The Law Society has published a helpful note on the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, summarising the information already provided by the Solicitors Regulation Authority - and identifying the things we don't yet know. These include significant aspects such as:
- Details of the assessments
- Whether assessments will be available in Welsh
- Cost of the assessments
- When the SQE will be implemented
The note is available on the Law Society website (https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/law-careers/becoming-a-solicitor/sqe-overview/) and is well worth a read for any firms or aspiring solicitors who want to know more about the changes.
The SRA is looking to introduce a new way of qualifying into the profession: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The Law Society has been representing the profession's views as the SQE policy has been created and continues to do so as the assessments are developed. This overview outlines what is currently known about the SRA's plans for the SQE and may assist aspiring solicitors, employers, providers of legal education and other organisations offering training in deciding what they can do to prepare at this stage. While the detail of the SQE assessments is still being developed, there is much that has already been decided by the SRA and approved by the Legal Services Board or which has been the subject of SRA advice.