Frequently asked questions on admission
Updated 25 November 2019
You apply for a practising certificate (PC) in the My Services section of your mySRA account.
Once you have been admitted you will need to activate a mySRA account to see the application.
Our user guides will help you to activate an account and apply for a PC.
Yes. There is an admission ceremony. For more information, please see notes on the Admission ceremony.
Your details should appear on Find a solicitor 48 hours after your practising certificate has been issued. This normally takes 5-10 working days from admission.
If you have not applied for a practising certificate your name may not appear.
If you have been admitted to the roll of solicitors of England and Wales, you can expect to receive an invitation directly from the Law Society. For more information, please see notes on the Admission ceremony.
You can download the AD1, guidance notes and payment form here.
We will send you an email confirming your date of admission once your application has been processed.
You can also check the Persons admitted to the roll of solicitors list on the afternoon of your preferred admission day.
To apply for admission to the roll we need:
- a completed AD1 form, signed and dated by you
- the application fee
- any additional evidence
- the relevant practising certificate fee if you are also applying for a practising certificate
- details of any character and suitability offences.
You must complete pre-admission applicant screening if you have lived in the UK for 12 months or more in the last five years.
If you have lived overseas within the last five years, you may also need to get a police check from that country.
Further information can be found on our pre-applicant screening page.
Pre-admission applicant screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)Open all
If you have lived in the UK for a period of 12 months or more during the last 5 years you must complete an online screening application with Atlantic Data Ltd.
The screening process (which includes a Disclosure and Barring Service check) looks at:
- Spent and current convictions.
- Police cautions.
- Reprimands or final warnings recorded on the police national computer.
- Financial History.
The letter includes a declaration which you must sign and return to us with a fee of £39. The letter will be sent out 10 weeks before the end of your training contract or period of recognised training.
You will be sent an email from Atlantic Data Ltd within 10 days of us receiving the signed declaration and payment.
If you are not a trainee you will need to contact us for a letter.
Once the screening process is complete, the Disclosure and Barring Service will send you a Standard Certificate.
We will contact you by email should we require this certificate.
Applying for admission with character and suitability issuesOpen all
We tell you on the application form what you need to provide. You can also find more information in Part 4 of the Assessment of Character and Suitability Rules.
If I am disclosing character and suitability issues as part of my application for admission, who can be my referee?
Independent professional people who know you in a professional capacity. They must be aware of the matter you have disclosed and can attest to your character and suitability, for example an employer or tutor. More
We will not accept personal references or references from friends or family members.
- your relationship with the applicant
- that you are aware of the matter(s) disclosed
- that in your opinion the applicant is a suitable person to be admitted.
If references are sent by email, they should be sent directly from the referee to our Admissions Team and should be sent from their professional email address.
If references are submitted by post, they should be on letter-headed paper, whenever possible.
If you need to send supporting documents after you have submitted an application, you can send by email to admissions team
This does depend on us receiving all the required information.