SQE Update

Welcome to SQE Update. The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a single, rigorous assessment for all aspiring solicitors. Introduced on 1 September 2021.

Read the latest about the development of the SQE and how you can get involved. This is aimed at people who are delivering legal education and training.  


SQE Update - October 2021

In this bulletin find out about the first SQE1 assessment booking numbers and applying for reasonable adjustments. You can also learn how to get involved in our upcoming events and future SQE candidate numbers survey.

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September 2021

In this bulletin learn about how the transitional arrangements now the new SQE regulations are now live, the closing date for SQE1 bookings and how we are supporting candidates to take the assessments. Also, how you can get involved in a number of virtual and face-to-face events this autumn.

July 2021

In this bulletin find out about how candidates can register to take the SQE assessments, our autumn SQE in Welsh pilot, and how employers register their apprentices. Find out as well about the latest information published on the SQE assessment website.

June 2021

In this bulletin find out about how lawyers in the UK and Ireland can qualify under the SQE, updated information on qualifying work experience and funding preparation for the assessment. Plus, how you can get involved in our two surveys and webinars.

April 2021

In this bulletin find out about the confirmed SQE2 sitting dates for April 2022, answers to queries about future timings, SQE assessment exemptions for qualified lawyer and the latest report by the SQE’s independent reviewer. Plus, how you can get involved in our latest webinars.

March 2021

In this bulletin find out about the confirmed SQE assessment timings, answers to common qualifying work experience queries, apprenticeships information for employers and our views on how the training market is developing. Plus, how you can get involved in our latest webinars.

February 2021

In this bulletin find out about our appointment of the new SQE evaluator, the latest SQE policies we have published, and the opportunities solicitor apprenticeships can bring employers. Plus, how you can get involved in our latest webinars and surveys.

January-2021

This bulletin tells you how you can watch sessions from our recent SQE conference, SQE1 assessments dates and the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on upcoming QLTS assessments. Plus, how you can get involved in our latest webinars and surveys.

December-2020

This bulletin covers our new qualifying work experience guidance, the SQE information strategy showing our approach for publishing key information, and the SQE Reasonable Adjustments policy. Plus, you can still get involved in our SQE conference for education providers, as well as a series of SQE events you can now view online.

November-2020

This bulletin covers recent changes to our transitional arrangements regarding qualifying law degrees, updates to our principles for qualified lawyers and the publication of the SQE Assessment Regulations. It also lets you know how to get involved in our annual SQE Conference and our upcoming webinar.

October-2020

This bulletin covers the recent Legal Services Board approval, our upcoming annual SQE Conference for education training providers, the qualifying work experience training template, how we’ll review the Assessment Specifications and our recent webinars now available on demand.