Applying for Morgenbesser 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

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national who is partially qualified in an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland you can apply for us to assess your experience against the Day One Outcomes.

We decide whether exemption can be granted from any of the academic or vocational stages of training. These are the:

  • Common Professional Examination
  • Legal Practice Course
  • Period of Recognised Training
  • Professional Skills Course

We will confirm any further training needed to meet the Day One Outcomes.

Important information

  • You must demonstrate experience in English and Welsh law and practice.
  • For work-based learning1, your evidence needs to confirm the work carried out and how it meets the required academic and vocational stages of training. This must be corroborated by your supervisor. They should be a solicitor or another individual who has knowledge of the Day One Outcomes and legal practice.
  • For certificated learning we will only recognise academic credit that has led to a qualification or certificate. This will need to be translated into English and certified where applicable.
  • For exemption based on an award obtained outside the UK, the awarding body must be recognised by UK NARIC.

Making your application

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 13 pages, 98KB)

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

How to complete the EQ Morgenbesser 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
  • Home address (for our records)
  • Correspondence address (if different from home address)

Enter details of degrees, diplomas and other qualifications you have been awarded. If you are using these to support your application include certified copies of your certificate(s), transcript(s) and module descriptor(s).

We only recognise academic credit that has led to a qualification or certificate.

Enter details of other professional qualifications or completed courses. 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).

If you have completed the CPE, LPC or PSC you can list these here. Include certified copies of your certificate(s) and transcript(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

Tell us:

  • The stages of qualification that you have already completed in your jurisdiction and
  • what qualifications, professional training and/or experience you need to qualify as a lawyer in your jurisdiction.

Refer to your answers in Sections 4 and 5a above where appropriate.

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

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national who is partially qualified in an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland you can apply for us to assess your experience against the Day One Outcomes.

We decide whether exemption can be granted from any of the academic or vocational stages of training. These are the:

  • Common Professional Examination
  • Legal Practice Course
  • Period of Recognised Training
  • Professional Skills Course

You must read and understand the Day One 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 only recognise other academic credit that has led to a qualification or certificate.

How to document your experience and provide examples of work

Here is a suggestion for how you could complete the Assessment Table, taking the outcome A1 as an example.

Day One OutcomesKnowledge and skills claimed and how achievedArea of law and practice in which outcome achievedEvidence in support (e.g. letter, certificate, reference, job description)Assessor comments only
A1 - Knowledge of the jurisdiction, authority and procedures of the legal institutions and professions that initiate, develop, interpret and apply the law of England and Wales and the European Union.You must look at the Day One Outcomes which set out the requirements in full.
Give at least 2 specific examples to show your knowledge of European Union and English and Welsh law.
For example, Commercial law.For example, Letter of advice to client page 30.
Redacted internal correspondence, page 40
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
  • appraisals 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:

  1. have supervised you directly as a general employment reference is not sufficient
  2. read your application, reviewed all supporting evidence before corroborating your experience and confirm that they have done so in their reference.
  3. familiarised themselves with the Day One Outcomes and refer directly to these when providing their reference(s).
  4. 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 Day One 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. You must provide an official translation into English if your documents are in another language.

  • Training records

    Include training records for any completed period(s) of work experience. 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. Certificated learning is learning which has led to a qualification or certificate. Whilst work-based learning is objectively assessed workplace experience.