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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SQE2 assessment dates confirmed
The first sitting of SQE2 will start week commencing 11 April 2022. This includes the written assessments taking place from 11 to 13 April and then the oral assessments will be 19-20 and 21-22 April. More information on when bookings will open will be released later this year. Find out more about dates and venues
Future SQE assessment timings and follow up queries
Last month we published updated information on the assessment timings for the SQE. In case you missed this, visit our website to see the confirmed assessment timings. Below are some queries we’ve had about the timings and links to the answers:
- The SQE timings shows only a single SQE1 sitting in 2022. Is this a correct?
- Will candidates that pass SQE1 be able to progress to book on to the next available SQE2 sitting?
- Is it possible for us to have the exams always in the same week of the month or not?
Applying for an equivalence to a degree
SQE candidates can now apply to have their work experience and/or education recognised as equivalent to a UK degree. There is helpful information on our website about:
- the kind of evidence candidates will need to give us
- how someone can check if a non-UK degree is an equivalent
- what we need from work experience referees.
Find out more about apply for an equivalence to a degree
SQE assessment exemptions for qualified lawyers
Qualified lawyers can now apply for SQE assessment exemptions. These can be based on either those we’ve already agreed for some legal professional qualifications and/or their own additional qualification and/or professional legal work experience. Only a qualified lawyer who holds a legal professional qualification which allows them to practise in England and Wales or another jurisdiction can apply for an SQE assessment exemption. No other groups can apply for this exemption. Learn more about how to apply
Qualifying work experience registration now available
Candidates only need to register their two years’ qualifying work experience (QWE) by the time they apply for admission as a solicitor. However, if they need to, a candidate can now register any completed period of QWE. This might be because they are due to leave a role shortly or because they want to use a past role as QWE. Take a look at how to register
Latest SQE independent reviewer report
We’ve published the latest report from the SQE’s independent reviewer, Geoff Coombe.
We are pleased that the review shows that we are on-track for introduction of the SQE in September, with preparations fit for purpose. We welcome the recommendations of the report and are taking action to make sure they are implemented. Read the report
SQE marking and standard setting policypublished
We’ve published more information to help people understand how the SQE will operate. This time it is how the assessments will be marked. Read the policy now
#SQEready – what employers are doing
We’re showcasing how law firms and other organisations are getting ready for the SQE. Our latest case study is now live and features law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Read more about their new SQE training programme.
If you are interested in getting involved in #SQEready, get in touch.
Apprenticeships: what law firms need to know (YouTube)
When: 12.30 on 19 April
What: Is your law firm interested in taking on an apprentice solicitor? We are running a free webinar giving practical advice and information on what it could mean for your firm and how to go about it. Alongside the SRA, hear from the Government’s Education and Skills Agency and learn about:
- the practicalities of taking on an apprentice including who and how to apply
- the financial support and help available from the government
- how hiring an apprentice can benefit your business
- where the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination fits in with apprenticeships.
Qualifying work experience - what law clinics need to know (5 May)
Keep any eye out on our events page and social media for more information on this shortly.
SQE assessments - practical information for training providers and employers
When: 11.00 on 17 May
What: Get all the latest information on the SQE to further help training providers and employers prepare for its September introduction. Find out about the new SQE website, assessment booking process and assessment timings
Who: Benedict Fisher, Director of Communications, SRA (Chair), Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training, SRA, Yiannis Chrysanthou, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Kaplan and Zoe Robinson, Director of Learning and Qualifications, Kaplan
SQE assessments – practical information for candidates
When: 14.30 on 17 May 2021
What: Targeted at aspiring solicitors, get the facts ahead of its September introduction. Learn about the SQE registration and booking process, assessment timings and what to expect on the day
Who: Benedict Fisher, Director of Communications, SRA (Chair), Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training and SRA, Yiannis Chrysanthou, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Kaplan
On demand webinars
Qualifying work experience - what aspiring solicitors need to know
This webinar offers candidates the latest information on what counts as qualifying work experience. This includes what getting QWE confirmed by a solicitor means and answers to other common questions.
Qualifying work experience - what law firms need to know
This webinar offers law firms who currently offer training, and those who don’t, the latest information on what qualifying work experience (QWE) is and what it means for your firm. Learn more about what counts as QWE, how it fits into the qualification process, and what we expect of solicitors confirming QWE.
Other ways to get involved
Join our LinkedIn reference group. It will help you keep up to date with the latest SQE developments and opportunities to get involved in our surveys and events.
If you are thinking about taking the SQE, or know someone who is, please follow Career in Law for the latest information aimed at aspiring solicitors.
If you have any questions, or want more information on how you can get involved, contact us.