be ready to progress your legal training – this course includes the SQE1 Preparation Course which will prepare you for the SQE1 assessments. Once you complete this course, you will then be ready to progress onto our SQE2 Preparation Course.
  • The Law of Organisations module focuses on company and partnership law - ideal for preparation for your late studies and practice.
  • With one of the largest legal careers services in the UK, ULaw gives you the support and the Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) opportunities you need to make the best start in your legal career.
  • Experience of working in practice. You’ll learn in the context of our virtual law firm, ULaw LLP. ULaw LLP replicates the working environment of a law firm and students perform real world tasks on simulated cases, deals and transactions, as if they were in the office.
  • Brand new resources, developed specifically for SQE by our expert lecturers. You’ll be provided with all course materials, including:
    • an extensive bank of practice exam questions
    • ULaw SQE – our intelligent revision app provides practice tests and feedback
    • brand new online study manuals.
  • In depth guidance and support from our experienced lecturers, who will monitor your progress and give feedback using predictive analytics, so you’ll know where to focus.
  • Taught by qualified lawyers, with lectures and practical workshops to develop your legal skills, so you’ll know what to expect in a real-life work environment.
  • Enjoy flexible study – studying at our online campus gives you the opportunity to work at your own pace and around your other commitments, within given deadlines, and at your preferred time of day, with the benefit of our expertise, experience and employability focus
  • Our online online programmes will save you the time and money on commuting to and from campus and allow you to study anywhere, across devices, however you can be reassured that the course won’t be compromised on quality or be less demanding than our on campus courses
  • We have a vast network in the legal industry and deliver training to 91 of the top 100 law firms, with exclusive relationships with 61 of the top UK law firms and many of the most prestigious US firms.

  • Receive four weeks of guaranteed Qualifying Work Experience (QWE). Get hands-on legal work experience working with real clients in our Legal Advice Clinics. You’ll get to see how a case progresses in practice and how the skills that you will learn are relevant in a practical context.

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.

Not sure if this course is right for you? Download our free guide, An SQE Course for Everyone, to find your path to becoming a solicitor.

Introductory offer

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.

Course Structure

The English Legal System & Constitutional Law (including EU Law) module requires 25 hours of pre-course study, through guided units with all materials provided online.


The modules you’ll study during the course are:

  • English Legal System and Constitutional Law (including EU Law) (15 credits)
  • Tort Law (15 credits)
  • Contract Law (15 credits)
  • Criminal Law (15 credits)
  • Administrative Law and Human Rights (15 credits)
  • Land Law (15 credits)
  • Trusts (15 credits)
  • Law of Organisations (15 credits)
  • Skills and Behaviours (non-credit-bearing)

  • SQE1 (60 credits):
    • Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) 1 (Business, Legal Services, Dispute Resolution)
    • Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) 2 (Property Law and Practice, Wills, Solicitors’ Accounts, Criminal Practice)

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.

Course Start Dates

  • MA Law (SQE 1)
    • Full-time: Online
    • Part-time: Online
  • MA Law (SQE 1)
    • Full-time: Online
    • Part-time: Online

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*.

How it works

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.

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*On enrolment to the course, you’ll get the opportunity to opt-in to complete QWE within our Legal Advice Clinics.

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Course requirements

The course demands show you the requirements, prior knowledge and commitments our course will involve.

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Law Conversion Courses

Start your legal journey

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.

Law Conversion Guide ➔

Will non-law graduates on the SQE pathway be required to complete a conversion course?

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Study On Campus

You can also study this course at one of our campuses. If you’re looking for a more traditional university experience, why not consider studying on campus?

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Course Information


With many options for when you can study the MA Law (SQE1) Online, you can be sure to find a start date 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:

  • online open book examination
  • coursework
  • oral presentation.

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

Please note: you must successfully pass the external SQE1 assessments, and provide us with your results, to receive a Master’s award.

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  • Each taught module comprises of workshops and incorporates streamed lectures or media.
  • We provide you with a structured approach to your learning, with a clear and easy to navigate online learning platform (Blackboard ELITE), supported by our dedicated academic, administrative, design and development teams to ensure you have the very best learning experience.
  • Class contact time is combined with online tutorials, online Single Best Answer Questions (SBAQs) and self-study from study manuals and online research.
  • The learning model is based around undertaking activities in the workshops (or equivalent online activities) to develop both knowledge and key skills
  • The Skills and Behaviours module will comprise of workshops spread over all semesters.
  • The SQE1 Preparation Course will be delivered as a blended learning programme, including face to face workshop delivery, and also online
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Employability We Set You Up For Success

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.

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Fees and Applying


You can apply for the MA Law (SQE1) Online directly with the University.

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Please note: The SQE assessment fee is not included in this course fee.

2024/25 Course Fee (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2024):

UK: £15,100, Hong Kong: HK$155,550

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.

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 make studying with us more affordable than ever, including our newest addition - The Amal Clooney Scholarship for Human Rights Advocates.

You could also be eligible for a postgraduate student loan.

**Terms and conditions apply.



We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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