Young Legal Aid Lawyers (‘YLAL’) has been made aware of an informal announcement by the SRA and Kaplan (who are responsible for assessing SQE examinations), which will mean a delay to many hoping to sit the SQE2 examinations scheduled for October 2022. This was communicated through a webinar.
Young Legal Aid Lawyers (‘YLAL’) implore the SRA, as our regulator, to take urgent and decisive action to address the concerning ethnic group attainment gap in SQE assessments.
Whilst we’re talking about different routes to qualification, there is another option to the LPC, separate from SQE, which has been available since 2019.
On 2 December 2021, YLAL submitted its response to the Ministry of Justice's call for evidence on immigration legal aid fees and the online system.
To help inform its submission, YLAL hosted a virtual roundtable on 24 November 2021 featuring a range of human rights practitioners and policy professionals, including:
YLAL is proud to have been involved in the setting up of the Social Welfare Solicitors Qualification Fund.
You can read our press release.
SWSQF in the News
There has been press coverage of the Fund including:
On 12 May 2021, YLAL sent a survey to its members.
The purpose of this was to gain an understanding into the likely number of members who may be eligible for the proposed Social Welfare Lawyers’ Qualification Fund.
This article was written by a guest author, who would like to remain anonymous.
I decided to write this blog to raise awareness after reading an article in the Law Society Gazette dated 30 April 2021.
The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) has brought in huge changes to the way in which solicitors become qualified. We have created a table to help to show a comparison between the different routes to qualification before and after SQE.