Want to be 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.
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.
Alternative routes to qualifying as a solicitor
Alternative routes are available to train as, or gain entry to the professional roll as, a solicitor for those who do not want to or cannot go to university full-time.