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The SQE and firms’ recruitment

Mark Stobbs, former director of legal policy, The Law Society

22 March 2016

The SRA's consultation on assessment for the solicitor qualification closed on 4 March. Firms need to be aware of the implications for their training arrangements.

The proposal is that there should be a single Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE) run by the SRA which will determine whether or not an individual can qualify. The SQE will be in two parts: the first testing knowledge (broadly, the law degree); the second, which can only be taken after the first has been passed, skills (broadly, a combination of LPC and training contract). It's likely that people will be able to take various modules separately, whenever they like. No account is taken of proxies, such as law degrees; law students are going to be tested twice.

The proposal addresses concerns about the perceived differences in value of different degrees and LPCs, and about the fact that hardly anybody ever fails...

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