Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

July 2020

We will be introducing a new, independent centralised assessment for all would-be solicitors. The SQE will mean that everyone who becomes a solicitor will meet the same high standards in a consistent way.

Subject to final approval from the Legal Services Board, from autumn 2021 to qualify everyone will need to:

  • have a degree in any subject (or equivalent qualification or work experience)
  • pass both stages of the SQE assessment - SQE1 focuses on legal knowledge and SQE2 on practical legal skills
  • have 2 years' qualifying work experience
  • pass our character and suitability requirements.

Find out more about the SQE