Solicitors Qualifying Exam

Can Paralegals Take The SQE?

March 22, 2021

From 2021 the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) becomes the main way an aspiring solicitor will qualify in England and Wales. It gradually phases out the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Paralegals can take the SQE and use their professional experience as part of the Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) part […]

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How will the SQE affect law firms in 2021?

March 17, 2021

The new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is on the horizon. The highly anticipated SQE is rolling out from September 2021 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Its aim is clear – to simplify the route to legal qualification. It also aims to make sure that all would-be solicitors meet the same high and consistent standards. […]

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SQE Qualifying Work Experience: Key questions answered

February 23, 2021

With the first SQE1 exam set for November 2021, the first preparation courses are underway. Firms and individuals are already preparing for this new route to qualification in England and Wales. A large volume of delegates is on the BARBRI’s inaugural SQE1 Prep course. Yet, one element which is leaving many with feelings of uncertainty […]

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How to prepare for the SQE while working

February 5, 2021

The new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), which comes into effect in September 2021, is now less than a year away. Replacing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC), which will be phased out, would-be lawyers and students are now turning their attentions to the finer details of the SQE. Hot topics […]

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Don’t have a law degree? Do you need to complete a GDL before the SQE?

January 8, 2021

With the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) from September 2021, a frequently asked question is – will I need to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) before undertaking the SQE? Those law schools already offering a GDL will argue that their GDL will help a non-law graduate to prepare for legal practice. […]

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Preparing for 2021, a new world of legal education

December 18, 2020

To say that 2020 has been a year of unprecedented change for the legal industry, still doesn’t seem to do justice to the huge amount of upheaval the sector has experienced during the past twelve months. When the pandemic descended at the start of the year, law firms had to quickly reassess their strategies for […]

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How do I become a lawyer in the UK?

October 26, 2020

The route to qualification as a solicitor in the UK is changing with the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). Try the new SQE Prep course from world leaders BARBRI for free. Becoming a lawyer is the UK is not a quick process by any means. It involves dedication, years of academic study and […]

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Diversity in the legal profession: Will SQE help or hinder?

September 16, 2020

Diversity and social mobility or indeed the lack of it have been a central issue that the legal profession has been grappling with for as long as I can remember. Traditionally dominated by privileged men who were once infamously labelled as ‘white, male and stale’ and who no longer accurately reflect today’s multi-cultural society, barristers’ […]

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Solicitors Qualifying Exam: Top 10 Questions

September 10, 2020

Tracy Savage, BARBRI’s Academic Head of UK programmes, answers the top ten questions on the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. 1. How will the Solicitors Qualifying Exam change the process of becoming a solicitor? In short, the Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE) is the legal profession’s equivalent to the ‘big bang’. Also known as the ‘super-exam’, this much […]

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A guide for overseas lawyers dual qualifying in England & Wales

June 12, 2020

As we now live in a more interconnected way than ever before, with national borders no longer being a barrier to doing business across multiple countries and London unquestionably remaining a major hub for international commerce, lawyers who are admitted to practice overseas are likely to reap huge benefits by gaining a dual qualification as […]

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