SQE assessment exemptions

Do I have an exemption?

Answer a few questions to find out if you have an exemption.

Are you from one of these jurisdictions?

  • Brazil
  • Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland
  • Hong Kong
  • Romania

Who can apply for an exemption

Exemption from the SQE assessments are only available to qualified lawyers. This is someone who has a legal professional qualification which allows them to practise in the UK or an international jurisdiction.

What is an exemption?

To get an exemption, your legal qualification and/or experience must be the same as the assessment content and standard, which is based on English and Welsh law.

What is an agreed exemption?

SQE2 agreed exemptions are applied to any legal qualification which we have reviewed and meet our requirements based on practice rights, competences and professional work experience.

SQE assessments

The SQE is made up of two parts:

  • SQE1 which tests legal knowledge through a multiple choice test.
  • SQE2 which test practical skills through oral and written exams.

Have an agreed exemption

We have already given some legal qualifications an agreed exemption and all lawyers who have these qualifications can apply for this.

The table below lists our agreed exemptions for qualifications we have looked at. This table will be updated if we grant further exemptions.

Agreed exemptions only apply to lawyers who have qualified through a jurisdiction's full legal qualification route and not cross qualified from another jurisdiction. Those who have qualified this way can still apply for exemptions, however the application will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Please find your jurisdiction below, check for your qualification and make the relevant application.

Jurisdiction Qualification Assessment exemption available
Brazil Advogado

Apply for the agreed SQE2 exemption

SQE1 - find out about how you can apply for an exemption

Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland Advokat

Apply for the agreed SQE2 exemption

SQE1 - find out about how you can apply for an exemption

Hong Kong Solicitor

Apply for the agreed SQE2 exemption

SQE1 - find out about how you can apply for an exemption

Romania Avocat

Apply for the agreed SQE2 exemption

SQE1 - find out about how you can apply for an exemption

Scotland Solicitor

Apply for the agreed SQE2 exemption only

No agreed SQE1 exemption - if you have additional experience and/or other qualifications (over and above your Scottish solicitor qualification), you can apply for an individual exemption. Find out more.

Individual exemption available

These legal qualifications have been looked at and do not meet all our requirements for an agreed exemption.

However, if your qualification is shown below, you can apply for an individual SQE2 exemption. This is so long as you have at least two-years’ legal work experience gained either as part of your qualification or after it (or a combination of these).

If you wish to, you can also apply for an SQE1 exemption using the same form as SQE2. Find out how you can apply for this

Jurisdiction Qualification Assessment
Canada (Ontario) Lawyer SQE2
Greece Dikigoros SQE2
India Advocate SQE2
Israel Advocate SQE2
Italy Avvocato SQE2
Japan Bengoshi (Attorney in Law) SQE2
Malaysia Advocate and solicitor SQE2
New York Attorney SQE2
Pakistan Advocate SQE2
Trinidad and Tobago Attorney at Law SQE2
Turkey Avukat SQE2
Singapore Advocate or Solicitor of the Supreme Court SQE2
South Africa Attorney SQE2
Spain Abogado SQE2
Sri Lanka Attorney at Law SQE2
Venezuela Abogados SQE2

If your qualification is not in either table

If your qualification is not in ether table, we have not looked at it for an exemption. This means you have two options:

  • You can apply for an exemption based on your legal qualification and experience. Find out more about applying for this exemption.

    Or

  • Contact your law society or bar and ask them to make an exemption application for your legal qualification. They will need to contact us to request this form.

Qualified lawyers in England and Wales  

We have looked at the following legal qualifications and they do not meet our requirements for an agreed exemption:

  • Barrister (who has completed pupillage)
  • Chartered Legal Executive
  • CILEx Practitioner

If you have additional work experience and/or other qualifications (over and above your Barrister or CILEX qualification), you can apply for an individual exemption. Find out more.