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SQE Law Essentials Online

Start your legal journey with our 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 is for graduates from a non-law background and will give you an introduction into the essentials of legal knowledge required for SQE1. This course is designed for those who want to take the SQE but do not have a law degree or equivalent experience. This course prepares you to take 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.

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Entry requirements

Duration options

10 weeks (full-time online)

16 weeks (part-time online)

Next start date

May 2024

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Is this course right for you?


You can still qualify as a solicitor with the current route. Contact us on [email protected] or call +44(0)1483 405679


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All our law lecturers 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 as and when you like, including our unique methods of online engagement and unrivalled online lecturer support alongside other students.

As a member of the online campus, you will have access to all the University's wider supporting services.

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 lecturers. You’ll have access to world-class learning materials, including our unique methods of online engagement, and unrivalled online lecturer supervision and support.

Why choose the SQE Law Essentials 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 lecturer support, from qualified lawyers, with weekly lecturer-led sessions in every module
  • Enjoy flexible study – We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different. That’s why our SQE Law Essentials courses is delivered full-time and part-time online, to provide you with the greatest choice and flexibility you need to succeed in your studies.
  • 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 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.

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.

Course Structure

You will learn the essentials of the key foundation areas of law that align to the Solicitors Regulation Authority specification of Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) for the SQE. In each area, you will develop a practical and functional understanding of the foundations of English & Welsh Law, and core analytical and practical legal skills. You will also receive an ebook study manual for each of these modules.

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

Course Start Dates

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

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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.

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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: The SQE Law Essentials 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 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



There are no exams. There are mock SQE1 assessments arranged in the last week 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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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. 

  • 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. There are 1 hour facilitated Live Subject Support Sessions (LSSS) for each unit, each week (usually over a lunchtime session 12:30 – 13:30), focusing on areas of difficulty, volunteered by students or identified by learner analytics.


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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 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)
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Please note: The SQE1 Preparation Course and assessment fee is not included.

2023/24 Course Fee (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2023): £3,900

Hong Kong - HK$40,150

2024/25 Course Fee (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2024): £4,100

Hong Kong - HK$42,250


See the full fee schedule for the SQE Law Essentials here.

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 £250 SQE Prep Alumni Discount.



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

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