Applying for Legal Practice Course exemption

Updated 24 March 2020

During the coronavirus outbreak, we encourage you to send your Equivalent Means application to us by email rather than in the post. This will allow us to consider your application during this time.

If you have supporting documentation to send us that is too big for email, we can provide you with a secure link for this to be uploaded.

Please email your form and any relevant documentation, or a request for a secure link, to SRAAdmissions@sra.org.uk.

To pay, please complete the relevant sections of the methods of payment form and send it with your completed application once you have instructed your bank to send payment direct.

If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing SRAAdmissions@sra.org.uk.

Criteria

You can apply for exemption from either or both Stages 1 and 2 of the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Stage 1 covers

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation
  • Course Skills
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Taxation
  • Wills and Administration of Estates

Stage 2 is made up of three vocational electives.

Find out more in the LPC Outcomes

Important information

You must ensure that

  • you can demonstrate that the content of the LPC has been met by certificated learning and/or work-based learning1.
  • for work-based learning, your evidence will need to confirm the work carried out and how it meets the LPC Outcomes. This must be corroborated by your supervisor. They should be a solicitor or another individual who has knowledge of the LPC outcomes and legal practice.
  • for certificated learning you need to provide certified copies of your qualification or certificates, transcripts and module descriptors.
  • If you are claiming an exemption based on an award obtained outside the UK, the awarding body must be recognised by UK NARIC.

We won't grant exemptions

  • based on learning completed during the academic stage. For example, if on your university degree you have studied business taxation, or accounts, we will not exempt you from this element of the LPC. There is a progressive element to the standard at which the knowledge and skills are achieved.

Making your application

All the information you need to make your application is below.

The application fee is £600.

We aim to provide you with a decision within 180 days of receiving your application.

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Download application form (DOC 17 pages, 97KB)

You must send two copies of your application and evidence to us and keep a copy for yourself.

How to complete the EQ LPC exemption application

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Enter your personal details including:

  • First name/middle name/last name
  • Telephone (Day/Mobile)
  • Email address
  • Passport/identity card number
  • Nationality
  • Enter your home address for our records.
  • Enter your correspondence address if this is different from your home address.

Enter details of degrees, diplomas and other qualifications you have been awarded.

Enter details of other professional qualification(s) or completed course(s). For example, relevant qualifications you have undertaken within your employment. If you are using these to support your application include certified copies of your certificate(s), transcript(s) and module descriptor(s).

Tell us where you completed your experience including:

  • The organisation's name, address and SRA ID (if applicable)
  • Start and end date in this role.

This is a key part of your application. You must complete this table.

We can grant you exemption from Stage 1 of the LPC, Stage 2 or both.

To do this we must be satisfied that you have achieved all the outcomes.

You must read and understand the LPC Outcomes to complete the assessment table.

When completing the assessment table:

  • set out specific, detailed examples showing how you achieved each outcome
  • specify where you gained your professional experience
  • cross reference your evidential documents to the outcomes
  • every page must be numbered, and an index should also be provided
  • all evidence must be corroborated by references from your supervisor(s) in each period of experience claimed.

We do not accept successful completion of the CPE as evidence in support of your application.

How to document your experience and provide examples of work

Here is a suggestion for how you could complete the Assessment Table, taking the Taxation outcome as an example.

Outcome to be demonstratedKnowledge and skills claimed and how achievedAreas of law and practice in which outcome achievedEvidence in support (e.g. letter, certificate, reference, job description)Assessor comments only
Taxation

Sufficient knowledge of tax law to be able to understand the impact of taxation (Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax and VAT) on the areas covered by the course and be able to:

  • use the legal knowledge, skills, procedures and behaviours appropriate to the client
  • recognise conduct issues and act within the Code of Conduct
  • identify the client's reasonable expectations as to quality and timeliness of service.

You must look at the LPC Outcomes which set out the requirements in full.

Make sure that your examples show that you have dealt with Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax and VAT.

When giving your examples, make sure that you demonstrate the skills outlined in bullet points.

For example, "When advising on Income Tax I recognised a conduct issue which was a conflict of interest. I took the following steps…."

You may wish to provide 2 or 3 examples per taxation area.

For example, Commercial law.

For example, Letter of advice to client page 23.

Paragraph 6 of the reference letter from J Bloggs & Co.

You do not need to complete this column.

Supporting evidence

While everyone's experience is unique, you must include the following evidence within your application:

  • detailed references from your supervisors to corroborate your claim to experience and
  • redacted samples of your work.

Guidance for referees

You must ensure that your referee(s) have read this information.

References must:

  • be provided for each period of experience claimed
  • be written for the purposes of this application and be dated within the last 3 months
  • be submitted on letterheaded paper.

Referees must:

  • have supervised you directly as a general employment reference is not sufficient
  • read your application, reviewed all supporting evidence before corroborating your experience and confirm that they have done so in their reference
  • familiarised themselves with the LPC Outcomes and refer directly to these when providing their reference(s)
  • include examples from their direct observation of your work.

If your supervisors are not solicitors, ask them for a statement outlining their skills, experience and qualifications. These must be relevant to supervising your legal work. They may also wish to comment on how familiar they are with the LPC Outcomes.

The samples of work you provide should support the Knowledge and Skills examples that you have given.

You must redact all samples of your work to remove sensitive or identifying information. We will not accept non-redacted documents and will destroy them.

You may also wish to include the following documents:

  • Job descriptions

    Giving an overview of your role and responsibilities.

  • Courses and training

    Include certificates of attendance and course syllabuses as evidence of courses attended and relevant training completed. All certificates must be certified copies.

  • Training records

    Include training records for any completed period(s) of work experience relevant to the LPC. These must be signed by you and your supervisor.

  • Read the declaration and tick all relevant boxes.
  • Give your full name, signature, SRA number and the date.

Follow the instructions for making payment and sending your application.

  1. 1. Certificated learning is learning which has led to a qualification or certificate. Whilst work-based learning is objectively assessed workplace experience.