Applying for Morgenbesser exemption

Updated July 2020

Who can apply

If you are:

  • an EU, EEA or Swiss national who is partially qualified in another EU/EEA Member State, or Switzerland; or
  • a UK national who is partially qualified in an EU/EEA member state outside of the UK

you can apply for us to assess your experience and qualifications 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 (CPE)
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • Period of Recognised Training (PRT)
  • Professional Skills Course (PSC)

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

What you need

  • 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

You will need to make your application by applying online in mySRA. First, you will need to create an account to log into mySRA.

You may find it useful to have this guidance open in a separate device or browser window to help you complete all the steps.

You will need to download the application and document index on the 'Getting Started' page in mySRA, before you can start to complete it.

You may be completing this application over several weeks or months.

When you are ready to submit your application click start application on the getting started page to upload it along with the index and all supporting documents. The application fee is £600, you will need to pay by debit or credit card at the end of the process to complete the application.

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

Step by step guide

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You will need to 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.

You need to provide 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 that you are relying on to support your application 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 2 and 3 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(CPE)
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • Period of Recognised Training (PRT)
  • Professional Skills Course (PSC)

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,
  • Update the document index with your evidential documents
  • 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.

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 enough
  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.

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

Day One Outcomes Knowledge and skills claimed and how achieved Area of law and practice in which outcome achieved Evidence 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. You do not need to complete this column.

The samples of work you provide should support your knowledge and skills.

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

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.

It is essential that the document index is completed correctly and uploaded as part of your application.

How to complete the document index

Please makes sure that:

  • When you save your documents, and before uploading them to your application, you name each one with the document number at the start. This means that your documents will be uploaded in the order that you have chosen (see example below)
  • there are no spaces in any part of the document name
  • the same document numbers are entered in section 6 of your application in the final column headed - Evidence to support your application.

Here is an example of a completed document index.

Doc no Description (document name) Date No of pages
1 1referenceABC 01/01/2020 3
2 2appraisalABC 31/01/2019 8
3 3worksamplesABC 01/03/2019 25
4 4referenceSmith&co 14/01/2020 2
5 5appraisalSmith&co 01/05/2018 6
6 6worksamplesSmith&co 15/04/2018 20

We suggest that you complete the index as you progress through the application. Please make sure that each piece of evidence is included in the final index.

The number of lines is not an indication of the volume of documents you need to send. It is for you to decide on what you think is relevant to show your work knowledge. You may continue on a separate sheet if necessary.

How we use your document index

This index will be used by your caseworker and the assessor as part of their assessment of your application. They will cross reference your evidence to each of the outcomes, so clear alignment is vital.

We may not accept your application if this index is not included with your evidence, or not completed correctly.

You can pay via credit or debit card. The fee for this application is £600

How to

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You will need an account with us, so if you don't have an account, watch our video to find out how.

To return to your application once you have started it, go to 'my applications and documents.'

Ready to apply

If you have read our step by step guide and meet the relevant criteria, you are ready to make your application.

Assessment of your qualifications under Morgenbesser (Equivalent Means)

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