Eligibility requirements

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Vocational training for trainee solicitors - Guidance

Guidance: To help you understand 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