I am a qualified lawyer

4 April 2019

This information is for qualified lawyers. It will help you understand what the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) might mean for you when considering qualifying as a solicitor.

Qualifying as a solicitor through the SQE

Below is an example of how a qualified lawyer could qualify in England and Wales

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.


Crispin Passmore

Executive Director, Policy

How will solicitors qualify in the future

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

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 shows the standards for practising and using the title of solicitor.

What we have done

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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