SQE2 pilot applications open

Get involved with the SQE

The SQE1 pilot assessments were held earlier this year. We now want to test the key elements of the SQE2 and are looking for candidates.

This is your chance to get involved in the development of the SQE.

Who can take part?

We are looking for people who, as far as possible, are representative of those who will sit the SQE.

We are looking for candidates with and without work experience in English and Welsh law. This could include:

  • paralegals
  • chartered legal executives
  • trainee solicitors
  • solicitor apprentices.

Candidates should have at least one of the following education and experience criteria:

  • 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
  • be a qualified lawyer in a recognised jurisdiction eligible to qualify via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme; or
  • be a barrister of England and Wales.

If the pilot is oversubscribed, we will select candidates to get a group to sit the pilot who are as representative as possible of those who will sit the SQE. Preference will be given to those who apply early. We would particularly welcome applications from minority groups protected under the Equality Act 2010.

For more information, read the full SQE2 pilot key information.

When and where is the pilot taking place?

10-11 December (computer-based assessments): These assessments will take place at Pearson VUE venues across the UK and, subject to availability, internationally. Candidates must attend on both days.

13-15 December (oral and written assessments): These assessments will take place at:

Please note candidates will only be required to attend two out of the three days for these assessments. Candidates selected to sit the pilot will be told of the exact dates and venue after they have accepted the offer to take part.

Read the SQE2 pilot key information for more information.

What are the advantages of taking part?

You will receive a transcript with detailed results, including an indication of your result compared to the other pilot candidates. You can then show this to any future employer.

Candidates that complete the entire pilot will receive £300. Candidates in the top 10 percent will receive an additional £200.

In addition to this, a number of leading law firms are offering a limited number of career development opportunities for the best performing candidates, such as a training contract assessment day place, open day places, a work experience placement and career development coaching.

The firms currently offering these opportunities are:

  • Browne Jacobson
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Mayer Brown
  • Michelmores
  • Mishcon de Reya
  • Moore Blatch.

After the pilot, the best performing candidates will be contacted once they have received their results to provide them with further details and discuss the opportunities that may be available.

We will continue to liaise with law firms that would like to offer career development opportunities to candidates and will update the information on this website as appropriate.

How do I find out more detail?

Read our SQE pilot key information to learn more about what is involved, the candidates we are looking for and how we will select candidates.

If you have any questions please get in touch.

How can law firms help?

We would ask law firms to encourage their trainees, apprentices, chartered legal executives and paralegals to take part in the pilot.

Law firms and organisations with legal departments may also be able to help by offering career development opportunities to the best performing candidates. If you are a law firm or organisation with a legal department and would like to find out more about this, please get in touch, with your details so we can contact you.

When do I need to apply?

Closing date is 13 September.