Qualified lawyers

What you will need to do before applying for admission

Validate your degree

  • Your degree must be a UK degree or an equivalent level 6 qualification and can be in any subject.
  • You can also apply for an equivalence to a degree using other qualifications and/or relevant work experience.

The process for validating your degree will be available by the end of January 2022. Find out what we mean by UK degree or an equivalent level 6 qualification.

Apply for an equivalence

Pass the SQE assessments and retrieve your results

  • You can apply for any agreed SQE exemptions for your legal qualification, as well as 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
  • Once you have passed, you will need go into your mySRA and retrieve all your SQE results before you apply for admission

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
  • When applying for admission, you will choose ‘Solicitors Qualifying Examination route’ on the form
  • 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.

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

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

*If you are exempt from SQE2 you may need to demonstrate your English or Welsh language competence. This will be checked after you are admitted as a solicitor and apply for your first practising certificate.

UK lawyers and Republic of Ireland solicitors

Some qualified lawyers may not need to meet all these requirements, these are: