Solicitor’s Qualification Examination
The Solicitor’s Qualification Examination (SQE) offers an alternative to the traditional way of qualifying as a solicitor. We support this route to qualification as part our long-established solicitor training programme. Read about our approach to supporting lawyers at different stages of their career below.
Potential trainee solicitors
For our trainee solicitors we support both routes to qualification currently available. For those pursuing the SQE route, funding will be available for the SQE 2 training course and exam. Those undertaking a Hugh James training contract will complete a two-year contract, irrespective of any previous qualifying work experience.
The advantages of becoming a Hugh James trainee are:
- Two years of structured training across a breadth of disciplines.
- Guaranteed exposure to all the competencies needed, enabling candidates to be better equipped for the SQE stage 2.
- Payment of the SQE stage 2 exam and training course.
- A guaranteed solicitor role after the two years (subject to satisfactory performance and passing the SQE2 exam).
Our paralegal roles can be used as qualifying work experience, as the role allow individuals to develop some of the competencies needed to be a solicitor.
Previously employed paralegals who need to sign off their experience at Hugh James
For those previously employed by Hugh James in a paralegal role, this time can be used as qualifying work experience, as it would have allowed them to develop some of the competencies needed to be a solicitor, and we will sign off this experience.
Sign off for qualifying work experience should be requested via your MySRA account, the contact is our training principal, Matthew Evans, Partner. Matthew’s SRA number is 315481.
If you require such sign off, please get in touch with HR