The following Practice Management guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
To be admitted as a solicitor a trainee must:
complete the academic stage, for which the options are:
a qualifying law degree
the Common Professional Examination
an Exempting Law Degree, ie a qualifying law degree incorporating a Legal Practice Course, or
an Integrated Course, ie a course incorporating the foundations of legal knowledge and the Legal Practice Course
complete the vocational stage by:
passing the Legal Practice Course
passing the Professional Skills Course, and
completing a period of recognised training with an authorised training provider, ie, a training contract
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.
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:
for admission as a solicitor
for their first practising certificate
The AD1 form is completed and
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