SRA seeks law students and lawyers to sit SQE2 pilot

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Cash and work placements up for grabs

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today opened applications for the pilot test of stage two of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Under the new regime, SQE2 assesses aspiring lawyers’ practical legal skills including client interviewing, advocacy, case analysis, legal research, legal writing and legal drafting. By contrast, SQE1 focuses on black letter law.

The regulator, which released the results of its pilot of SQE1 last month, says it’s seeking candidates who fall into one of three categories: completed stage one of the Legal Practice Course (or have education and/or work experience equivalent to this); a qualified lawyer in a recognised jurisdiction; or a barrister of England and Wales.

As reported by Legal Cheek earlier this year, candidates who complete the pilot will receive £300, while those who score in the top 10% will receive an additional £200. As well as cold, hard cash, a number of law firms are offering “career development opportunities” to top performers including work placements, open day places, coaching and training contract assessment day places.

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The second session of SQE testing will again be run by Kaplan, the legal education giant tasked with delivering the new super-exam, and see candidates complete written work and oral assessments over a four day period in December. The closing date for applications is 13 September 2019.

The fresh recruitment drive comes just weeks after the regulator revealed it was considering ditching the practical skills element of SQE1 after it failed to reach the “high standard of accuracy required”.

The super-exam is due to come into force in September 2021 and will replace both the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). It will likely cost students between £3,000 and £4,500 for the examinations alone, according to the SRA.

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CMS Hopeful

So what you do badly and then you’ve got that record for life? No thks



On a serious note, shouldn’t they be reaching out specifically to BAME law students for the testing as they identified BAME students as an area where they had concerns?



On a serious note, you are racist and an idiot.



12.16, BAME candidates did worse on the skills mocks so they are ditching the skills mocks. Standards come second to diversity apparently.



I’m a little confused by the criteria. As a qualified and practicing solicitor can I do it to pocket the £300 and hope to scoop an additional £200?


A Trainee

Yes, exactly but is it worth four days of annual leave?



I did not see this part. Absolutely not then. Assumed it was an evening or online thing.



Alex and Tom both passed the BVC. Why don’t they both take the SQE and post their scores? As world class legal journalists, I’m sure they’d have no difficulty passing



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“We a firm test to mark a gateway to the profession”.

The “firm test” produces lower results for BAME candidates.

“We need to change the test to meet diversity agendas”.

Conclusion. Gateway is less important than virtue signalling.


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