Affirmation of sittings past transitional years for 2023/4
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has revealed additional Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) evaluation dates.
The regulator lately printed up to date info on SQE evaluation dates (beneath), which incorporates timings past the transitional years for 2023/4. It had reached out to greater than 200 regulation companies and authorized educators for suggestions on the provisional timings published last year.
The primary stage of the evaluation, often known as SQE1, will happen on eight and 11 November 2021, with SQE2 in April 2022. The SRA expects to substantiate the precise date for the primary SQE2 sitting by subsequent month.
There will probably be two sittings of every examination in 2023. The 2 SQE1 sittings happen in January and July 2023. The SRA stated it would monitor demand for introducing further SQE1 sittings, wanting so as to add sittings when applicable, for instance, in April and October 2023. The 2 SQE2 sittings happen in April and July 2023. It will enhance to 3 SQE2 sittings in 2024 (January, April and July), and in the end rising to 4 SQE2 sittings (January, April, July, and October).
The SRA stated:
“These will grow to be the common sample of SQE sittings following the transitional years of 2021 and 2022. We’ll purpose for evaluation dates which are throughout the similar weeks of the identical months so far as attainable.”
The regulator added that the brand new dates consider stakeholders’ want for a constant yearly evaluation timetable, their name for added sittings over time, and the anticipated enhance in candidates transferring by SQE.
A lot of the most important authorized training suppliers welcomed the SRA’s new dates for 2022 and past. Nonetheless, some did inform us that they want to see extra SQE1 dates added — notably in 2022.
“We warmly welcome the announcement by the SRA of latest SQE1 and a pair of evaluation dates for 2022 and past,” stated Jill Howell-Williams, nationwide SQE programme director at The College of Regulation. “It will enable us to plan our future programmes in alignment with the top aim assessments and get our college students prepared for fulfillment within the SQE”.
Howell-Williams continued: “We’re additionally actually happy to see the elevated variety of evaluation factors for SQE2 being launched in 2024 which can provide our college students many extra alternatives to organise their research and work across the new evaluation regime. We’d encourage the SRA to evaluation the SQE1 evaluation dates, notably for 2022 and take into account introducing additional dates as quickly as attainable.”
In the meantime, Sarah Hutchinson, BARBRI managing director, international, informed Authorized Cheek:
“The SQE introduces extra flexibility and accessibility to the solicitors’ skilled qualification. BARBRI welcomes the urged enhance within the variety of examination sittings from 2023 onwards. We’re assured that with BARBRI’s confirmed monitor report and versatile programs, our college students will obtain qualification on a timetable finest suited to their circumstances.”
Jane Wooden, principal lecturer at Nottingham Regulation College, stated: “We will probably be taking time to evaluate the impression of those new timings on the programs now we have developed to satisfy the introduction of SQE 1 and a pair of.”
She added: “We welcome the announcement that the SRA will introduce extra sittings for SQE2 and hope that related further alternatives going ahead will probably be obtainable for these college students wishing to sit down SQE1.”
The SQE, a two-part nationwide evaluation to be set and examined centrally, comes into power on 1 September 2021. SQE1 examines functioning authorized data and entails round ten hours of exams accomplished over the course of two days, whereas SQE2 focuses on sensible authorized abilities and takes round 14 hours to finish over 5 half days.