Mar 21, 2023

Written By Helena Kudiabor

LLMs with SQE included

Mar 21, 2023

Written By Helena Kudiabor

Most students need to take the SQE exams to qualify as a solicitor. Although you don’t need to take an SQE prep course, they have a number of benefits. However, if you’re also interested in taking an LLM, a number of organisations offer LLM and SQE prep courses combined.

What is the LLM?

The LLM (otherwise known as Masters of Laws) is a postgraduate degree that allows students to delve deeper into the legal world. You can complete a general LLM, or specialise in an area of law that interests you.

For example, if you know you’d like to specialise in environmental law, the University of Law offers an LLM in Environmental Law or Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

What are the advantages of doing an LLM?

Completing an LLM allows you to learn more about a topic that interests you. If there’s a module you loved at university, studying an LLM allows you to learn more about the topic. The specialist knowledge you gain will show to future employers that you’re knowledgeable and passionate about the field, giving you an edge over other applicants.

Another advantage of completing an LLM is the fact that it is an internationally recognised qualification. Once you’ve completed the LLM, you’ll be able to work in international institutions, or even find employment abroad.

What is an SQE prep course?

The SQE prep courses are designed to prepare students for the SQE1 and SQE2 exams. The courses are not compulsory, and the SRA has stated that your education and experience should provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the exams.

However, although the courses are costly (£5,000+ for each exam), they provide a number of benefits. Students taking these courses receive regular practice assessments, with personalised feedback. You’ll also receive a number of study materials, such as textbooks, study manuals and even the option to retake if you fail the exam.

Can I complete a combined LLM and SQE course?

Yes! The University of Law offers the LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2), which incorporates preparation for both SQE1 and SQE2. This allows you to gain an additional qualification, boosting your chances of employability, while studying for the SQE exams.

The course comes with the same material as the same LLM and SQE prep courses, so it’s an excellent way to develop your legal expertise. The University of Law even provides you with four weeks Qualifying Work Experience (QWE), and the option to retake the prep course several times for free.