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.
The following routes to qualification are available: