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Super-Sized? New super exam set to shake the law degree route…

by Heat Recruitment

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By September 2020, we will be looking at a brand-new way of testing students with the current route set for a deep shake up.

The current assessments are the Law Practice Course (LPC) and the Graduate Diploma in Law and both of these will be replaced by the super-sized exam.

There will be 2 stages to the exam, which will be the skills and legal parts of the assessment. According to The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), to pass, candidates will have to:
• Pass SQE stages 1 and 2
• Been awarded a degree or equivalent
• Gained sufficient (2 years or more) of legal work experience
• Have the correct attitude and character

The SRA suggests that this will mean students won’t have to pay a big upfront cost of £15,000 with no guarantee of “a training contract.” It will also mean that, again according to the SRA, students will “meet high standards.”

The current way of testing is often seen as the “LPC gamble” and this is something that the SRA have been looking to eradicate with the proposed changes. They also say that the current way of testing “lacks transparency” as people range from pass rates of 50% to 100%.

The new exam will give opportunities for other ways into the legal route too, including apprenticeships which will give the sector a break from the traditional ways of needing to go to university.

Students currently in the middle of the course will have the chance to make a decision on what route they would like to follow, but for new hopefuls wanting to become solicitors, they will be forced to take the new exam.

The Legal Cheek (@legalcheek) on Twitter ran a poll asking whether people supported the move by the SRA, to which 63% of people surveyed thought it was a bad idea and only 15% thought it was a good idea.

The SRA are considering plans to split the super-sized assessment into two sections – part one and part two. Part one would be “significantly cheaper” than part two according to the plans.

To check out the full report, click here.