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Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

In autumn 2021, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will introduce a new route to qualifying as a solicitor: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

The Legal Services Board (LSB) approved the introduction of the SQE on 28 October 2020. See the SRA's announcement and our briefing on the LSB's decision and its assessment of the issues and risks.

As further information and SQE policy is established, we will work to ensure the profession is kept up to date with developments as well as representing the views of the profession.

The SQE is designed to test, to the level set by the SRA’s Threshold Standard:

This guide tells about the SQE, including:

Background

The SQE is being introduced as part of the SRA’s Training for Tomorrow programme

The programme is in response to the report on the Legal Education and Training Review in 2013. 

The report called for regulators to focus on the standards required of solicitors at the point of qualification and on an ongoing basis.

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