20 October 2017
SQE Student Consultation Begins
The Dickson Poon School of Law Begins SQE student Consultation.
The Dickson Poon School of Law Begins SQE student Consultation
On 6 October, The Dickson Poon School of Law launched a student consultation on the King’s response to the forthcoming Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SQE represents a major step-change in solicitor qualification in England & Wales, combining the assessment of the professional and academic stages of legal education.
To commence the consultation, a ‘Town Hall’ meeting was held in the Great Hall, with panel speakers and an extensive Q&A. The focus was on the views of current first year students, who will be the first cohort to be potentially affected.
Chris Howard, Director of Professional Legal Education, chaired the event. The panel comprised of Paul Carter from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Hannah Rolph from law firm Allen & Overy, along with student representation from Priya Randhawa and Matthew De Bari, representing the King’s Law Society and Bar & Mooting Society respectively.
The event was helpful in hearing from students with different backgrounds and at different stages of their degrees to understand how the changes to qualification may impact them. Chris Howard commented: “This was a great event and we were particularly grateful to the students for their attendance, and for their incisive questions. The SQE is both a challenge and an opportunity for the sector, so we are delighted to work together with our students in navigating the way forward.”
The School will be following this event with further student consultation so that the student perspective and experience is at the centre of the School’s activity and response to the imposed changes.