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SQE after LLB?

Hello! I'm currently an A Level student planning to study LLB in the UK. I hold an offer from 4 UK unis including a Welsh one.

However, I am confused about the path after my LLB. Do I have to take the SQE right after my LLB- can I get a job without passing the SQE?

I am taking out a student loan for my undergrad and don't think I can afford to not work after my LLB and pay for the SQE course ( I heard it takes 2 years)...

How long will my student visa be after my LLB- will it cover the SWE tenure?

Requesting that someone who has gone down this path or knows about it could help me out... Thanks in advance!

Summary ( and additions)
1. When can I attain a job after an LLB
2. What job can I get after an LLB before my SQE
3. What exactly does an SQE qualify me for ( I understand a solicitor but can I practice in court or?)
4. How long will I have a visa after my LLB

PS: I plan to be a corporate lawyer
Original post by bhumik_student
Hello! I'm currently an A Level student planning to study LLB in the UK. I hold an offer from 4 UK unis including a Welsh one.
However, I am confused about the path after my LLB. Do I have to take the SQE right after my LLB- can I get a job without passing the SQE?
I am taking out a student loan for my undergrad and don't think I can afford to not work after my LLB and pay for the SQE course ( I heard it takes 2 years)...
How long will my student visa be after my LLB- will it cover the SWE tenure?
Requesting that someone who has gone down this path or knows about it could help me out... Thanks in advance!
Summary ( and additions)
1. When can I attain a job after an LLB
2. What job can I get after an LLB before my SQE
3. What exactly does an SQE qualify me for ( I understand a solicitor but can I practice in court or?)
4. How long will I have a visa after my LLB
PS: I plan to be a corporate lawyer

Hi there :smile:

Congratulations on receiving your offers. I am a final year law student, hopefully I can answer your questions:
1. You can get a job after getting your LLB degree. If you look on the SQE requirements, it includes 2 years of qualifying work experience. This means you have to work for 2 years in the legal field before becoming qualified as a solicitor. (Therefore, prior completion of the SQE, you will most likely be working as a paralegal- which can be taken right after the Law LLB degree). You can find more information here: https://sqe.sra.org.uk/about-sqe/what-is-the-sqe.

2. You can work as a paralegal, or if you are unable to secure these opportunities- working as a legal assistant/ secretary before transferring to a paralegal role may be useful too. More information can be found here: https://www.sra.org.uk/become-solicitor/sqe/qualifying-work-experience-candidates/.

3. If you are interested in becoming a solicitor, you will need to take the SQE. If you are interested in becoming a barrister (i.e. going to court), then you will have to practice at the bar. (I am not too sure on what qualification this involves, sorry).

4. Unfortunately, I do not know much about visas, I think (but am not sure at all) that you have a student visa for studying at University. After you graduate, you may be able to switch to a working visa, if you can get your employer to sponsor it? (You will have to do research on this though, as the rules on visas change quite often, and I am not too sure about the current rules).

I hope this helps. :smile:
If you have any further questions, I'll be happy to answer them.
Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep
Original post by University of Kent
Hi there :smile:
Congratulations on receiving your offers. I am a final year law student, hopefully I can answer your questions:
1. You can get a job after getting your LLB degree. If you look on the SQE requirements, it includes 2 years of qualifying work experience. This means you have to work for 2 years in the legal field before becoming qualified as a solicitor. (Therefore, prior completion of the SQE, you will most likely be working as a paralegal- which can be taken right after the Law LLB degree). You can find more information here: https://sqe.sra.org.uk/about-sqe/what-is-the-sqe.
2. You can work as a paralegal, or if you are unable to secure these opportunities- working as a legal assistant/ secretary before transferring to a paralegal role may be useful too. More information can be found here: https://www.sra.org.uk/become-solicitor/sqe/qualifying-work-experience-candidates/.
3. If you are interested in becoming a solicitor, you will need to take the SQE. If you are interested in becoming a barrister (i.e. going to court), then you will have to practice at the bar. (I am not too sure on what qualification this involves, sorry).
4. Unfortunately, I do not know much about visas, I think (but am not sure at all) that you have a student visa for studying at University. After you graduate, you may be able to switch to a working visa, if you can get your employer to sponsor it? (You will have to do research on this though, as the rules on visas change quite often, and I am not too sure about the current rules).
I hope this helps. :smile:
If you have any further questions, I'll be happy to answer them.
Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep

Hi Chloe! Thanks a lot for your response. It makes everything much more clearer!
Hello,

Congrats on your offers! I am an LLB graduate and current SQE LLM student at BPP University and I can share my insight on your questions.

After you graduate from your LLB you are able to apply to various jobs in the legal field, such as paralegal/legal assistant/trainee solicitor roles. You can even start applying before the end of your degree depending on application deadlines (for example, law firms tend to recruit up to 2 years in advance for trainee solicitors)

The main requirements to become a solicitor in the UK are to pass both SQE exams and accumulate 2 years of Qualifying Work Experience. Whether to do one or the other first is up to you, for example I decided to take the SQE straight after I graduated as I felt I could benefit from having a fresh knowledge of the law.

Once you complete these requirements, you will be eligible to become a solicitor. You will have some rights of audience in lower UK courts, but if are more interested in court practice you would have to do additional exams/become a barrister which is a very different route.

I am unable to provide an insight into visa matters, but I suggest referring to any services your university may have for international students and also to the UK Government website for definitive guidance.

Hope that gives you a better insight and good luck on your exams!

Azzurra
Original post by BPPUniRepStudent
Hello,
Congrats on your offers! I am an LLB graduate and current SQE LLM student at BPP University and I can share my insight on your questions.
After you graduate from your LLB you are able to apply to various jobs in the legal field, such as paralegal/legal assistant/trainee solicitor roles. You can even start applying before the end of your degree depending on application deadlines (for example, law firms tend to recruit up to 2 years in advance for trainee solicitors)
The main requirements to become a solicitor in the UK are to pass both SQE exams and accumulate 2 years of Qualifying Work Experience. Whether to do one or the other first is up to you, for example I decided to take the SQE straight after I graduated as I felt I could benefit from having a fresh knowledge of the law.
Once you complete these requirements, you will be eligible to become a solicitor. You will have some rights of audience in lower UK courts, but if are more interested in court practice you would have to do additional exams/become a barrister which is a very different route.
I am unable to provide an insight into visa matters, but I suggest referring to any services your university may have for international students and also to the UK Government website for definitive guidance.
Hope that gives you a better insight and good luck on your exams!
Azzurra

Hello Azzurra,
Thank you so much for getting back to me. It really helps.

If you dont mind me asking ( this is a side question), BPP apart from its postgrad studies is also known for its apprenticeship link. Would you be able to help me out with the apprenticeship pathway especially considering that I’m an international student.
Original post by bhumik_student
Hello! I'm currently an A Level student planning to study LLB in the UK. I hold an offer from 4 UK unis including a Welsh one.
However, I am confused about the path after my LLB. Do I have to take the SQE right after my LLB- can I get a job without passing the SQE?
I am taking out a student loan for my undergrad and don't think I can afford to not work after my LLB and pay for the SQE course ( I heard it takes 2 years)...
How long will my student visa be after my LLB- will it cover the SWE tenure?
Requesting that someone who has gone down this path or knows about it could help me out... Thanks in advance!
Summary ( and additions)
1. When can I attain a job after an LLB
2. What job can I get after an LLB before my SQE
3. What exactly does an SQE qualify me for ( I understand a solicitor but can I practice in court or?)
4. How long will I have a visa after my LLB
PS: I plan to be a corporate lawyer

This article seems like a valuable resource for clarifying some of your concerns - https://superexam.uk/sqe-llb-and-gdl-grads/

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