YLAL Statement on the SQE-1 Booking Process (October 2023)

5 October 2023 - Young Legal Aid Lawyers is calling on the SRA and Kaplan (the company contracted to administer the Solicitors Qualification Exam, SQE) to carry out an urgent review of the booking process for SQE-1 exams, following feedback from our members that they read more

Statement on Ten Years of LASPO

6 April 2023 This month marks ten years of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (“LASPO”) being in force. Before LASPO legal aid was available for almost all areas of law. Overnight, LASPO excluded large areas of the law from legal read more

ylal’s response to the delay in the provision of SQE2 exams”

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 read more

Third YLAL Covid-19 Report

On 8th February 2022, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) published its third and final report on the impact of Covid-19 on its members’ working lives. The report constitutes results from a survey that was conducted between 29th November 2021 and 20th December 2021 which we read more

The impact of COVID-19 on students

We are grateful to YLAL member, Rachel Kelly, for writing this original content piece.COVID-19 has had a severe impact on life as we know it. This article will explore the effect on students. From bar exams crisis to the cancellation of placements and postponement of read more

Does Judicial Diversity Matter?

We are grateful to Amany for this piece, who is a YLAL member and currently undertaking work experience to save up for her upcoming Bar course.On 17 September 2020, the Ministry of Justice published its most recent statistics on the diversity of the judiciary. The read more