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SRA ‘Super-Exam’ Criticism

SRA ‘Super-Exam’ Criticism

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has received criticism over its plan to introduce a central ‘super-exam’ to be taken by all would-be solicitors. The SRA has recieved 250 responses to a consultation on the scheme, which is almost double the number it recieved in 2012 regarding the trainee minimum salary. In a sign of the widespread nature of objections, the Legal Services Consumer Panel weighed into the debate this week, warning that the proposals could increase costs for clients. When the SRA first proposed the idea of a centralised Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) last December, it said the measure would open up more flexible routes into the profession. But the panel said that it does not believe the proposed exam enables such flexibility. But unlike the solicitor profession, which has warned against removing the need for a degree-level qualification for new entrants to the law, the consumer panel said the SRA should refrain from mandating that all solicitors should be graduates. It said this would exclude those who come into the profession later in life, who might not hold a degree but had years of experience.

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