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‘The aim of the SQE is to guarantee consistent, high standards for qualifying solicitors, as well as helping widen access to the profession'

Surely these are no more than weasel words. How can the SRA 'guarantee consistent, high standards' and 'widen access to the profession [sic]'. The only way in which it can 'widen access' is to reduce standards so that those who, currently, fail to achieve the 'high standards' can enter with lower standards. Or maybe my perception of 'high standards' is significantly different from the perception of the SRA? Soon we'll reach a point at which one can qualify as a solicitor by attending a weekend course followed by a quiz at the local pub - that's assuming that, by then, there's any value in being a solicitor!

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