Get involved with the SQE

Improve your employability

We are piloting key elements of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) Stage 1. We are looking for candidates to sit the pilot assessments.

This is your chance to get involved in the development of the SQE, and improve your employability.

Who can take part?

We are looking for a group of candidates who as far as possible are representative of those who will sit the SQE. In terms of prior education and experience, this means that candidates should either:

  • have completed Stage 1 (the compulsory stage) of the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or
  • have completed a period of study and/or work experience equivalent to Stage 1 (the compulsory stage) of the LPC, or
  • be a qualified lawyer in a recognised jurisdiction eligible to qualify via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme, or
  • be a barrister of England and Wales.

If the pilot is oversubscribed, we will select candidates to ensure the group to sit the pilot are as representative as possible of those who will sit the SQE. Preference will be given to those who apply early. We would particularly welcome applications from minority groups protected under the Equality Act 2010.

When is the pilot?

The pilot will run over two and a half days on 20-22 March 2019. Candidates need to attend for the whole period. It will be run at Pearson VUE venues across the UK and, subject to availability, internationally.

What are the advantages of taking part?

You will receive a transcript with detailed results including your result in relation to the other candidates in the pilot. You will be able to show this to any future employer.

Candidates who complete the entire Stage 1 pilot will receive £300. Candidates in the top 10 percent will receive an additional £200.

We are also exploring with a number of leading law firms career development opportunities that may be offered for the best performing candidates. More information will be available here soon.

How do I find out more detail?

Read our SQE pilot key information to learn more about what is involved, the candidates we are looking for, and how we will select candidates.

If you have questions, get in touch.

How can law firms help?

If you are part of a law firm or an organisation with a legal department and would like to find out more about how you can help with career development opportunities for the best-performing candidates, get in touch with your details so we can contact you.

When do I need to apply?

The initial round of applications will close on 17 December 2018.