The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is due to come into effect from September 2021.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has decided to transform the way you can qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales, by introducing the SQE as a new centralised exam system that will apply to anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor.
In addition to passing the SQE, you will need to satisfy the requirements of character suitability, have two years work based training and a degree, apprenticeship or equivalent.
The SQE will be split into two parts where both parts will need to be passed to be able to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.
SQE (Part 1) - Legal Knowledge Assessments
- Six computer based functioning legal knowledge assessments.
- One practical legal research and writing assessment.
SQE (Part 2) - Practical Legal Skills Assessments
Five assessment areas:
- Client interviewing;
- Case and matter analysis;
- Legal research and written advice
- Legal drafting
The five assessments must be passed in any two practice areas (in effect, ten assessments) out of the following practice areas:
- Criminal Practice
- Dispute Resolution
- Wills and Probate
- Commercial and Corporate Practice
More information about the SQE can be found on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website or you are welcome to contact us.