To be a successful solicitor you need more than excellent legal knowledge. You must also develop the soft skills you need in your day-to-day work.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) uses continuing competence to make sure solicitors can do their jobs to the standard expected of them.
The SRA lists four core competencies for you to focus on:
The SRA’s competence statement helps you meet the continuing competence requirement.
It recognises the importance of soft skills, such as how to:
You’ll find resources below to help you learn, develop and improve skills like these.
The threshold standard sets the minimum level of competence needed for solicitors to continue to practise. This is set at level three, which is also the standard at which someone qualifying as a solicitor would be expected to perform.
Continuing competence guidance – our guidance on complying with the SRA’s requirements
Career companion resources – sign up for workshops and skills sessions, and access our online career zone
Career Management for Lawyers
Junior Lawyers' Handbook
Legal Training Handbook
Smarter Legal Marketing – how to market yourself for work and career development
Communication and assertiveness
Improve your presentation and public speaking skills
What does continuing competence mean?
Effective team working, leadership and delegation
Tips to make the most of networking opportunities
This event offers advice and support to mature students aspiring to become solicitors, including advice to help you identify key skills that can be transferred to the legal profession.