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Becoming a solicitor

  • The qualification system for solicitors is changing. This page covers the current system, which will apply until autumn 2021, and during the 10-year transition period to 2031 if you're already on the path to qualifying. Find out more about future changes.

    There are a number of routes you can take to become a solicitor.

    To qualify as a solicitor, you must:

    • study the foundations of legal knowledge – the academic foundation of becoming a solicitor
    • complete a period of recognised legal training – the vocational foundation of becoming a solicitor

    The vocational foundation includes:

    • the Legal Practice Course (LPC)
    • period of recognised training
    • the Professional Skills Course