Research and reports

Draft Assessment Specification

This draft Assessment Specification sets out the indicative design and content of the SQE.


Introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination: Monitoring and Maximising Diversity

This report, prepared by policy association the Bridge Group, considers how the SRA could monitor the impact of the SQE on candidates with protected characteristics and on those from lower socioeconomic groups through data collation and analysis. It also recommends steps the SRA could take to maximise the positive impact of the SQE on diversity.


Authorisation and monitoring activity

The purpose of this report is to tell our stakeholders about the outcomes of our quality assurance activity in relation to education and training. Unless otherwise stated, it relates to the period 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015. This reflects the higher education academic year.


Pre-qualification work experience in professional legal education

As part of its Training for Tomorrow project, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has been working with researchers at Nottingham Law School to explore the contribution of different kinds of work experience for those who want to become solicitors.


Qualification in other jurisdictions – international benchmarking

In order to provide points of comparison when developing our proposed routes to qualification, we have benchmarked relevant overseas jurisdictions to establish common international practice.


Indicative economic impacts of a new qualification framework for solicitors

Economics, Policy and Competition (EPC) was appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to undertake an economic impact assessment of proposals for a new framework for solicitor qualification.


A technical evaluation of a new approach to the assessment of competence of intending solicitors

AlphaPlus has used a logic model to capture the outcomes that SRA aim to achieve through the development, and the mechanisms through which they intend to achieve these.


Baseline attainment data: legal education, training and post-qualification

This report has been commissioned as baseline evidence against which to measure the impact of policy changes in education and training, in particular the proposed introduction of changes to assessment.


Development of a competence statement for solicitors

This document reports the findings from research undertaken to develop a competence statement for solicitors.


Workforce Education and Training Arrangements in Regulated Entities

This document reports the findings from research undertaken to explore workforce education and training arrangements in providers of legal services regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Training for tomorrow policy statement

The policy statement sets out high-level plans to radically reform the SRA's current education and training framework.


The LETR report

LETR is the biggest sector-wide review of legal services for over 40 years, undertaken on behalf of the BSB, IPS and the SRA. The LETR report contains the findings and recommendations of the review.


QLTS assessment methods

This report looks at the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) and the methods of assessment. The report refers to "international lawyers" aiming to be admitted as solicitors in England and Wales.


Work Based Learning Pilot evaluation report

Middlesex University have produced an initial evaluation report on the results of a two-year pilot to look at different ways of assessing competence in qualifying as a solicitor at the training contract stage.


BMG research report on Work-Based Learning

The Work-Based Learning (WBL) pilot has been developed and managed by the SRA as an alternative to the vocational (training contract) stage of training for trainee solicitors. This report produced by BMG is a final evaluation of the WBL pilot.


Nottingham Law School research report on CPD

This report reviews three main objectives in relation to CPD. One of these objectives is to examine the role of CPD as a regulatory tool in maintaining and enhancing the competence, performance and ethical conduct of solicitors.