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The real cost of the SQE

Bryan Scant has concerns about the implications of the solicitors qualifying exam for access to the profession

22 March 2016

As most readers will know, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is proposing an overhaul of the way in which individuals qualify as a solicitor, whereby everyone will have to sit a universal test, the solicitors qualifying exam (SQE), ?to qualify. 

There are no entrance requirements, which means there is no need to undertake ?a degree, nor indeed any graduate-level education or ?the legal practice course (LPC).

The SRA has provided a consultation paper which the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society (JLD) has replied ?to, outlining our concerns. ?This article focuses on just one aspect: the impact that the proposed changes will have ?on access to the profession. 

The JLD expects that most entrants will still need a degree and the LPC, as well as the SQE; therefore the process will be more expensive, not less.  

The SRA’s position is that ?by removing the requirement for entrants to demonstrate a graduate level of e...

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