‘Should I do the SQE during my law degree?’

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One reader is unsure whether they should study and sit the exam during their placement year 🤔

In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, one Legal Cheek reader is looking to complete part one of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) during their placement year.

“I am in the second year of my LLB. I am hoping to spend the 2022-23 academic year on a professional placement, working full-time as a paralegal or within an in-house legal team. Given that the SQE1 exam does not require a degree as a prerequisite, I am considering taking a part-time course and sitting the exam during my placement year. I would pay for this out of my maintenance loan. Is this sensible? What other factors do I need to consider?”

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