CILEx Practitioner or Chartered Legal Executive

What you will need to do before applying for admission.

You'll also find a personalised SQE checklist within mySRA (in 'My profile') that tracks your progress to admission and highlights next steps.

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Degree

  • Your degree must be a UK degree or equivalent level 6 qualification and can be in any subject
  • You do not need to go through our separate degree check and validation process. Your certificate of good standing submitted when you apply for admission will be sufficient.

Pass the SQE assessments and retrieve your results

  • You can apply for exemptions based on your individual qualifications and experience
  • You will need to create an account on the SQE assessment website to book your exams and get your results 
  • You’ll then need to retrieve your SQE results so we can confirm you have either passed (or are exempt from) all the assessments. You should only do this after you have passed all your required assessments. Log into mySRA and in ‘Start a new application’, you’ll find the form to retrieve your results.

Create your SQE assessment account or go to mySRA

Checking your character and suitability and applying for admission

  • We check your suitability as part of your admission application. However, you can also get it checked early if you have any areas of concern
  • Before you apply for admission, you must do your screening and have your results
  • You will be asked to upload a copy of a certificate of good standing from all jurisdictions where you hold a legal professional qualification and have been admitted. The certificate(s) must be less than three months old (we recommend that the date of issue is no longer than two months on the date you make your application) and confirm:
    • your date of admission
    • that you are in good standing
    • that you have not been subject to any disciplinary proceedings
    • that there are not any pending disciplinary proceedings against you
    • that you are currently entitled to practise.
    • When applying for admission, you will choose ‘Solicitors Qualifying Examination route’ on the form.

Take a look at what we check or find out how to apply for screening

To find out how to apply for admission, see Admission forms and fees.

Applying for a practising certificate

Once you are admitted as a solicitor you will need to apply for a practising certificate. Find out how to apply.

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Pathways to admission Qualified Lawyer

You can qualify through this route until 31 December 2032 if you have completed, started, or accepted an offer of a place for:

  • a qualifying law degree (accepted by 21 September 2021)
  • the Common Professional Examination / Graduate Diploma in Law (accepted before 1 September 2021)
  • the Legal Practice Course (LPC) (accepted before 1 September 2021)

What you need to have

If you qualify through this route,  you will not need to complete a period of recognised training if you:

Applying for admission

  • We check your suitability as part of your admission application. However, you can also get it checked early if you have any areas of concern
  • Before you apply for admission, you must do your screening
  • When you apply choose ‘Chartered Legal Executives’ on the admission application form
  • You will be asked to upload the following documents when applying for admission:
    • a copy of a certificate of good standing from CILEx Regulation. This must be less than three months old (we recommend that the date of issue is no longer than two months on the date you make your application) and confirm:
      • your date of admission
      • that you are in good standing
      • that you have not been subject to any disciplinary proceedings
      • that there are not any pending disciplinary proceedings against you
      • that you are currently entitled to practise.
    • a certified copy of your Professional Skills Course certificate(s)
    • a certified copy of your LPC certificate.

Take a look at what we check or find out how to apply for screening

To find out how to apply for admission, see Admission forms and fees.

Applying for a practising certificate

Once you are admitted as a solicitor you will need to apply for a practising certificate. Find out how to apply.

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