SQE Update

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

As the SQE gets closer to implementation, we plan to publish regular updates. So this is the place to go to hear 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 - 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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

September 2020

This bulletin covers your questions on the SQE, the Legal Services Board decision due in autumn and the resources we have available to help education providers, employers and aspiring solicitors prepare for the SQE.

July 2020

This bulletin covers the publication of the final SQE2 Assessment Specification, the fees for taking the SQE, and an update to the transitional arrangements for those taking law degrees or the Common Professional Examination. There is also a range of materials on diversity, including our final equality, diversity and inclusion risk assessment, the independent Bridge Group report, and a blog by our Director of Education and Training, Julie Brannan.

June 2020

This bulletin covers our Board’s decision on the SQE final design, the SQE2 pilot findings, transitional arrangements for existing students, graduates and trainees and our upcoming webinars.

May 2020

This bulletin covers quality assuring the SQE assessments, new qualifying work experience Q&As and how to watch our upcoming and recent webinars.