Qualifying work experience (QWE) is the practical, legal experience requirement that all aspiring solicitors who are pursuing the SQE must complete. At least two years of full-time (or equivalent) QWE must be completed in order to satisfy the requirement. This means that part-time work with an organisation may also count as QWE.
Foreign qualified lawyers are exempt from QWE, as the SRA will recognise their existing qualifications and experience.
The pre-qualification QWE plays an important role in developing the competences of intending solicitors, assuring both the credibility of the SQE and the legal profession as a whole.