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SQE: Avoiding a two-tier profession

The new super-exam should help deal with the LPC gamble and put the profession within the reach of many, says Alex Hawley

17 May 2017

In the interests of full disclosure: for the same amount of money I have spent post-18 gaining my degree and qualifying as a solicitor, I could have bought the house in which I was born mortgage-free, with plenty to spare. I would rather work in the profession I love, but buying the house would not have involved the equivalent one-in-five training contract ‘gamble’. And, in the current system, I would not even have the choice to make without innate privilege, access to the ‘bank of mum and (grand)dad’, and LPC funding from my firm.

I mention this because far too many of my peers took the same gamble and ended up with neither. They now find themselves stuck in repeated paralegal posts with promised training contracts rarely materialising, or, after some years in limbo, have followed other career paths with their LPC proving an extremely expensive entry in the ‘other skills and qualif...

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