Completion of training contract
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Last updated on 28/07/2020

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

Completion of training contract

This Practice Note explains SRA requirements and guidance on the process for applying for admission as a solicitor, following a training contract. It does not deal with qualification via the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) or via an apprenticeship.

Admission requirements

Under the training contract route to qualification, 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. From 1 September 2021, aspiring solicitors can also qualify via the SQE.These routes are beyond the scope of this Practice Note. For more information on the SQE route to qualification, see subtopic: Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Admission application

An application for admission must be made in mySRA. A fee of £100 is payable for admission. If a practising certificate is required, an additional sum

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means completion of this agreement in accordance with clause[s] [insert number of the clause(s) dealing with completion of the agreement];

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