Skilfully Passing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) aims to help any aspiring solicitors or qualified lawyers in foreign jurisdictions really understand what to expect and what is required from them to pass the SQE. It will provide a comprehensive guide from start to finish with practical tips and tools on how to prepare for it; passing the SQE is no small task.
The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is largely based on the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS). As a solicitor and performance coach, who has helped hundreds of international lawyers, worldwide, pass the QLTS, the aim is to provide you with knowledge, insight and the common challenges that may equally apply to the SQE.
As the coaching process is subjective to each individual, it is recommended that you approach reading this book with an open mind and use what works for you. The 'typical' questions and challenges shared are ones that are not always 'law' related:
"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?"
The goal is to help you understand what to expect from both parts of the SQE (the Functional Legal Knowledge and Practical Legal Skills) and how best to prepare for it. This book will complement your academic study materials from a much more insightful and practical way, rather than theoretical.
This book does not set out to teach you the law, but help you learn how to explain the law and legal principles in a clear and simplified manner, as well as, honing your communication skills to deliver a confident performance.
As Kaplan the SQE assessment provider state:
"In a high stakes professional exam whether or not candidates qualify cannot be determined by luck but rather by a reliable and accurate assessment of their competencies and knowledge.”
Remember you are assessed equally on the law and skills for the SQE so do not underestimate either parts, which could be the tipping point of you passing or failing.
So, are you ready to enter one of the most prestigious and respected legal professions in the world? Neeta Halai looks forward to being a part of your journey to help you qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.