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Understanding the SQE and what it means for me

SQE: The new route to qualify as a solicitor

In September 2021, the Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination (SQE) became the new centralised way to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will eventually replace the current route to practice – the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

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The Legal Practice Course: The Lex Lowdown

The Legal Practice Course is currently the final mandatory qualification required before commencing a training contract. It’s also a considerable financial commitment, especially following hikes in tuition fees. For that reason, you are well-advised to do as much research as you can – so read on!

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The debunking of a myth: The Graduate Diploma in Law

The GDL is scheduled to be replaced by the SQE from September 2021. At the time of writing, the GDL is still an academic requirement for non-law graduates wishing to qualify as a solicitor.

While attending numerous law fairs last autumn, the Lex team was struck by the number of students voicing uncertainty and concern about the law conversion course and how candidates who have sat it may be perceived by employers. This article will hopefully offer a bit more information on what the conversion course is, and calm fears that it may be anything other than a respected, well-worn pathway into the legal profession.

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