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SQE Stage 1 Pilot Applications now closed

We are piloting key elements of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) Stage 1. Applications for the SQE Stage 1 Pilot have now closed. Applicants will be contacted in January to let them know if their application has been successful and to provide further information. Below we provide some overview information about the Stage 1 pilot.

Who can take part?

We are looking for a group of candidates who as far as possible are representative of those who will sit the SQE. In terms of prior education and experience, this means that candidates should either:

  • have completed Stage 1 (the compulsory stage) of the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or
  • have completed a period of study and/or work experience equivalent to Stage 1 (the compulsory stage) 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 ensure the group to sit the pilot 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.

When is the pilot?

The pilot will run over two and a half days on 20-22 March 2019. Candidates need to attend for the whole period. It will be run at Pearson VUE venues across the UK and, subject to availability, internationally.

What are the advantages of taking part?

You will receive a transcript with detailed results including your result in relation to the other candidates in the pilot. You will be able to show this to any future employer.

Candidates who complete the entire Stage 1 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, skills workshops, and one-to-one coaching sessions.

The firms currently offering these opportunities are:

  • Atherton Godfrey
  • Brethertons
  • Browne Jacobson
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Mayer Brown
  • Moore Blatch
  • Sidley Austin

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 offered. Candidates will be allowed to select the opportunity they wish to take up based on their overall result and availability (i.e. the highest scoring candidate will have first choice).

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?

Applications for the pilot have now closed but you can 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 questions, get in touch.

How can law firms help?

If you are part of a law firm or an organisation with a legal department and would like to find out more about how you can help with career development opportunities for the best-performing candidates, get in touch with your details so we can contact you.