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SRA Handbook

Admission as a solicitor

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Regulation 38: Admission as a solicitor


Admission as a solicitor takes place under Part 3 of the SRA Admission Regulations.

Guidance note:


Approximately eight weeks before the expected completion of your training contract, you will receive an application for admission form. You will use this form to:


apply for admission as a solicitor 


apply to attend an admission ceremony


apply for your first practising certificate


apply for membership of the Law Society of England and Wales.


There are two admission dates each month, usually the 1st and the 15th, and we need to receive applications at least 28 days before the date on which you expect to be admitted.


When the application has been processed, you will receive confirmation of the admission date, details of the admission ceremony, and the continuing professional development scheme.