Features & Analysis

First candidates sit SQE as ‘super-exam’ becomes a reality

The SQE may help alleviate a persistent problem in the legal profession: growing numbers of LPC graduates failing to secure a relatively small number of training contracts; having a more flexible approach to qualifying work experience may help tackle the training contract bottleneck

Last week saw the dawn of a new era in the legal profession as the first candidates sat the new ‘super exam’ to qualify as a solicitor. The tried and tested route to becoming a solicitor in England and Wales is gradually being replaced by a new regime called the Solicitors Qualifying Exam – or more snappily, the SQE.

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