The SQE Exam: What is it and who takes it?
We are delighted to support aspiring solicitors and their (future) employers through the challenges of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SRA states that the new exam “is all about setting and assuring high, consistent, professional standards ….” So, what does this mean for future lawyers? It means that you must sit a series of national examinations, set centrally by Kaplan under the auspices of the SRA.
The SQE will comprise a series of exams that may be taken after completing a degree (law or otherwise) and/or whilst gaining work experience. Unlike the existing GDL/LPC exams, legal topics and skills will be examined in mixed subject questions (e.g. contract with civil litigation) and so more closely aligned to “real-life” legal problems. This means that a classic undergraduate law degree (and indeed a non-law degree) will be insufficient alone to prepare for the SQE exam. In addition, the exam format requires specific exam techniques requiring multiple opportunities to practice multiple choice questions and complete mock exams. BARBRI has over 50 years’ experience of preparing students for such exams.