The SRA is to introduce a new super-exam - the SQE - which will remove the requirement for lawyers in training to undertake the GDL or the LPC. 

Under the new system, students who wish to qualify as a solicitor will need to: 

  • pass SQE stages 1 and 2
  • have a degree or an equivalent qualification
  • complete at least two years of legal work experience

Two years of work experience may seem like a lot to any law graduates who have struggled to get their foot in the door to law firms or secure highly competitive paralegal work. However, the removal of the requirement to pay upwards of £15,000 to undertake the LPC - without the guarantee of a training contract - will hopefully open up the profession to a whole new range of students from varied backgrounds, increasing the diversity of the legal sector. 

Byfield examined the accessibility of the legal profession in our 2015 report 'Opening up or Shutting out?'.

Read the report (PDF)