October 2020

The SRA Authorisation of Individuals Regulations set out the education and training requirements for those seeking to be admitted as solicitors, and to exercise higher rights of audience in the higher courts of England and Wales.

Currently there are a number of routes to admission but these will be replaced by the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) from 1 September 2021. 

Character and suitability

We have a responsibility under the Solicitors Act 1974 to make sure that anyone admitted to the roll has met the eligibility requirements, which includes being of satisfactory character and suitability.

The SRA Assessment of Character and Suitability Rules set out the kind of factors we take into account when considering your character and suitability.

To learn more about the admission process, choose from the options below.

  1. Activate your mySRA account

    Make sure this is done at least eight weeks before your training ends.

  2. Pre-admission screening

    Apply for screening eight weeks before the end of your training.

  3. Sign-off by your training principal

    We will contact your training principal four weeks before your training ends to sign this off.

  4. Applying for admission to the roll

    Apply for admission through mySRA once your training is signed off and you have your screening results.

  5. Applying for a practising certificate

    Once you have been admitted as a solicitor, you can apply for your practising certificate.

Check if you have been admitted as a solicitor

To check you have been admitted to the roll of solicitors, search for your name or SRA number in the Solicitors Register. If you have been admitted today, please wait 24 hours for your name to appear.