SQE Stage 1 comprises two separate assessments which test functioning legal knowledge, or FLK, in a practical context. The first assessment covers the following practice areas:
- Business Law and Practice
- Dispute Resolution;
- The Legal System of England and Wales;
- Constitutional and Administrative Law and EU Law; and
- Legal Services
The second assessment covers the following practice areas:
- Property Practice;
- Wills and the Administration of Estates;
- Solicitors Accounts;
- Land Law;
- Criminal Law and Practice
Each of the two assessments includes 180 questions and lasts 5 hours. Within each of the FLK assessments, questions may draw on any combination of the subject areas which might be encountered in practice.
Ethics and Professional Conduct are examined pervasively across the two assessments.
SQE1 assessments use computer-based, objective testing, employing a multiple choice test question format - consisting of a stem, lead-in question and five possible options where only one is the best response. The SQE1 FLK assessments are closed book.
The SQE1 assessments are offered in the UK and in various locations around the world.