SQE: Statement on Qualifying Work Experience

YLAL is disappointed that our concerns about exploitative Qualifying Work Experience (‘QWE’) as part of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (‘SQE’) have been realised. 


There is no longer a requirement to pay those candidates who are undertaking QWE. This was purportedly to allow candidates to use time spent volunteering, for example in a legal advice clinic whilst at university, towards their QWE. 


YLAL is now aware that there are organisations who not only ask for free work; in fact, they are asking workers to pay them for the pleasure.


YLAL believes that this constitutes a devastating blow to social mobility and diversity for the profession.


You can read our full statement on this issue below.