What is the SQE?
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The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a single, rigorous assessment for all aspiring solicitors. The SQE will mean that everyone who becomes a solicitor will meet the same high standards in a consistent way.
UPDATE: October 2023 SQE2 results are now available and candidates have been sent an email with a link from which to access their results. Please see the SQE News for more information on how to access your results.
UPDATE: April SQE2 booking. We are processing seat reservation forms from January SQE1 candidates. From 18 March candidates that submitted a form, pass the January SQE1 (results released on 14 March) and complete their pre-booking steps will be able to complete their booking. Please see the SQE news for more information.
The SQE is provided by Kaplan SQE Ltd., working with, and on behalf of, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). All information provided has been written in conjunction with, and adhering to, the SRA’s guidelines.
We have worked with solicitors, employers, education training providers, careers advisers and aspiring solicitors to develop information to help you understand and prepare for the SQE.
The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a single, rigorous assessment that all aspiring solicitors will take before qualifying. To qualify you need to:
have a degree in any subject or a qualification or experience that is equivalent to a degree, such as a solicitor apprenticeship which combines on-the-job experience and training.
Complete two years' full-time (or equivalent) Qualifying Work Experience.
Pass both stages of the SQE assessment - SQE1 focuses on practical legal knowledge and SQE2 on practical legal skills.
Meet our character and suitability requirements.
Create your personal SQE account and book your assessments.
Find out what happens after passing the SQE and admission to the roll of solicitors.
Originally published on 17 October 2023
There are limited seats remaining for the January 2024 SQE1 assessment window.
While we do not anticipate significantly more seats being added, we do see cancellations during the course of a booking window. We advise candidates to check in the booking system periodically to see if seats become available due to cancellations. If you book a seat and later find that seats become available in a more preferred location, it is possible to change your test centre location online without any charge, subject to availability, before the booking window closes.
The booking window closes at 5pm (UK time) on15 November 2023.
The next sitting of SQE1 is in July 2024 and the booking window for that opens on 10 April 2024.
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