Solicitor Apprentices Outperforming Academic Counterparts in Exams

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The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has published a report for legal, finance and accounting, following a review into current and future skills needs in these sectors. Key findings included:

  • Apprentice pass rates for the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE) are on average 26% higher than the overall pass rate, with solicitor apprentices outperforming those taking the more traditional academic route into law.
  • Those wishing to qualify as a solicitor sit two exams, SQE1 and SQE2. Across both, apprentices’ marks were on average 8% higher than other candidates, with the combination of on-the-job training and studying better preparing the apprentice solicitors.
  • There are currently more than 1,300 solicitor apprentices in England, whilst some 18,000 university students graduated with degrees in law in 2022.

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