How to become a solicitor
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- the traditional solicitor qualifying route until 2032
In order to qualify, you must:
- take an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification, in any subject
- pass part 1 and 2 of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)
- complete 2 years (or equivalent if part-time) qualifying work experience
- meet the character and suitability requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
Though your degree does not have to be in Law, you will need some legal knowledge to pass the SQE.
To study Law at some universities you'll need to pass the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT).
You'll usually need:
- 3 A levels or equivalent
You could do a solicitor degree apprenticeship to qualify as a solicitor.
This route usually takes around 5 to 6 years and you'll need your employer's support to do it.
You'll also need to take the SQE, demonstrate relevant work experience and meet character and suitability to practice requirements.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You could start with a legal firm and do on-the-job training like the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Professional Diploma in Higher Law and Practice
You would then need to:
Competition for solicitor roles is tough so you need to show that you have consistently good grades as you progress through your education.
Getting work experience in different types of legal settings can help you to stand out and show your commitment. There are diversity work experience schemes to encourage under represented groups into the legal profession.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join The Law Society for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You can find out more about the routes to become a solicitor through: