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WHAT IS THE SQE?
The route to qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales has changed. In September 2021, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) introduced the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) which will eventually replace the current Legal Practice Course (LPC).
On this page, we have addressed some of the common questions around the SQE to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your route to qualification.
- What is the SQE?
- The SQE Route to Qualification
- What is Qualifying Work Experience?
- Can I qualify with a LPC?
- Key Facts about the SQE
- What is SQE1?
- What is SQE2?
- When can you take the SQE?
- Where can I take the SQE?
- How do I register for the SQE?
- How can I prepare for the SQE?
- I’m an international student, can I take the SQE?
- Can I take the SQE Assessments anywhere in the world?
- Can I gain QWE anywhere in the world?
- I’m a qualified lawyer, what does the SQE mean for me?
- The LPC or the SQE? Which route is right for me?
- Funding the SQE
There are several ways that you can fund your SQE studies and assessment costs. Firstly, your employer or future employer may fund or part-fund your costs.
If you study for the SQE through an LLM in Legal Practice and you are based in England, you may be eligible for a Masters Loan. The Masters Loan will fully cover the costs of the College’s LLM in Legal Practice, that includes preparation for both SQE1 and SQE2, and the SRA’s SQE exam fees.
Course fees can be paid over instalments across the course timeframes with many of the providers, including The College of Legal Practice.
Lastly, there are also scholarships available at the College in addition to some of the other SQE providers. The Law Society’s Diversity and Access Scheme funds SQE and LPC costs. You can find more details here