Transitional arrangements

What are the transitional arrangements?

The earliest date for the SQE’s introduction will be autumn 2021. Anyone wanting to qualify as a solicitor from then onwards will have to take the SQE.

However, we also want to make sure anyone who started the process of qualification through the current routes will have a fair opportunity to complete it. Following our recent consultation, we have decided these people will have 11 years after the SQE is introduced to qualify in this way.

Effectively managing Legal Practice Course closure

We will continue to authorise Legal Practice Courses (LPC) until the end of the 2024/25 academic year. However, we expect courses may close as demand for the LPC decreases. We want to make sure the standard of the LPC is maintained during the transition period for those who want to complete their route to qualification.

We have made authorising a course subject to a number of conditions to make sure that we are aware if a course is closing. This is so that we know where students may be affected and can work with providers to make sure that the quality of provision is maintained.

Bar Standards Board changes

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) are also making changes to their training requirements. We have entered into a Common Protocol with them to explain how this will affect Qualifying Law Degree and the Common Professional Examination.

How will the transitional arrangements affect me?

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