In January we advertised for qualified solicitors to register their interest in being solicitor examiners. Due to the very large number of responses we have closed applications. We are currently reviewing the expressions of interest received and will contact successful individuals in due course to provide more information about being a solicitor examiner before inviting some individuals to a recruitment and information day. Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications received, we cannot invite everyone to these.
For those applicants that indicated that we can hold your details, we may contact you at a future date to invite you to other training and recruitment days. As the SQE develops we expect that we will need to continue to grow our pool of solicitor examiners. Below is information on the different types of solicitor examiner roles.
Assessment / question writers (SQE1)
Question writers for SQE1 create single best answer multiple choice questions. These will test a candidate's ability to apply fundamental legal principles and rules to realistic client-based and ethical problems and situations, across the areas of law contained in the SQE1 assessment specification.
Assessment / question writers (SQE2)
Question writers for SQE2 prepare scenario based questions for the range of written and oral assessment stations in SQE2 - client interview and attendance note/legal analysis, advocacy, legal research, legal writing, legal drafting and case and matter analysis.
Markers use a detailed marking guide and their professional judgement to mark the written answers to the SQE2 assessments. Markers also attend markers' meetings.
Assessors take a leading role on the SQE2 oral assessment days by assessing candidates in their advocacy assessments. Assessors need to be available on the days of the assessment and take part in calibration shortly before the assessment.
All of our examiners are solicitors.
Solicitor examiners work on a casual, ad hoc basis meaning they can pick and choose which dates work best for them.