Joanne Kane considers how the proposed SQE compares to the approach taken in US bar exams

We have been reading with interest, from across the pond, the proposals by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for the solicitors qualifying examination, as well as some responses to those proposals. Such significant reform inevitably involves risk, and it is unsurprising that the proposals for the SQE have attracted both strong support and opposition.

It seems like an apt moment to reflect on the approach we have taken in the United States at the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and consider how our examinations compare to the proposed SQE.The centralised assessment of legal knowledge, skills, and abilities has been accepted practice for decades in the US....

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