Completion of training contract
Completion of training contract

The following Practice Management practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Completion of training contract
  • Admission requirements
  • Admission application
  • Character and suitability screening
  • Criminal record check
  • Suitability test
  • Dealing with disputes
  • Termination of training contract
  • Retention of newly qualified solicitors
  • Admission ceremony

Admission requirements

To be admitted as a solicitor a trainee must:

  1. complete the academic stage, for which the options are:

    1. a qualifying law degree

    2. the Common Professional Examination

    3. an Exempting Law Degree, ie a qualifying law degree incorporating a Legal Practice Course, or

    4. an Integrated Course, ie a course incorporating the foundations of legal knowledge and the Legal Practice Course

  2. complete the vocational stage by:

    1. passing the Legal Practice Course

    2. passing the Professional Skills Course, and

    3. completing a period of recognised training with an authorised training provider, ie, a training contract

  3. satisfy the SRA’s character and suitability requirements

From 1 November 2015, the SRA has permitted qualification via an apprenticeship route, in place of the academic and vocational stages. This is beyond the scope of this Practice Note.

Admission application

An application for admission must be made in the prescribed form—the current form is Admission form (AD1). A fee of £100 is payable for admission. If a practising certificate is required, an additional sum will be payable, the amount of which depends on the date of admission.

The SRA will send the AD1 form to the trainee approximately eight weeks before the expected completion of their training contract. The trainee can use this form to apply:

  1. for admission as a solicitor

  2. for their first practising certificate

The AD1 form is completed and submitted by the trainee but your training principal must

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