SQE-ezed out: SRA, status and stasis

Jessica Guth, Kathryn Dutton

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This article considers the proposals to introduce the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) from a widening participation angle. It argues that the SQE will not increase access to the solicitors profession but will instead perpetuate patterns of subordination and risks further silencing already unrepresented social groups. The paper examines the widening participation agenda in relation to the solicitors profession concluding that there is little incentive or real commitment to widening access. The paper then examines the SQE and the widening access rhetoric which has, for a time at least, accompanied it and questions whether the assertions and assumptions about how the SQE can improve diversity in the profession really hold true.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-438
Number of pages14
JournalThe Law Teacher
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Legal education
  • Legal profession
  • SQE
  • Widening participation


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