Eligibility requirements

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Vocational training for trainee solicitors

This guidance is to answer some of the common questions you may have about the steps you need to take to complete the vocational part of training to become a solicitor.

Glossary terms


means a person who has been admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and whose name is on the roll, save that in the SRA Indemnity Insurance Rules and the MTC this includes a person who practises as a solicitor whether or not the person has in force a practising certificate, and also includes practice under home title of a former REL who has become a solicitor



means the Solicitors Regulation Authority

academic stage of training

means the undertaking by an individual of the following programmes of study which satisfy the requirements of the Joint Statement:

  1. a Qualifying Law Degree;
  2. a CPE;
  3. an Exempting Law Degree; or
  4. an Integrated Course;

at an approved education provider

vocational stage of training


  1. the Legal Practice Course;
  2. a required period of recognised training; and
  3. the Professional Skills Course.
character and suitability

includes fitness and propriety under rule 13.1 of the SRA Authorisation of Firms Rules