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In England and Wales, our LLB degrees meet the requirements for the academic stage of training set by the Bar Standards Board. After this, you can progress through further vocational study and practical training to obtain a professional legal qualification. Below you can find additional information on professional qualification routes in France, Canada, Malaysia, and other jurisdictions.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has introduced a new route to qualification: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). This is a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It’s intended to provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates, regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship. If you registered for your degree after 21 September 2021, you follow the new SQE route to qualification. This means:
The SRA has provided guidance about how to qualify under the new system.
The new framework for qualifying to become a barrister continues to require an undergraduate law degree (or an undergraduate degree in a different subject area followed by a Graduate Diploma in Law). The requirements for the academic stage of training are set by the BSB. Our LLB degrees meet these requirements and, therefore, meet the academic component of training to become a barrister.