Solicitor training

In this section you will find an overview of how to qualify as a solicitor, plus the options available through CILEx Law School to reach that goal. If you have not yet undertaken any legal study then please read the section on how to qualify first.

How to qualify as a solicitor

The rules on how to qualify as a solicitor are set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and have recently changed with the introduction of the new Solicitor Qualifying Exam (SQE).

If you are already a Chartered Legal Executive before the SQE is introduced, you can be admitted as a solicitor if you have all of the following:

  • passed the Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • passed Professional Skills Course compulsory core subjects
  • met the SRA’s character and suitability requirements.
  • provided a certificate of good standing from CILEx Regulation.

Also, you can continue to qualify under the current route (Legal Practice Course/PRT) if you have completed, are already studying, accepted an offer to start or paid a non-refundable deposit for:

  • a qualifying law degree (any offers need to be accepted by 21 September 2020)
  • the Common Professional Examination / Graduate Diploma in Law, the Legal Practice Course (accepted before 1 September); or
  • a period of recognised training (accepted before 1 September).

You can find the latest information on the qualification as a solicitor on the SRA’s website here.

Routes to qualification

The following routes to qualification are available:

As it currently stands, qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer does not prevent you from also qualifying as a solicitor. We strongly advise that you contact our team to discuss your personal circumstances before embarking on any courses with CILEx Law School. We can give you advice on the routes available, your eligibility and any time limits that apply.

Subject to final approval from the Legal Services Board, solicitors will start qualifying using the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) in 2021. This may change qualification requirements and cross-qualification opportunities. You should check the current training regulations and impact of upcoming changes with the SRA on 0370 606 2555 prior to enrolling.