Over 700 solicitors admitted through new SQE route
Five exams now taken place, SRA reveals
Over 700 solicitors have been admitted through the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) route, the regulator has revealed.
The SQE was introduced in September 2021, becoming the new route to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. Since then the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) said five assessments have taken place and 724 solicitors have been admitted through the new route.
To qualify through the SQE route candidates must meet four requirements: have a degree or equivalent qualification, pass the two-part SQE, complete two years of qualifying work experience (QWE), and meet the SRA’s character and suitability requirements.
The update comes as students prepare to sit the next SQE1 exam this month. SQE is comprised of two exams, SQE1 and 2, with the first assessing black letter law through a series of single-best answer questions, and the second examining legal skills through 16 tasks or ‘stations’. It costs £4,115 to sit both exams, following a recent price increase.
The SQE replaced the Legal Practice Course (LPC) as the route to solicitor qualification. Both courses are available until the LPC is phased out by the end of 2032.
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7 years PQE
Any stats on how many people sat the exams? Would be interesting to know what that pass rate is in relation to.
From a quick Google search, the pass rate is between 55-65%. Given the SQE students are examined on everything from their undergraduate law degree and post-graduate law degree in two closed book exams, I’d argue it’s somewhat harder than the LPC exams. That said, I don’t think this will help students struggling to find TC’s. The same students will struggle to find NQ positions, if they haven’t bagged a TC through this new SQE route.