SQE Law Essentials Online

Start your legal journey with our new SQE Law Essentials course, the first step for non-law graduates who want to learn the fundamentals of law and plan to progress to SQE1. This short online course will give you an introduction into the essentials of legal knowledge required for SQE1. This allows you to progress onto our SQE1 Preparation Course or LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) to qualify as a solicitor.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

None required. However, the SRA requires a degree (or equivalent) to qualify as a solicitor.


Duration options

10 weeks (full-time online)

16 weeks (part-time online)

Next start date

January 2022

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Is this course right for you?


You can still qualify as a solicitor with the current route. Contact us on study@law.ac.uk or call +44(0)1483 405679


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All our law tutors are qualified lawyers with real-life experience in practice allowing students to learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context.

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

Our expansive legal alumni group gives law students and professionals excellent networking opportunities.

Course Details

SQE Law Essentials

We are one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education, with a rich heritage and reputation for innovation. 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.

With the SQE Law Essentials you will receive online support and feedback from one of our expert legal tutors. You’ll have access to world-class learning materials, including our unique methods of online engagement, and unrivalled online tutor supervision and support.

Why choose this course?

  • Be ready to progress your legal training and go on to study the SQE1
  • Develop the skills required to answer SQE1 style legal knowledge questions
  • Spread out your study with our structured modular study pattern, so you can focus on key areas each semester, instead of all at the end of the course.
  • Learn using our successful and unique Prepare, Engage, Consolidate (PEC) learning model 
  • Receive focused tutor support, from qualified lawyers, with weekly tutor-led sessions in every module
  • Enjoy flexible study – choose to study full-time online or part-time online
  • Receive access to our Careers and Pro Bono team, who make up our award-winning Employability Service. Your bespoke Employability Law Essentials Programme will help you understand and develop the key competencies required for being a solicitor
  • We also work with over 90 of the top 100 law firms

Course Structure

You will learn the essentials of the seven academic modules that will be covered in the SQE1 assessment – Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK). You will receive an ebook study manual for each of these modules.

  • English Legal System and Constitutional Law (including Retained EU Law)
  • Contract
  • Tort
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Land Law
  • Trusts

Course Start Dates

  • SQE Law Essentials
    • Full-time: Online
  • SQE Law Essentials
    • Part-time: Online
  • SQE Law Essentials
    • Full-time: Online

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Law Conversion Courses

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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.

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Course Information


With many options for when you can study, you can be sure to find a start date to suit your needs.

Please note: This course will help prepare you for the SQE1 assessment.

You will book, pay for and sit your SQE assessments externally, this includes requests for reasonable adjustments. See www.sra.org.uk for details.

You will sit your SQE assessments at Pearson VUE test centres in the UK and internationally. For details on how to book and pay for your SQE assessments, as well as request any reasonable adjustments, please visit the SRA website on https://sqe.sra.org.uk.



There are no exams. There are mock SQE1 assessments arranged in week four of each semester in order to help you prepare for the requirements of the real assessments.

On successful completion of our SQE Law Essentials, including practice tests and mocks, you will obtain a completion certificate which will facilitate progression on to our LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2).

Please note: This course does not lead to an academic award. 



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  • Part-time is three semesters, totalling 16 weeks.
  • Full-time is two semesters of five weeks each.

This course includes five units of self-guided study per module, plus five tutor-led online Q&A sessions focusing on areas of difficulty, volunteered by students or identified by learner analytics.

There will be a one-hour facilitated Tutor Review Session (TRS) per unit. These are held  each week, usually over a lunchtime session (12:30 - 13:30 Thursday and Friday).


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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 Booking


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  • If you’re a non-law graduate, you may be interested in our law conversion courses: PGDL, MA Law (SQE1)
  • You may also be interested in the current route to practice as a solicitor: GDL, MA Law, and LPC
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2021/22: £3,500

2022/23: £3,600

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 SQE1 Preparation Course and assessment fee is not included.



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

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