Apply for an SQE agreed exemption

Who can apply

Internationally qualified lawyers with an agreed exemption for their legal qualification. 

Please check that you have an exemption before applying.

These exemptions only apply to lawyers who have qualified through the jurisdiction's full legal qualification route.

Scottish solicitors

If you are a solicitor qualified in Scotland, you are exempted from sitting the SQE2 assessment. Find out how to apply for this exemption.


The application fee is £265. 

What to do before applying

Make sure you have added your legal qualifications and jurisdictions in mySRA within 'My profile'. You will not be able to apply for the agreed exemption until you do this. You must have been admitted as you cannot set this as a future date.

To do this, you will need to create a mySRA account. If you already have one, you will need to log in.

Making your application

Once logged into mySRA, select 'Start new applications' on the homepage. The application is called 'Apply for qualified lawyer exemption from the SQE assessments'. You will then be asked a series of questions. 

If you have already started it, you will find your draft application in ‘My profile' under 'Applications and documents'.

We will let you know our decision within 180 days. 

Log into mySRA – Apply for qualified lawyer exemption from the SQE assessments