Degree or equivalent
For people qualifying via the SQE after autumn 2021
Degree requirements post SQE introduction
We want to encourage people from all backgrounds to become solicitors. Some people will have a degree, but even if you haven’t you are still able to qualify through the SQE if you have a qualification or work experience which is equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree. For instance, a solicitor apprenticeship.
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.