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Qualify as a solicitor


Following the launch of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) on 1 September 2021, we are now in a transitional period where there are two valid routes to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales: the LPC route and the SQE route.

Solicitors Qualifying Examination

The SQE is for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales who has not yet embarked on a UK qualifying law degree, GDL or LPC.

Legal Practice Course

The LPC is designed specifically for applicants who are currently studying or have obtained their qualifying law degree or GDL in the UK.

Route Checker

During the transition period, there will be some who are eligible to take either the LPC route or the new SQE route to qualification.  Check which route you are eligible for.

Use our route checker

Alternative routes to qualification

There are alternative routes to train and qualify in law for those who do not wish, or are not able, to go to university full-time. 

Find out about other routes to qualification

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