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Skilfully Passing the Solicitors' Qualifying Examination (SQE)

ISBN13: 9781526512192
To be Published: December 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £49.99

Preparing for the SQE is no small task. It involves knowing the law and being able to convey it in a confident and skilful manner. Often, it is the skills part that most lawyers feel overwhelmed by because there are no hard and fast rules or black and white clear distinctions about them. This makes it difficult to assess yourself to see whether you are doing the skills part effectively or not. Everyone's style and ability is also different, so there will naturally be some skills you will be better at than others and it is working out what you do well and what needs to be improved, that can be the difference between passing or failing the SQE.

Skilfully Passing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) helps you to know what to expect from the SQE assessments and how best to prepare for them. Although the Legal Knowledge Assessments are discussed and tips suggested, this book does not deal with the law. For the Practical Legal Skills Assessments, tips and tricks are shared on how to deal with potential unforeseeable situations that may occur in the scenario where you will be expected to deal with them confidently. Below are some typical questions that might go through your mind...

  • "What do you do when you are writing the attendance note but remember that you forgot to discuss an important legal or factual point with the client?"
  • "What should I wear?"
  • "I still don't understand the structure of the day for the SQE Practical Legal Skills Assessments..."
  • "What should I do if I can't answer the question and how do I deal with it?"
  • "Will there be a clock in the assessment room?"
  • "What happens if I go over time?"
  • "How do I continue with confidence and maintain my focus on the task, when I have messed up or don't know the law?"
  • "Without knowing what the 'ingredients' are that make up communication skills, how can I know if I'm doing them well?"
  • "Should I make small talk or not with the client for the client interviewing assessment?"

  • Subjects:
    Legal Manuals
    Chapter 1: The SQE Journey: An introduction
    Chapter 2: What route will you be taking?
    Chapter 3: Stage 1 – Legal Knowledge Assessments
    Chapter 4: Stage 2 – Practical Legal Skills Assessment
    Chapter 5: Communication Skills
    Chapter 6: English language