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.