SQE Client Interview

Part 1 Theory


£70 – An interview Mock Session

£120 – A handwritten Attendance Note or Case Analysis as a follow-up to a Mock Client Interview

£35 – A typed suggested answer without individual marking as a follow-up to a Mock Client Interview

Part 1 Practice


SQE2 exams consist of two main components: the oral and written parts. The client interview / SQE attendance note / SQE legal analysis is one of the most difficult parts of the SQE2 oral exams. On the other hand, the SQE2 written exams focus on various legal skills, including legal drafting, legal writing, legal research, and case and matter analysis. The specific content of the interview can vary, and this presents challenges for aspiring solicitors. In addition, your responses are evaluated by a client who is not a legal professional. 

Client interview lectures and materials 
We strongly recommend that you watch the Interview lecture and other videos and get yourself acquainted with the attachments provided. Our experience tells us that many candidates waste their first attempt to pass the mock by skipping this step because they do not know how to properly conduct the client interview for SQE (QLTS OSCE) exam purposes. Please note, each exam has its own specifics and the QLTS OSCE (SQE2) is no exception, even though it is very close to real-world practice. Following the aforementioned preparatory steps will ensure that you receive the greatest benefit from the practical SQE mock session. 

The set of interview videos includes lectures on the client interview and attendance note, a sample interview, and several useful attachments. It explains the structure of the interview, model questions for each practice area, and guidelines and tips for completion of the attendance note/case analysis.

QLTS OSCE / SQE interview mock stations
When you have a clear understanding of what you need to do in order to succeed in the interview SQE station, it is important to practice the actual client interview in exam conditions with individual feedback given by the assessors: 

  • SQE 2 (QLTS OSCE) client interviewing skills - by an interviewer, who is a lay-person;
  • SQE 2 (QLTS OSCE) attendance note/case analysis - by a solicitor, who has passed the QLTS OSCE or SQE assessment and has first-hand experience.

Ideally, you should complete at least one interview in each SQE practice area. 

For the above reason, OSCEsmart offers practical SQE mock assessments that simulate the SQE (QLTS OSCE) exam conditions through online mock sessions with a specially trained client-assessor. The assessor will evaluate your SQE skills and performance using SQE Two Marking Criteria designed by the SRA and will provide you with extensive feedback, including suggestions for improvement.

How to book a SQE2 (QLTS OSCE) mock interview 
In order to book a mock interview, please follow the link. We now schedule all SQE 2 simulations via our Superexam platform, where you may book particular mocks in the practice areas you want, choosing between different time slots and tutors at your convenience. You should plan and book your SQE mock exams in advance. Please do not book anything via this website, as we are currently transitioning from QLTS to SQE and some features, including booking, were moved to our new SQE (Superexam) platform. 

OSCE / SQE2 mock interview: timing 
The time frame for the entire session is 45 minutes, during which a mock SQE2 client interview will be conducted. The duration of the online mock is 25 minutes for the actual interview and approximately 15 minutes for the marking, evaluation and feedback. Keep in mind that the session does not cover the 10 minutes of preparation prior to the start of the interview. Allow enough time to prepare adequately in advance. 

Explore further details regarding our comprehensive SQE2 preparation courses tailored to help you to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales.