Qualifying as a Solicitor

If you obtain a qualifying law degree, you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor. This takes a full academic year and you can opt for a part-time course over two years if full time is not an option. This course is offered by a wide range of educational establishments and you can find them by clicking onto the Legal Education Directory and selecting the category: Training: Legal Practice Courses.

If you obtain a non-law degree, you will need to complete the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law before going onto the LPC detailed above. This also takes a full academic year and can be done part time over two years. This course is offered by a wide range of educational establishments and you can find them by clicking onto the Legal Education Directory and selecting the category: Training: Conversion Courses.

You should have identified the firm or approved organisation to do your training contract in while still at University. There is considerable competition for these places and it pays to identify your chosen firm early. Some firms offer summer placement/work experience to students before they even start their university degree, and if you know you want to be a solicitor at this stage, this is an excellent way to improve your chances of securing a training contract. To find the firms offering training contracts, click here . The Professional Skills Course comprises the equivalent of 12 days full time attendance and develops what has been learned in the LPC. Most training contract providers include this in the training contract.

During this time you will have the opportunity to gain experience in particular areas of practice under supervision. You should expect to cover between four to six areas over your 24-month period.

Once you have completed your training contract and the PSC, you will be eligible to apply for a Practising Certificate from the Law Society which allows you to undertake client work.

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