SQE2 sample questions

SQE2 is the second part of the SQE assessment.

The legal skills assessments in SQE2 are:

  • client interviewing and attendance note/legal analysis
  • advocacy
  • case and matter analysis
  • legal research
  • legal writing
  • legal drafting.

Although there is no separate assessment called negotiation, all deliveries of SQE2 will contain at least one assessment involving negotiation. Negotiation may be assessed in either client interviewing and attendance note/legal analysis and/or case and matter analysis and/or legal writing.

Practice areas

The practice areas in which these legal skills are assessed are:

  • Criminal Litigation (including advising clients at the police station)
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Property Practice
  • Wills and Intestacy, Probate Administration and Practice
  • Business organisations, rules and procedures (including money laundering and financial services).

Questions in these practice areas may draw on underlying black letter law in the Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) as follows:

  • Criminal Litigation: Criminal liability
  • Dispute Resolution: Contract law and tort
  • Property Practice: Land law
  • Wills and Intestacy, Probate Administration and Practice: Trusts
  • Business organisations, rules and procedures: Contract law.

Professionalism and ethics will be core parts of SQE2. Questions on ethics will be pervasive throughout SQE2. Ethical issues will not be flagged. Candidates will need to identify any ethical and professional conduct issues and exercise judgement to resolve them honestly and with integrity.

Candidates will undertake 16 assessments in SQE2. To pass SQE2 candidates will need to obtain the overall pass mark for SQE2.

For full details of SQE2 please see the SQE2 Assessment Specification

Sample questions

  1. Client interviewing and attendance note/legal analysis (Wills and Intestacy, Probate Administration and Practice) (PDF 19 pages, 656KB)
    • Candidate papers including question
    • Client information (provided to the client not the candidate)
    • Discussion of answer
  2. Advocacy (Criminal Litigation) (PDF 22 pages, 683KB)
    • Candidate papers including question
    • Discussion of answer
  3. Case and matter analysis (Business organisations, rules and procedures) (PDF 13 pages, 246KB)
    • Candidate papers including question
    • Discussion of answer
  4. Legal research (Criminal Litigation) (PDF 42 pages, 673KB)
    • Candidate papers including question and legal sources
    • Discussion of answer
  5. Legal writing (Property Practice) (PDF 12 pages, 253KB)
    • Candidate papers including question
    • Discussion of answer
  6. Legal drafting (Dispute Resolution) (PDF 14 pages, 469KB)
    • Candidate papers including questions and answer template
    • Discussion of answer

Please note that these sample questions do not represent all the material that will be covered by SQE2 and future questions may not take exactly the same format.