The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has now announced that it intends to press ahead with its plans to introduce the solicitors qualifying examination (SQE) to replace the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) qualifications. Proposed implementation is 2020.
Speaking to the Law Society Gazette, Bryan Scant, chair of the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD), has called for more information on the cost of the exams and how the SRA expects candidates to fund them. He goes on to say that the JLD is keen to ensure that the profession is accessible to all and not just those who have sufficient means to sit the assessments.
In a message to the local JLD group network the JLD has confirmed that it will be working with local JLD groups to raise firms’ awareness of the new route to qualification and continue to press the SRA on their proposed reforms to ensure the best outcomes for the profession and future solicitors.
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