For all courses, we advise applicants to complete the application process at their earliest convenience after applications have opened (usually around 1 October for the following year).
Application closing dates vary and it is at the discretion of each institution when they close their courses. Applications for a course may close early if all the places on the course have been taken. Applicants are, therefore, encouraged to apply as early as possible to stand the best chance of securing a place on their preferred course.
Applicants wanting to apply for a full-time course starting in September are advised to complete their application by June/mid-July if possible as courses generally start to close from the end of July onwards. Applications may continue into August/September depending on which institution you are applying to and the number of places still available.
GDL Applicants: If you want to do a GDL/CPE in 2021 with a view to qualifying as a solicitor through the LPC route, you must have accepted an offer on or before 31 August 2021 for a course which starts any time before 31 December 2021. If you choose to do this, you will have the choice of continuing to qualify under the LPC route (until 2032) or through the new SQE route.
Please ensure that you check the relevant course providers’ websites for details of course start dates and application closing dates as they may not consider late applications.
Applicants for courses starting in January should have their applications completed before end November of the previous year, or earlier depending on course closing dates.
Please note: if a Training Contract provider has given a deadline, applicants should adhere to that.
International applicants who need a visa and are applying for a January course should have their application completed by the beginning of November to ensure there is sufficient time to organise all the required information.
International students who need a visa and wish to start a September course should have their application completed by the end of June to ensure there is sufficient time to organise all the required information.
Please note: References are required for the majority of applications. Please contact your referee to ensure both their willingness and availability to provide the recommendation prior to nominating them on your application. Applications are not released to the course providers until the reference has been received.
If you have any character and suitability issues it is very important that you contact the SRA at least 6 months in advance of your anticipated LPC start date.
GDL applicants whose qualifications were obtained outside of the UK and who wish to become barristers should contact the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for further information prior to course registration (www.barstandardsboard.org.uk – email@example.com)
The current application fee for the LPC, GDL and SQE preparation courses is £25.00.