SQE moves to testing and piloting phase for Stage 1

SQE Stage 1 pilot and assessment specification for the pilot

SQE stage 1 pilot candidates selected

The SQE Stage 1 pilot will take place on 20-22 March. Applications to be involved in the SQE Stage 1 pilot closed on 17 December. We received a large number of applications and are very pleased with level of interest shown. Successful applicants have been contacted and they will be sent more information shortly.

SQE Stage 1 pilot Assessment Specification published

The Assessment Specification for the Stage 1 pilot is now available. It tells you what will be assessed in the pilot, how they will be assessed and to what standard.

Below we provide some information about the Stage 1 pilot.

Who will take part?

Candidates were selected to create a sample group which is a representative as possible of those who will sit the SQE when it is introduced. In terms of prior education and experience, this means that candidates should either:

  • have completed Stage 1 (the compulsory stage) of the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or
  • have completed a period of study and/or work experience equivalent to Stage 1 (the compulsory stage) of the LPC, or
  • be a qualified lawyer in a recognised jurisdiction eligible to qualify via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme, or
  • be a barrister of England and Wales.

The pilot was oversubscribed and so preference was given to those who applied early.

When is the pilot?

The pilot will run over two and a half days on 20-22 March 2019. Candidates need to attend for the whole period. It will take place at one of 42 Pearson VUE venues across the UK and select international venues.

What are the advantages of taking part?

Candidates will receive a transcript with detailed results including their result in relation to the other candidates in the pilot. They will be able to show this to any future employer.

Candidates who complete the entire Stage 1 pilot will receive £300. Candidates in the top 10 percent will receive an additional £200.

In addition to this, a number of leading law firms are offering a limited number of career development opportunities for the best performing candidates. These include a training contract assessment day place, open day places, skills workshops, and one-to-one coaching sessions.

The firms currently offering these opportunities are:

  • Atherton Godfrey
  • Brethertons
  • Browne Jacobson
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Mayer Brown
  • Moore Blatch
  • Sidley Austin

After the pilot, the best performing candidates will be contacted once they have received their results to give them with further details and discuss the opportunities offered. They will be allowed to select the opportunity they wish to take up based on their overall result and availability (ie the highest scoring candidate will have first choice).

We will continue to work with law firms who want to offer career development opportunities and will update the information on this website as appropriate.

How do I find out more detail?

Read our SQE pilot key information to learn more about what is involved.

If you have questions, get in touch.

How can law firms help?

If you work in a law firm, or an organisation with a legal department, you can get involved by offering career development opportunities for the best-performing candidates.

Get in touch with your details so we can contact you.