What is the SQE?
The SQE consists of two sets of assessments that applicants must pass in order to qualify as a solicitor: SQE 1 (functioning legal knowledge) and SQE 2 (practical legal skills). There is no mandated programme of education or training required in order to pass the SQE, although preparation training and additional knowledge and skills courses will be offered at a price by legal education providers.
How does this affect my business?
The SQE is being introduced in September 2021. However, applicants will have the option to choose between the LPC and SQE route provided that they have started their legal education prior to the introduction of the SQE, with a provisional long-stop date of September 2031.