How do I qualify as a solicitor?

There are currently two key stages to qualifying as a solicitor. The first is the academic stage. This is achieved by either completing a qualifying law degree or by completing the Common Professional Examination (CPE), sometimes referred to as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

The second is the vocational stage. This is achieved by completion of the Legal Practice Course (LPC), a period of recognised training and the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

Further details about qualifying as a solicitor can be found in our student information pack. Note that from no earlier than September 2020 qualification as a solicitor will be changing - see our hot topic for more information - but there will be a period of transition for those part way through the current system.

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