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The other available pathways to becoming a qualified solicitor are if:
What happens when the SQE is launched?
SQE Assessment Stage – SQE1 (Functioning Legal Knowledge)
The first SQE1 exam sitting will be in November 2021. You can read more about the SQE1 assessment here.
SQE Assessment stage – SQE2 (Practical Legal Skills Assessments)
The SQE will be awarded as a pass or a failure without distinctions or commendations. City firms may ask new recruits to study additional courses or electives.
The first SQE2 exam sitting will take place in April 2021. You can read more about the SQE2 assessment here.
Qualifying Work Experience (QWE)
The experience must also be signed off by one of the following:
Degree or equivalent
For example, Law Training Centre offers the CILEx Level 6 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice. This qualification would meet the ‘degree or equivalent’ requirement.
Standards of character
More information on this can be found here.
What happens if I’m already studying for a law degree, GDL and/or LPC?
For example, if you hold an LPC or will have started one before the 1st of September 2021, you could still qualify via the SQE by asking the SRA to recognise any qualifying work experience you have accrued and by successfully completing the SQE2. Read more about transitional arrangements here.