In 2015, there was news of a new course/exam for students wishing to become Lawyers. The traditional path to become a Solicitor was the Legal Practise Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). However, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced a new super exam, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) that would ‘revamp’ the old system starting from 2020 – to make it easier for students from different backgrounds to become a solicitor.
Some are arguing that this new avenue will not make it easier and firms will need time to transition their old training courses to make new ones. Not only this, this will bring up confusion for students who are already heading towards the LPC and GDL. The SRA makes a good argument that, although they haven’t released the costs and fees, it will make it easier on students financially; not having to pay large fees for LPC or GDL. The new exam is expected to roll out in 2020 and there are talks of leaving the old system allowing students an alternative. (see lawgazette.co.uk)
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