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SQE/Legal Practice LLM

Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to sit the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE) to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales. Develop a comprehensive knowledge of legal rules and practice to prepare you for a career in the legal profession.


Course length: 1 year full-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
and Online study
Subject(s): Law
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminal Justice
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The LLM SQE/Legal Practice is expertly designed if you want to qualify as a solicitor via the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE) route whilst also gaining a Masters in Legal Practice. The programme provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to sit the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE1 and SQE2) and prepares you for life in the legal profession.

If you want to prepare for the SQEs and develop your wider employability skills then this is the course for you.

Delivered in partnership with BARBRI, an award-winning provider of professional legal education, you will study a mixture of online and in-person modules designed to prepare you for a career as a solicitor.

The programme is also supported by an extensive offering of extra-curricular activities including opportunities to gain work placements that will develop your employability skills and can contribute to the 2 years of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) needed to qualify as a solicitor.

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Course features

  • Work placement opportunity

  • International students can apply

  • Professional practice placements

What you'll study

Our programme mirrors the SQE examinations and therefore focuses on developing your legal knowledge (SQE 1) and your practical skills (SQE 2).

On our LLM SQE/Legal Practice you will be equipped with the foundational legal knowledge needed as a newly qualified solicitor. This includes knowledge of ethics and professional conduct, in addition to core areas of law such as business law, tax law, wills and the administration of estates, tort law, contract law, land law and criminal law.

In the practice focused modules you will develop your advanced legal skills. You will learn how to conduct interviewing, develop your advocacy and case analysis skills, perfect your legal writing and drafting and undertake legal research.

Through the advanced research skills module and the legal practice project you will also further develop your research and writing skills by completing an industry report, similar to a dissertation.

Compulsory Modules:

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Advanced Research Skills
Functioning Legal Knowledge 1
Functioning Legal Knowledge 2
Legal Practice Project
Skills for Legal Practice
Skills for Legal Practice 2

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

This course is designed to allow for flexible learning. Face-to-face tuition will occur at Edge Hill University every two weeks. BARBRI-delivered content is delivered online asynchronously (not in real time), allowing you to study at a convenient time for you.

BARBRI provide an AI-empowered online platform (Intuitive Study Assistant and Coach (ISAAC)), which supports your learning, helping you to keep track of content, engage with practice questions and assess your individual skills performance.

We also want you to feel supported when studying which is why BARBRI provide supervision and immediate feedback from expert tutors and offer individual online mentor support from a qualified solicitor. You will also have your very own online personal study plan and will be able to access 1:1 meetings, exam skill workshops and group strategy or consolidation sessions to help you with your learning and exam success.

In addition to the online platform you will have access to bespoke workbooks and study materials which accompany online instruction. The materials also include supplemental resources for non-law graduates.

As an Edge Hill student you will also have access to the University’s Student Support Team, Careers Team and Uniskills Team which offer specialist advice on areas such as personal wellbeing, career development and study skills. Within the School of Law and Criminal Justice, you will also benefit from our expert lecturers and will be allocated a Personal Tutor who can offer general support and guidance throughout your programme.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

Modules delivered online by BARBRI will be assessed via online multiple-choice question assessments which replicate the ‘real-life’ SQE examinations.

Modules delivered face-to-face by Edge Hill University will be assessed via a combination of coursework, practical assessments and a legal practice project essay.

To prepare you for your assessments and the SQE examinations, guidance on assessments and opportunities to put your skills and knowledge into practice will be provided throughout the duration of your programme.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by a combination of highly skilled Edge Hill University staff members, including practising solicitors, and trained legal professionals at BARBRI.

The academic team are actively engaged in research and legal practice, meaning all materials which are delivered are current and informed by the latest best practice in the profession.

You will also benefit from numerous extra-curricular events, including guest speakers, panel events, and insight days, which will enhance your learning experience.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

To join this programme, you will be expected to have:

  • A degree equivalent to a UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above), in any discipline.
  • Relevant professional experience will also be considered.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

This course has an online application process.

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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The £6million Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the School of Law and Criminal Justice and the Law and Psychology buildingDepartment of Psychology.

The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. Elsewhere on campus, there is a mooting room (a mock courtroom) and Police Training and Simulation Facility.

Where you'll study

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Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


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EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

Please see our international student finance pages for financial support information for international students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see our EU student finance page for further details.

Your future career

Employability is embedded throughout this course, helping you to prepare not only for your SQE examinations but your future career in the legal profession.

Whilst the programme is tailored towards students wishing to pursue a career as a solicitor, the programme will provide you with a broad range of transferable skills, allowing you to embark on career opportunities in legal and non-legal sectors.

As a School we are committed to enhancing your employability and helping you to finding the right career path for you. That means career development opportunities are embedded into your programme or offered through extra-curricular activities.

We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities to enhance your skills and provide you with real-life experience; this may include: work placements, commercial awareness workshops, bespoke careers fairs, alumni panels, and guest speakers. You will also be able to participate in our numerous internal mooting and negotiation competitions, making use of our in-house Moot Court and Law Clinic, and external competitions, such as the Jessup International Law Moot, CEDR National Student Negotiation Competition and Sports Arbitration Moot.

All of these opportunities allow you to network with employers, gain real-world experience and develop your graduate attributes – the skills needed for employment.

We will also encourage you to make use of the excellent support available through our University’s Careers Team, whether that be career guidance, CV and application writing, help searching for part-time work or support when applying for graduate roles.

Joining our School means you’re therefore supported not just with your academic studies but with your career journey too and we cannot wait to watch you flourish!

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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