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Great expectations: the problem with SQE

With the new ‘super-exam’ set to go live in 2021, it’s now up to the Legal Services Board to insist on essential clarification before giving it the green light, says Dr Jessica Guth

24 January 2019

It feels like the SQE, the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, has been hanging over us for a very long time.

In November 2018 we finally got confirmation that the Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to launch the new route to qualification in 2021. That, however, is about all we really know for sure.

What we know

The SQE will be part of a four-stage process of qualification as a solicitor. The SQE itself forms two of those, as it will be split into Part 1 – testing legal knowledge and its application and Part 2 – testing more practical lawyering skills; passing the SRA’s character and suitability requirement and having a degree or equivalent level qualification (in any subject).

These four building blocks can, at least theoretically, be achieved in any order. We also know that Kaplan are the approved provider for the administration of the test and that the knowledge to be tested is that covered in the Statement of Legal K...

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