If you’re looking to become a solicitor, you might be aware of the various routes available for qualification.
However, things are changing with the more traditional LPC method being phased out and replaced by the SQE.
In this article, Frettens answer some of the most frequently asked questions around the SQE and outline how it all works.
What is the SQE and how does it work?
SQE stands for Solicitors Qualifying Examination and is a way for solicitors to become qualified in England and Wales.
It involves two stages, SQE 1 and SQE 2. To gain the qualification, both of these assessments need to be passed and you need to have two years Qualifying Work Experience (QWE).
The SQE is set to become the main route to qualification, with the more tradition LPC method set to phase out soon.
Why was SQE introduced?
The SQE was introduced to ensure that all solicitors are assessed to the same standard, and as ‘solicitors’ as opposed to ‘students’.
The SRA (Solicitors Regulatory Authority) aim to introduce more ‘competitive pressures’ with the SQE, in order to increase the standards.
Although LPCs aren’t set to phase out until 2032 in theory, in practice they have around 2 years left.
Does the SQE require a law degree?
To qualify through the SQE route you do need to have a degree, or an equivalent.
This does not have to be in law and can be in any subject.
You can find out more here.
Will law firms pay for SQE?
This depends on the law firm! Some firms will pay for the SQE in full or in part, and some not at all.
Frettens fully fund your SQE tuition and exams and offer a very competitive salary alongside it.
How long does it take to complete the SQE?
To qualify as a solicitor through the SQE, you need two years’ work experience. However, the courses and examinations themselves can vary from 10-40 weeks and can be part or full time.
Frettens’ Graduate Scheme, which is outlined in its entirety below, takes place over 3 years.
What is the Graduate Scheme like at Frettens?