What is QWE?
The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) has been designed to be a flexible route to qualification. This is reflected in the requirements for Qualifying Work Experience (QWE).
- Where: QWE does not need to be completed within a traditional law firm. It can include work from placements during a law degree, law clinic work, voluntary or charitable legal services, paralegal work, or work undertaken during a training contract.
- When: QWE can be completed before, during or after the SQE assessments.
- Length: QWE can be obtained at up to four organisations for different lengths of time, but must equate to at least 2 years full time. The qualifying period may take longer than two years to achieve, for example, if the experience is spread over a range of part-time and full-time roles.
- Jurisdiction: QWE is not limited to work undertaken in England and Wales – it can be gained overseas and does not need to cover English and Welsh law.