Firms and graduates will be giving the initial sitting of SQE1 a wide berth, says Jonny Hurst 

At the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) conference on 15 December 2020, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced that the first sit of part 1 (SQE1) will take place on 8 and 11 November this year. 

SQE1 will not be for the faint-hearted: 360 ‘single best answer’ multiple choice questions (MCQs) spread across two papers, three days apart; giving candidates an average of 1.7 minutes to answer each question. Each paper will require candidates to answer 90 questions in two hours – 33 minutes in the morning, followed by the same again in the afternoon.

The MCQs not only examine topics similar to those covered in the Legal Practice Course’s (LPC) core practice areas (business law and p...

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