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36. Upcoming SQE Changes: What to Expect in the Coming Year

Upcoming SQE Changes: What to Expect in the Coming Year

The legal profession is undergoing significant changes, and with the upcoming implementation of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), aspiring solicitors need to stay up-to-date with the latest developments. In this blog post, we will explore the upcoming changes to the SQE and provide an overview of what to expect in the coming year.

Introduction to the SQE

The SQE is a new assessment framework introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) that will replace the current Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The SQE aims to ensure consistency and high standards in legal education and training, providing a more accessible and flexible pathway to becoming a solicitor.

Key Changes in the SQE

The SQE will be divided into two stages: SQE1 and SQE2. SQE1 will assess candidates on their legal knowledge and understanding through multiple-choice questions and written skills assessments. SQE2 will focus on their practical legal skills and will include written and oral tasks, as well as simulations.

One of the major changes with the SQE is the removal of the requirement to have a qualifying law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Under the new framework, candidates will be able to qualify through a combination of academic and vocational qualifications or by completing the SQE assessments directly.

The SRA has also introduced a work experience requirement for SQE qualification. Candidates will need to complete at least two years of qualifying work experience (QWE) before they can apply for admission as a solicitor. This change is aimed at bridging the gap between academic learning and practical legal skills.

Timeline for Implementation

The SQE is set to be implemented in the autumn of [current year]. From this point forward, aspiring solicitors will have to follow the new assessment framework to qualify. It is important to stay updated with the latest information from the SRA and ensure that you are prepared for the changes ahead.

Preparing for the SQE

While the SQE brings significant changes, adequate preparation is key to success. There are several resources available to help you prepare for the SQE assessments, including preparation courses and practice exams.

For SQE1, it is crucial to have a solid understanding of the core legal subjects and their application. Practice exams, such as the SQE 1 Practice Exam Questions and SQE 1 Practice Mocks FLK1 FLK2, can be valuable in familiarizing yourself with the format and content of the assessments.

When preparing for SQE2, focus on developing your practical legal skills. Enrolling in SQE 2 Preparation Courses, such as those offered by [your organization name], can provide you with the necessary guidance and support to excel in the practical assessments.


The SQE brings significant changes to the legal profession as it aims to enhance the quality and accessibility of legal education and training. Aspiring solicitors need to stay informed about the upcoming changes and make appropriate preparations to ensure success.

If you are considering pursuing a career as a solicitor, familiarize yourself with the details of the SQE and the timeline for implementation. Take advantage of available resources, such as preparation courses and practice exams, to enhance your chances of success.

For more information about the SQE and key dates for the exams, refer to the SRA SQE Exam Dates article on our website.