• Can you fail the SQE?Helena Kudiabor

    One fear that many have about the new SQE qualifying route is that it is made up of exams, and many people naturally struggle with test-taking. If you are in this position, you may be wondering if it is possible to fail the SQE and what happens in this scenario.

  • Choosing the Best SQE Training Provider for YouQLTS School

    The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a high stakes exam, where its success or failure will ultimately make or break your career plans of becoming a qualified solicitor in England and Wales.

  • How can I fund the SQE?Raphael Jucobin

  • How much will the SQE cost?Billy Sexton

    Costs for the SQE have been revealed! Find out how much it cost when it is first introduced in autumn 2021. 

  • How to Successfully Prepare for the SQE AssessmentsQLTS School

    The planning and preparation to become a solicitor from 2021 and beyond will look differently than it has in recent years, with the upcoming implementation of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

  • How will the SQE affect me?Jan Hill

  • How will the SQE be different from the GDL and LPC?Becky Kells

    So if you’ve reached this article, you’ll perhaps know by now that the SQE is set to replace the GDL and LPC in autumn 2021. But what exactly are the differences between the two routes?

  • Is the SQE an online course?Raphael Jucobin

    The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is the new standard exam that will be completed by all those training for the legal profession, whatever their academic background. It will be progressively phased in from Autumn 2021.

  • Is the SQE available in Welsh?Helena Kudiabor

    Many Welsh speakers have campaigned for the SQE exam to be available in their language, given that students taking the GDL and the LPC are allowed to sit their exams in it. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) initially rejected the proposal on the basis that translating the exam would be too expensive. However, following extensive campaigns and conversations with the Welsh government, the SQE will now be available in Welsh in a phased implementation.

  • Pathways to the SQEJack J Collins

    One of the most liberating things about the SQE is the way that it opens up differing pathways into being a solicitor. The thing with standardised qualifications is that they mean you can get to the point of entry in any way you like, so long as you conform to the requirements. We take a quick look at some of the options.

  • Should I self-study the SQE?Helena Kudiabor

    The SQE exams were designed to replace the GDL/LPC methods of qualifying as a solicitor. The SQE is the cheaper option, with the two sets of assessments totalling £3,980, compared to the £10,000+ required for both the GDL and the LPC. However, the cost of the SQE can quickly add up with the preparation courses offered for each exam. If you are interested in self-studying for the exams, here’s what you should know.

  • Should I sit the LPC, or wait for the SQE? Becky Kells

    At the moment, there is an option for students to complete the LPC and qualify via the traditional route, or wait an (indefinite) amount of time until the SQE is launched. If you’re wondering what to do, this article might be of use.

  • SQE: a breakdown Becky Kells

    For wannabe solicitors, news about the SQE has been a long time coming. And while the first students are yet to begin the new route to qualification, the SRA has released some information about what the new exam will look like.

  • SQE: The Need-to-Know Information for Apprentice SolicitorsDavid Carnes

    Put succinctly, a legal apprenticeship programme is a way to eventually become a solicitor without a obtaining university degree. At the end of the process, you can qualify as a solicitor. You earn while you learn, and although salaries are typically lower initially, about 80% of your experience involves on-the-job training, which offers certain advantages over students who qualify through the traditional route.

  • SQE: What does it mean for international students?David Carnes

    The SQE, or Solicitors Qualifying Exam, is a new procedure for qualifying as a solicitor that will commence in September 2021. This new system raises issues that are of special concern for international students studying in the UK, or who intend to study in the UK.

  • The SQE: what we know so far Becky Kells

    The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is a course that has, at times, prompted more questions than answers. What is it? When will it be introduced? And what about all of the LPC and GDL students out there? Until the SQE launches, we’ll be bringing you all of the SQE updates, as and when they happen—so keep an eye on this page.

  • What are the 'character and suitability' requirements needed for solicitors?Helena Kudiabor

    Once you have passed both of the SQE exams and finished your two years of qualifying work experience, you will be able to apply for admission to the roll of solicitors. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires all potential solicitors to be of proper 'character and suitability', and screens them to ensure that they fit this role. This article will explain what this means and how it might affect you.

  • What counts as qualifying work experience for the SQE?Helena Kudiabor

    The SQE exams are set to replace the LPC/GDL route to qualifying as a solicitor. One of the main differences between the two methods is that you no longer have to secure a training contract, instead any kind of legal work experience will now count towards qualification. This was designed to make the process fairer for those who have already done a bit of work experience, for example paralegals or apprentices.

  • What has the SRA said about the SQE?Becky Kells

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has created a dedicated section to provide updates about the SQE. Here, we outline some of the main points and latest developments.

  • What is SQE1?Helena Kudiabor

    The new SQE route to qualification has been dubbed the ‘super exam’, as it is made up of two sets of assessments, SQE1 and SQE2. The SQE1 will be the first exams to be taken, and should take place after you finish your law degree or any preparation courses.

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