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SQE2 Pilot open for applicants now!
Now that the Pilot for SQE1 is over and the findings are in, the SRA and Kaplan are ready to launch the SQE2 pilot and interested parties can apply now to take part in the pilot. If you meet the right criteria, you could help shape the future of the legal profession by participating in the SQE2 pilot!
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Who can apply?

The second part of the SQE2 pilot has its next round of testing set up for the 10th – 11th December and 13th – 15th December. If you have completed one or more of the following:

  • completed stage 1 of the Legal Practice course
  • completed a period of study and/or work experience equivalent to stage 1 of the LPC
  • have qualified as a lawyer in a recognised jurisdiction eligible to qualify via the QLTS or
  • be a barrister in England or Wales

  • then you could earn up to £500* sitting pilot examinations for the SRA.

    You may currently be:

  • a paralegal
  • a chartered legal executive
  • trainee solicitor
  • solicitors apprentice

  • The SRA is especially keen to receive applications from minority groups protected by the Equality Act 2010.
    The SQE2 pilot will branch over five days (of which candidates will only have to attend four days) and include the following:

  • A computer based single best answer, multiple choice test assessment that will take place at Pearson Vue venues across the UK and potentially also internationally (subject to availability)
  • An oral and written assessment that will take place in the royal college of general practitioners, London or the Kaplan, spring house in Highbury East, London

  • While the computer based, Multiple Choice Test is not intended to form part of the SQE2, it is included in this pilot run for data gathering purposes.

    While passing the pilot is not the same as passing a QLTS or the live SQE qualification, it does come with some perks for candidates who do well in the pilot examinations. For example, there will be a £300 gratia payment for participants with a further £200 given to the top 10% achievers. Candidates who are attending the pilots in London will also be able to claim back travel expenses provided they meet the right criteria.**

    There are also benefits for top performers in the SQE pilots from firms that are willing to give high achievers in the SQE2 training contract assessment day place, open day places, work experience placements or career development coaching.

    Participants of the SQE2 pilot will also be given detailed transcripts with their results set against others who participated. All of which can be shown to prospective employers.

    Further details of the assessment will be released to successful applicants.

    Applications are open until the 13 September 2019. If you think you meet the criteria, help shape the future of the legal profession in England and Wales by applying now and grabbing your spot in the SQE2 pilot.

    What is the SQE?

    The SQE will be a new way to qualify as a Solicitor in England and Wales. From 2021, those wishing to qualify as a Solicitor will be required to pass the following:

    SQE 1

    SQE1 Functional Legal Knowledge (FLK) and Practical Legal Skills Assessments
  • Proposed 2 tests of 180 single best answer questions
  • A form of skills test
  • SQE 2

    SQE2 Practical Legal Skills Assessment which will assess
  • Legal research
  • Legal writing
  • Legal drafting
  • Case and matter analysis
  • Oral presentation/advocacy
  • Client interview
  • Attendance note/case analysis (linked to the client interview)
  • The total cost of both examinations is projected to be between £3,000 – £4,500. Candidates will also be required to have qualifying work experience and pass the SRA character and suitability requirements.

    *Candidates will receive a £300 ex-gratia payment for completing all aspects of the pilot and a further £200 will be given to candidates who achieve the top 10% of grades

    **Up to £150.00 for those who start their journey more than 40 miles from the assessment venue