SQE Update – 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. 

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Transitional arrangements changes for qualifying law degrees

Due to the delay in English A-level results being issued in 2021, we have amended our transitional arrangements. We will now allow students to accept a place on a qualifying law degree or exempting law degree up until 21 September 2021. Find out more

SQE Assessment Regulations

We have published the final SQE Assessment Regulations which show the rules and procedures for how the assessment will work in practice. These set out the rules for taking the SQE. Take a look at the regulations

Updated principles for qualified lawyers

We have made some changes to exemptions for qualified lawyers seeking admission through the SQE when it is introduced. Where a qualified lawyer has either a full or partial exemption from taking the SQE2 assessment, we will still need to consider whether it is necessary for them to take a language test to make sure they can practise as a solicitor. We made this technical change to future proof the principles. In practice, there will not be any partial exemptions to SQE2 under the current design.* Read more on the principles.

*We updated this text to make clear we are not planning for there to be any partial exemptions for SQE2.

Get involved

SQE Conference 2020

When: 15 December 

What: You can still sign up for our annual SQE conference for education training providers. 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.

Book your place now

SQE: Qualified lawyers and overseas students (YouTube)

When: 13.30 on 3 December

What: The SQE will replace the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) as the 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’ll also talk about what the SQE means for overseas students and trainees, as well as barristers of England and Wales or CILEx members.

Who: Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training

Book now 

Transitional arrangements for students, graduates and trainees (YouTube)

When: 13.30 on 10 December

What: This webinar will explain 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.

Who: Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training
Book now

Other ways to get involved

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