How to apply
Our Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation is a recognised quality standard for practitioners providing advice under a legal aid contract.
To apply for accreditation, you’ll need to:
- meet the eligibility requirements
- submit a detailed application
- pass the relevant examination
Step 1: Read the guidance
Before you begin your application, you must read the:
- general scheme application criteria and guidance (PDF 361 KB)
- Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation application guidance notes (PDF 400 KB)
- Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation examination guidelines (PDF 787 KB)
Step 2: Complete the mandatory examination
Before you apply for each stage of the accreditation you must complete and pass the relevant examination provided by Central Law Training.
Registration for the exam costs £51. The examination fee is dependent on the exam selected.
Trainee casework assistant applicants must complete a multiple choice test.
Casework assistant and senior caseworker applicants must complete a written application.
Supervising senior caseworker applicants must complete a timed assessment.
As of 31 October 2020, Central Law Training will no longer conduct the examinations on behalf of the Law Society. Further details on how to undertake the examinations will be provided in due course.
Step 3: Complete the application form
Once you’ve passed the relevant examination, complete the accreditation application form (Word 477 KB).
Step 4: Submit your application
Your completed application is made up of:
- your application form
- confirmation of successfully passing the relevant examination
Do not send files larger than 18 MB. If necessary, send your supporting documents in separate emails.
Step 5: Pay the application fee
We’ll send you an invoice when we receive your application.
The initial application fee depends on which stage you’re applying for.
Step 6: Accreditation
Our accreditation team will review and assess your application.
We’ll let you know the outcome of your application once we’ve received your payment.
The accreditation process takes around six to eight weeks. It can take longer if we receive high volumes of applications or if you do not give us all the information we need.
If your application is unsuccessful, we’ll refund your membership fee.
You may appeal against our decision.
If you have any questions about the application process, contact our accreditations team.
Call: 020 7320 5797
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday