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The Solicitors Qualifying Examination: Perspectives on the Proposed Changes to Legal Qualification

Kirton-Darling, Edward, Layard, Antonia (2020) The Solicitors Qualifying Examination: Perspectives on the Proposed Changes to Legal Qualification. SLSA, 57 pp. (KAR id:83160)

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Abstract

Executive summary

This research project underpinning this report, The Solicitors Qualifying Examination: Perspectives on the Proposed Changes to Legal Qualification, drew on desk-based studies of legal and policy materials, supplemented with responses to a survey. The report is designed to demonstrate how socio-legal studies, which are completely omitted from the SQE proposals, provide valuable contextual analysis in legal research and study, developing key skills for students and aspiring solicitors.

how these might be ameliorated with the introduction of the QWE, perhaps in collaboration with the Sutton Trust; - Require a detailed pilot study of SQE1 and SQE2 with those solicitors’ apprentices finishing in 2021-22, allowing a more extensive analysis of SQE assessment processes; - Require the release of the raw data for the SQE1 and SQE2 pilots. The SRA have

Legal Practice Course (LPC) and training contracts as well as for the SQE and QWE. Data on aspiring solicitors should include markers of both protected characteristics and other aspects of concern, including first in family to attend university, history of free school meals, type of school attended for GCSE & ‘A’ levels, ethnicity, gender and disability. Without further refinement the SQE risks making signifiers of ability (educational establishments, social networks, identity, location and nature of work experience) even more influential in the solicitors’ profession than they are today.

Item Type: Research report (external)
Uncontrolled keywords: SQE; solicitor qualification; SRA; professional examinations; SLSA
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Edward Kirton-Darling
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2020 13:09 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83160 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kirton-Darling, Edward: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3391-6029
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