SQE2 pilot applications closed

9 January 2020

SQE2 pilot

The SQE2 pilot took place successfully on 10-11 and 13-15 December, with 190 candidates sitting at least part of the assessment and 167 sitting the full assessment. The computer-based assessments were held at 29 different test centres in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The oral assessments were held at two test centres in London. The Assessment Specification for the SQE2 pilot sets out what we assessed.

The SQE1 pilot assessments were held earlier this year.

Which candidates were selected?

Candidates were selected to create a sample group which is as representative as possible of those who will sit the SQE when it is introduced and also help us in our analysis of the pilot. We were looking for candidates with and without work experience in English and Welsh law. This could include paralegals, chartered and trainee legal executives, trainee solicitors and solicitor apprentices.

In terms of prior education and experience, we were therefore seeking candidates that have either:

  • completed Stage 1 (the compulsory element) of the Legal Practice Course (LPC); or
  • completed a period of study and/or work experience equivalent to Stage 1 (the compulsory element) of the LPC; or
  • are qualified lawyers in a recognised jurisdiction eligible to qualify via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme; or
  • are barristers of England and Wales.

For more information on the pilot including the specialist practice areas assessed, the candidates we were looking for and how we selected candidates, read the full SQE2 pilot key information.

Results of the SQE2 pilot

The pilot assessments are being marked and we are gathering feedback from candidates. We are also carrying out a psychometric analysis and review of the pilot. We expect to release candidate results later this year. At around the same time, we will report on the pilot’s findings.

How do I find out more detail?

Read our SQE2 pilot key information to learn more about the pilot, including what was involved and the benefits of taking part.

If you have any questions please get in touch.