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The SQE: Finding 
the right tool for the job

Pippa Allsop asks whether the exam is removing one barrier and replacing it with an economic hurdle

12 January 2016

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) opened a consultation last month setting out its proposals in relation to the solicitors qualifying examination (SQE),
a 'new standardised system for assessing trainees… based on the competencies required to do the job'. The SQE would supposedly manage the current inability to 'measure the quality of students who emerge from the [training] process', which for the SRA is a cause of increasing concern.

While welcoming the development of new pathways to qualification, such as apprenticeship and 'equivalent means', the SRA says these changes 'would ensure consistent high standards of entry into the profession.'

One of the criticisms levelled at the plans so far has been that the SQE would give non-graduates access to the profession. Clearly this is in line with improving diversity within the legal profession th...

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