Is Your Firm Eligible For SQE Funding?

The introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) has opened new doors for legal firms and aspiring solicitors. Through the Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship route law firms can now claim up to £27,000 in funding per new and existing employee to cover the cost of SQE exams and preparation courses. However, understanding the eligibility criteria is crucial for firms considering applying an employee for the solicitor apprenticeship. Here’s what you need to know:

About the Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship:

Firm Location and Candidate’s Work Base
A key eligibility criterion is that the firm must be based in England. This geographic requirement is essential for accessing SQE funding. Additionally, the candidate must spend at least 50% of their working time in England. This ensures that the training and work experience align with the standards and legal framework specific to England.

Exclusivity of the Apprenticeship
Candidates who wish to enrol on the solicitor apprenticeship must not be currently participating in another government-funded apprenticeship. This condition ensures that the focus and resources are dedicated exclusively to the solicitor apprenticeship, maximising the potential for success and professional development.

Current Employment Status
One of the critical aspects of eligibility is the candidate needs to be working at least 30+ hours within the firm. This requirement is vital to ensure that the apprentice gains efficient hands on experience and finishes the apprenticeship in time.

Educational Qualifications
Prospective candidates must meet certain educational standards to be eligible. Specifically, they need to have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above (or an equivalent qualification). You must also possess a UK legal qualification equivalent to an A-Level or above. For example, A-Level Law, Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship, etc. For the Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship candidates must also have achieved a 2.2 or above in a UK bachelors law degree.

Claiming SQE Funding
To learn more about the funding opportunities available for your firm please feel free to either check your suitability with Datalaw’s eligibility checker or book a 1-2-1 call with their Apprenticeship Coordinator.

In conclusion, while SQE funding offers a significant opportunity for professional growth and development, it’s important for firms and their employees to carefully assess their eligibility. Firms based in England with candidates meeting the specified criteria can greatly benefit from Datalaw’s solicitor apprenticeship, paving the way for enhanced legal skills and expertise within their organisation.