Degree or equivalent
For people qualifying via the SQE after autumn 2021
Degree requirements post SQE introduction
By the time a candidate applies to qualify as a solicitor, they would need to:
- Hold a UK degree, awarded at level 6 (or above) of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, by a recognised degree-awarding body.
- Hold an equivalent UK qualification. A UK qualification can be considered equivalent if it is:
- An accredited qualification at level 6 (or above) of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, awarded by recognised degree-awarding body or
- A regulated qualification at level 6 (or above) of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or
- An apprenticeship at level 6 or above, approved by the government departments of England, Wales or Northern Ireland or
- A qualification or apprenticeship at level 9 or above of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
- Hold an equivalent non-UK qualification. A non-UK qualification can be considered equivalent if it is:
- Shown to be equivalent to either a UK degree or equivalent UK qualification through a UK NARIC Statement of Comparability or
- An accredited qualification at level 6 (or above) of the European Qualifications Framework.
- Can demonstrate work experience, equivalent to a UK degree or equivalent UK qualification (each equivalent application will be considered on a case by case basis).
- This would be a sufficient standard of general education and learning (Level 3 equivalent of the Regulated Qualifications Framework) and considerable work-based learning.
Already studying or got a law degree
Please see our transitional arrangements for more information for those already on their way to becoming a solicitor.