Solicitors Qualifying Examination

What are we trying to do

Introduce a common assessment that all prospective solicitors will take before qualifying. This will be called the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Who needs to know

Aspiring solicitors, law firms, and legal education and training institutions

What's going on

Our Board have decided to introduce a common assessment for all would-be solicitors. This means the SQE will be introduced on 1 September 2021. This is still subject to final approval from the Legal Services Board and we expect a decision from the Legal Services Board in late 2020.

The SQE will mean everyone will meet the same high standards in a consistent way.

For the full details on why we are introducing the SQE, from its inception through to where we are we now.

How people will qualify as a solicitor after 2021

  • Pass SQE1 and SQE2 - the first focuses on legal knowledge and the second on practical legal skills.
  • Have a degree (in any subject) or equivalent qualification.
  • Have a 2 years’ qualifying work experience.
  • Pass the character and suitability requirements.

Assessment partner

We appointed Kaplan as our assessment partner. We are now working closely with them, as well as solicitors, law firms, educators and students, to develop a world-class assessment.

SQE pilots

We are piloting key elements of the SQE. The two pilots were held in March and December 2019, with more than 500 candidates taking part.Find out more about the pilots.

Get involved

Read our online SQE Update bulletin and subscribe to email alerts to keep up to date.

Take part on one of our events or webinars.

You can still get involved by joining our LinkedIn reference group. Get regular updates on the progress and development of the SQE.

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