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Law Society membership

  • We’re the independent professional body for solicitors in England and Wales, run by and for our members. We:

    • are the voice of solicitors
    • drive excellence in the profession
    • safeguard the rule of law

    Watch our video to find out more about who we are, and what we do for you:

    How to become a member

    When the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) admits you to the roll of solicitors, you automatically become a member of the Law Society.

    Find out more about joining the Law Society

    Membership fees

    The Law Society is partly funded through fees from firms and individual practising certificates – we get part of the fee that you pay the SRA. This means you do not pay membership fees to us directly, unless you’re a member of a Section.

    Find out more about how we're funded and the value of your membership

    Membership benefits

    We’re here to support you at every stage of your career. This is what we do for the profession and for you:

    We promote the profession

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    • We promote the good work our members do at home and abroad
    • We raise the profile of the profession through our 'Solicitors. Here to help' campaign, positioning solicitors as the expert source of legal advice
    • We promote the benefits of English and Welsh law internationally through our global legal centre campaign
    • We help you build your business through our online Find a Solicitor database. The website gets over 600,000 visits each month, which leads to almost 49,000 enquiries to firms
    • We support and promote your pro bono and corporate activities, so you can take pride in the work that you do. And we celebrate the best in the profession through our annual Excellence Awards

    We influence government on your behalf

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    We support your practice excellence

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    • We give you guidance through practice notes and one-to-one support from our many helplines
    • Our team of experienced law librarians can help you find the information you need. Apply for a membership card to access the library and other facilities at Law Society’s Hall
    • We offer a wide range of events to help you with everything from a fast update on the latest legal developments to in-depth support with personal or professional development skills
    • Our accreditations help you and your practice demonstrate expertise to potential clients
    • Our practice-based communities can help you expand your network and improve your knowledge in specific areas
    • We also offer you personal and professional benefits. Get discounted rates on products and services, and access partners' expertise to help develop your practice

    We offer you career support

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    • We offer you career support through a host of events and e-learning through our Professional Development Centre
    • Our career development service helps you make better career decisions. Our new career clinic service offers a free consultation with a career coach or legal recruiter
    • Our demographic or practice-based communities can help you expand your network and improve your knowledge in specific areas
    • Our Gazette jobs board helps you shape your career with expert guidance and new vacancies in print and online

    We keep you updated with the latest developments in the legal sector

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    Download our member handbook (PDF 2 MB) to find out more about the benefits of Law Society membership.

    Communities membership

    You can personalise your membership by joining our Communities. These are split into Divisions and Sections.

    Divisions offer free support services based on your demographic.

    Sections offer services based on your area of practice. There’s an annual subscription fee to join.

    Visit our Communities page to see the full list and find out how to join.

    Renewing your membership

    Your Law Society membership is automatically renewed when you pay your annual practising certificate fee to the SRA.

    This means you do not have to pay us directly to renew your membership.

    Renewing your membership after a career break

    You need to be on the roll of solicitors before you can apply for a practising certificate.

    If you’re returning to the law after a career break, you may need to restore your name to the roll. You can do this through your mySRA account.

    Opt out of membership

    If you do not want to be a member of the Law Society, you can opt out by contacting us at thesupportcentre@lawsociety.org.uk or on 020 7242 1222.

    How we communicate with you

    We’ll keep you up to date with useful information to support your career, based on your interests. For example, you’ll receive emails about:

    • events
    • online training
    • section memberships
    • accreditations
    • additional member benefits, discounts and offers

    If you would prefer not to receive marketing messages, you can opt out by contacting us at thesupportcentre@lawsociety.org.uk or on 020 7242 1222.

    Read our privacy policy to find out more

  • Membership card

    Apply for a membership card to access the facilities at the Law Society's Hall.

    > Apply now (PDF 70kb)