Solicitors Qualifying Exam - SQE
The SQE is a new system of exams that all solicitors must pass at the point of qualifying. It will replace the GDL and LPC in September 2021, subject to final approval by the Legal Services Board in late 2020 according to the SRA. There are four requirements to qualify as a solicitor once SQE comes into effect in 2021. Firstly, you must possess a university degree or equivalent in any subject (law or non-law). Secondly, you must pass the SRA’s character and suitability assessment. Thirdly, you must pass SQE stages one and two (more details on each stage will be provided soon), and lastly, you must have at least two years’ qualifying legal experience (QLE), also classified as “qualifying work experience” (QWE).