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Examiner roles for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam

In 2018, Kaplan were appointed as the independent assessment organisation for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) launch which will be introduced in 2021. This will be the centralised assessment that all those wishing to qualify as a Solicitor of England and Wales will take, as existing routes to qualification are phased out.

With the design of the new assessment finalised, we are now ready to expand our extended team of legal experts, ahead of delivery of the first assessment in November 2021.

SQE Examiner roles:

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Who we’re looking for

We are looking for talented individuals to assist with the development and delivery of both parts of the assessment, SQE1 launch and SQE2 launch, across all areas of law, on a casual, freelance and permanent basis.

Assessment / question writers (SQE1)

As a question writer for SQE1, we’ll be looking to utilise your experience to 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 will 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 (SQE2)

As a marker you’ll be marking the written answers to the SQE2 assessments, using a detailed marking guide and your professional judgement. We will also ask you to attend markers' meetings.

Assessors (SQE2)

As an assessor you’ll be taking a leading role on the SQE2 oral assessment days by assessing candidates' in their advocacy assessments. To be an assessor you’ll need to be available on the days of the assessment and take part in calibration shortly before the assessment.

You will need to be a solicitor to do any of the roles above.

The work for all of these roles is offered on a casual, ad hoc basis meaning you can pick and choose which dates work best for you.

Are you a solicitor and interested in working in any of these examiner roles?
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Permanent positions

We are also recruiting for talented individuals to join the Kaplan SQE team on a permanent basis. We have roles available for qualified solicitors, a psychometrician as well as customer service and assessment operations positions.

We are looking to recruit the following roles over the next six months:

  • Psychometrician
  • Head of Equality and Quality*
  • Equality & Quality Supervisor
  • Head of Academic Resources*
  • Subject Heads*
  • Welsh speaking Subject Heads*
  • Operations Manager
  • Operations Officer
  • Customer (Candidate) Services Advisors

*These roles require you to be qualified as a Solicitor of England and Wales.

For our current live vacancies, please visit our careers page or contact us at

About Kaplan

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As an employer, we work hard to make sure this is a great place where everyone has an opportunity to succeed, regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or other belief, marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. If you require any adjustments, or additional support within the recruitment process, please contact us directly and we’ll do our best to help.

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Registering your interest

As the assessment provider for the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), we are looking for a wide range of people to assist with the development and delivery of the assessments, including question writers, assessors and markers. Please complete this form to register your interest in being a solicitor examiner. If the information you provide indicates that you may be suitable, we will contact you in due course to provide further information and invite you to attend an information event.

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