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Qualifying Work Experience (QWE)

Qualifying Work Experience (QWE)

As part of the SQE route to qualification, you will need to undertake two years full time or equivalent qualifying work experience (QWE). This recognised period of practical training aims to develop your legal skills and knowledge before you can be admitted as a solicitor.

You can take QWE before, during or after taking SQE1 and/or SQE2, so experience already gained could be banked now. To help students learn more about the QWE and what to consider when you are thinking about a QWE placement, Kathryn Newton, our Programme Leader has put together a three-part article series on the QWE.



Part 1... What is QWE?                              

This article looks at what is QWE and the requirements to complete for the regulator.

Part 2... How do you record your QWE?

This article looks at how to your record your QWE.

Part 3... What should you be looking for in QWE?

This article looks at what should you be looking for in a QWE placement.


for organisations: GUIDANCE ON PROVIDING QWE

In this article, the College’s Programme Leader, Sarah Taylor, shares her expertise on the considerations for QWE providers.








Vist the SRA website for more information on Qualifying Work Experience