Admission criteria

If you have followed a recognised route to admission (as set out below), we require:

Detailed information on what you will need to submit, including any additional evidence, with the AD1 is available within the application guidance notes . Please ensure that you have read this guidance, as incorrectly completed applications may delay your admission.

If you have not served under a training contract/period of recognised training please download an AD1 form.

Trainee applicants

Anyone who has served under a training contract will automatically be sent an AD1 form eight weeks before their contract is due to end.

To apply for admission to the roll, you must have

  • complied with the SRA Training Regulations,
  • satisfactorily completed the Professional Skills Course (PSC), and
  • completed the pre-admission screening.
 

QLTT/QLTS applicants

Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations 2009

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations (QLTR) and Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) were replaced by the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) on 1 September 2010.

If you applied before the QLTR scheme closed on 31 August 2010 you will have been issued with a certificate of eligibility that will require you to pass certain heads of the QLTT and/or complete a period of work experience before you can apply for admission as a solicitor of England and Wales. This certificate expired on or before 31 August 2013.

You must have successfully completed the QLTT and/or met the work experience requirements prior to the expiry date of your certificate of eligibility before making an application for admission as a solicitor.

For further guidance on how to apply for admission once you have completed the requirements of your certificate of eligibility please download the documents below:

Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Regulations 2011

QLTS applicants should ensure that they have satisfied the requirements under the QLTS Regulations 2011 before making an application for admission as a solicitor.

Please note that if you have followed either the QLTR/QLTS routes, you will be required to complete the pre-admission screening.

Northern Ireland applicants and Republic of Ireland applicants

Northern Ireland applicants

The SRA has determined that, of the outcomes tested prior to admission there are currently no areas of substantial difference between the law and practice of Northern Ireland and that of England and Wales. Therefore, if you have passed a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) and been admitted as a solicitor by the Law Society of Northern Ireland, you do not need to pass any QLTS assessments. If you meet these criteria, please download an AD1 form .

Please note that you will be required to complete a pre-admission screening .

Republic of Ireland applicants

If you are a solicitor admitted by the Law Society of Ireland, please see How to Apply under the QLTS .

You will only be required to complete the pre-admission screening if you have lived in the UK for a period of twelve months during the last five years.

If you have lived/only lived in the ROI during the last five years please contact us.

An overseas criminal record check is needed if you have lived in a country (other than the UK/ROI) for a period of twelve months during the last five years.

Chartered Legal Executives (CILEx)

Under the Training Regulations 2014, if you are a Chartered Legal Executive, we may grant you exemption from all or part of the CPE element of the academic stage. To qualify for exemptions you must have passed assessments in CILEx level six membership examinations.

If you are a Chartered Legal Executive who has:

  • (a) satisfied the requirements of the academic stage through study or exemptions granted; and
  • (b) completed the LPC; and
  • (c) been engaged as a Chartered Legal Executive in the practice of law

we will exempt you from the requirement to undertake a period of recognised training as required by regulation 5 of the Training Regulations 2014. You are also exempt from the elective elements of the Professional Skills Course. This exemption is automatic, and you do not need to apply to us. However when you apply to be admitted as a solicitor you will need to provide us with evidence of your qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive.

Please note that you will be required to complete the pre-admission screening.

Graduate of CILEx Route

If you are already serving under a training contract, under the Training Regulations 2011, you will continue under those regulations, and will need to complete the training contract and satisfactorily complete the PSC, unless you agree with your training provider that you will transfer to the Training Regulations 2014.

Assistant Justices’ Clerks

Under the Training Regulations 2014, if you are employed as an Assistant Justices’ Clerk, and you have:

  • (a) completed the academic stage; and
  • (b) completed the LPC; and
  • (c) completed the core modules of the PSC; and
  • (d) before attending the LPC, you have served for at least five out of the last ten years in the Magistrates’ Courts Service as an Assistant Justices’ Clerk

we will exempt you from the requirement to complete a period of recognised training. You are automatically exempt from the elective elements of the PSC, and do not need to apply to us for this exemption.

Please note that you will be required to complete the pre-admission screening.

Registered European lawyers (REL) application for admission under Article 10 of the European Establishment Directive

You can apply for admission as a solicitor in England and Wales by this route with an AD15 application if:

  • you are a member of one of the legal professions listed in the Directive; and
  • you are an EU national; and
  • as an established EU lawyer you have been practising as a lawyer in the law of the United Kingdom "on a permanent basis" in the UK for three years or more; and
  • have been registered with the SRA as a REL for 3 years.

If you are registered with a professional body other than the SRA, you must register with the SRA before your application for admission as a solicitor can be considered.

Please ensure that you have carefully read the guidance notes for the AD15 form before submitting the form.

More information for registered European lawyers .

Please note that you will be required to complete the pre-admission screening.