I am an education and training provider

4 April 2019

This information is for education and training providers. It will help you understand more about the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), what it might mean for you and help you think through what you need to do to implement it.

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.


Malcolm Knott

Solicitor, Barrister, Judge

Talks about the importance of a centralised assessment

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

  • We plan, alongside the Bar Standards Board, to make changes to our Training Regulations. These changes will have an impact on QLD and CPE courses as part of the academic stage of training. We have agreed a Common Protocol with the BSB to explain the impact of the proposed changes on these courses.
  • Think about how long it will take you to make changes to implement the SQE? Who needs to be involved? What governance is needed?
  • Look at the Statement of Solicitor Competence and draft assessment specification. What does this mean for you and your students?
  • How, and when, will you explain to prospective students your plans for implementing the SQE?
  • Talk to local employers to understand how they are preparing for the SQE and what their training requirements are likely to be in the future.
  • Join our LinkedIn reference group. It will help you stay up to date with latest developments.
  • Look at our eligibility for admission regulations (as part of our Standards and Regulations. Please note these are not yet in force).

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 shows 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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