SQE Update – 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.

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New qualifying work experience guidance

We’ve published new guidance giving more detail on what we expect from solicitors and law firms regarding qualifying work experience (QWE). This includes what good QWE looks like and includes what solicitors need to consider and confirm when signing it off, as well as how we expect firms to meet our requirements.

Alongside this, there is also information for organisation we do not regulate, such as law clinics.

Getting the best out of qualifying work experience

We’ve also published practical information for aspiring solicitors about how to maximise the benefits of their qualifying work experience (QWE). This covers things they need to think about such as preparing for placements, recording QWE and how to get it confirmed. Read more

SQE information strategy – the road ahead

We have set out our approach to publishing information on the SQE, including when key information will be made available, as well as the approach to evaluation. It covers the seven principles we will follow and what people can expect to see ahead of the SQE introduction in September 2021. Read the strategy now

SQE Reasonable Adjustments policy

We are committed to making sure our approach to the SQE is fully inclusive. Part of that is ensuring that there are proper arrangements in place for reasonable adjustments. The SQE Reasonable Adjustment policy and helpful Q&As are now available explaining our approach and how requests will work once registration opens. Take a look

Sitting the SQE assessments

Ahead of the SQE website launch next spring, we’ve published information to help people understand how the SQE will work and what sitting the exam will be like. This includes practical information about registration and booking the assessment, as well as what happens on the day of sitting SQE1. Read more now

Get involved

SQE Conference 2020

When: 15 December 

What: There is still time to book a place at our SQE conference. The event is targeted at education training providers, but available to all. This virtual event offers a variety of sessions covering key SQE-related topics. These include a round up of where we are with one year to go to the first exam sittings, how providers and firms are preparing for SQE, logistics for sitting the assessment and more on qualifying work experience. The full programme is now online.

Book your place now

SQE: Qualified lawyers and overseas students (On demand)

The SQE will replace the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) - the current way barristers and lawyers who have qualified overseas can become a solicitor in England and Wales. Find out what this means if you are a current QLTS candidate or foreign qualified lawyer in the future. We also talk about what the SQE means for overseas students and trainees, as well as barristers of England and Wales or CILEx members.

Watch now

Transitional arrangements for students, graduates and trainees (On demand)

This webinar explains what the SQE’s introduction means for someone already on their way to becoming a solicitor by 1 September 2021. Join us to find out who can still qualify under our current route and who will have to take the SQE.

Watch now

The SQE and what it means for your firm (On demand)

As part of our recent Compliance Officer conference, we ran a session for law firms looking at what the SQE means for them. This event included speakers from law firms and offers information on recruiting new talent, legal apprentices and the practicalities around qualifying work experience.

Watch now

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.


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