Solicitors Qualifying Examination

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What we are trying to do

Introduce a common assessment that all prospective solicitors will take before qualifying

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Who needs to know

Aspiring solicitors, law firms, and legal education and training institutions

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What's going on

Our Board have decided to introduce a common assessment for all would-be solicitors from late 2020.

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) will mean everyone will meet the same high standards in a consistent way.

We are taking a gradual approach to introducing the SQE and extensive development and testing will happen before it goes live.

Over the coming months we work with solicitors, law firms, educators and students to develop a world-class assessment. We are also looking to appoint an assessment partner in early 2018.

What will qualifying look like in the future?

  • Pass stages 1 and 2 of the SQE - the first focuses on legal knowledge and the second on practical legal skills.
  • Have a degree (in any subject) or equivalent qualification.
  • Have a substantial period of work experience.
  • Pass the character and suitability requirements.
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Get involved

Over the past 18 months, we have engaged extensively with more than 8,800 people, through 135 events and meetings, and digital activities - resulting in more than 500 responses across both consultations.

You can get involved in helping us develop the assessment by joining our SQE virtual reference group.