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Becoming a solicitor

  • Training to become a solicitor demands considerable commitment over a number of years. Do your own research to find out as much as you can about what a career as a solicitor is really like. Talk to people in the profession and try to get some work experience. Make sure you are right for the profession and the profession is right for you.

    This section of the website aims to help you make the right choice. This information is also available for download in the following resources:

    Understanding the realities

    To succeed as a solicitor, you need to be determined and highly motivated. It will take at least three years to train if you are a law graduate, at least four years if you are a non-law graduate and at least six years if you are not a graduate.

    You will need to:

    • show you have the academic ability to cope with a demanding course
    • compete with very able people to win a place
    • be able to meet the costs of qualifying
    • find a firm that will supervise you while you complete your training
    • have a strong interest in and aptitude for the day-to-day work of a solicitor

    Qualifying as a solicitor is not easy. You will face the intellectual challenge of exams and you will have to fund your studies. Many trainee solicitors finish their training with debts. Others are not able to finish their training because they cannot get a suitable job. There is no guarantee of getting a job either as a trainee or as a solicitor. However, some students are sponsored through part of their studies and the great majority of students who pass the Legal Practice Course qualify and enjoy successful careers.

    The role of the Law Society

    As the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales, the Law Society is here to support you at every stage of your training, qualifying and throughout your career as a solicitor. The Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society offers a range of services for students and trainees and newly-qualified lawyers. For more information visit the Junior Lawyers Division website.

    Legal education and training review

    The Law Society is working to improve the current training system for legal students, with a particular focus on ethics and the Legal Education and Training Review. The Law Society has an expert Committee for Legal Education and Training that consists of solicitors, legal services providers and other experts in Legal Education and Training. The Law Society's promotes the following views in Education and Training.

    • There should be no unnecessary barriers to entry to the profession and we would support multiple routes but the standard of entrants should remain at the current high levels, a standard of 'excellency' rather than 'competency'.
    • Entrants should have a wide breadth of knowledge, skills and experience, not just a narrow focus on one activity.
    • Entrants should undertake academic, vocational and experiential, work-based learning prior to entry, although this could be completed in a number of ways, not necessarily the traditional route to entry.
    • There should be a greater focus on ethics and management skills throughout the course of legal education and training, from the basics at the very start of the pathway chosen, through to more complicated nuances and specific problems throughout the scope of their career.
    • CPD should be planned and relevant, with a greater scope of activities that 'count' towards the total.

    Please find out more about education and training issues and projects on the Law Society's education and training page.

    Scam warning: emails claiming to come from True Personal Injury Solicitors

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is warning students who have completed their law degree not to be taken in by a new scam email falsely stating they can get their LPC partially funded by a government body named True Personal Injury Solicitors.

    Read more about the scam on the Solicitors Regulation Authority's website.