I provide careers advice

4 April 2019

This information is for people who provide careers advice. It will help you understand how the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) might affect the advice you offer and how you provide support to those interested in qualifying as a solicitor.

Qualifying as a solicitor through the SQE

Below is an example of how a graduate could qualify

Solicitors Qualifying Examination timeline

We know people need time to introduce new courses and recruitment processes, so we will not introduce the SQE before autumn 2021.



Gurdeep Plahe

Paralegal, Edenhouse Solutions

Talks about how he might qualify under the SQE


Nick Eastwell

SRA's City Advisor

Creating a level playing field for all would be solicitors


Crispin Passmore

Executive Director, Policy, SRA

How will solicitors qualify in the future?


Crispin Passmore

Executive Director, Policy, SRA

What will the SQE mean for students

Why are we introducing the SQE?

The SQE will mean everyone meets the same consistently high standards through a common assessment for all would-be solicitors.


Crispin Passmore

Executive Director, Policy, SRA

An effective competence statement for solicitors

We have already published a Statement of Solicitor Competence which sets out what solicitors need to be able to do to perform their role effectively, and which provides everyone with a clear indication of what they can expect from their solicitor.

This is supported by our Statement of Legal Knowledge and a Threshold Standard, both of which show the standards for practising and using the title of solicitor.

What we have done

Draft Assessment specification

News release: SRA announces new solicitors assessment to guarantee high standards

Consultation - A new route to qualification: New regulations

Consultation - A new route to qualification: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination

Consultation - Training for Tomorrow: assessing competence

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