How do I become a Solicitor?
If you are interested in becoming a solicitor, there are different routes you can take.
The traditional route to becoming a solicitor involves completing a law degree, Legal Practice Course and then obtaining a Period of Recognised Training (training contracts). Fletchers Solicitors will be opening applications for training contracts at least yearly.
New route to qualifying
Since 2021 the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE) now replace the traditional route of the LPC and Training Contract. More information on the transitional provisions can be found here SRA | Transitional arrangements | Solicitors Regulation Authority
Anyone with a qualifying degree can take the exams. It is recommended to complete a preparation course.
Summary of route:
- Degree (does not have to be law)
- SQE 1- functional legal knowledge. Will test knowledge of law and how to apply it in real-life situations.
- SQE 2- core legal skills. Practical skills assessments including role play and simulation.
- Qualifying work experience instead of a training contract
- Pass the SRA character and suitability test
There are different ways you can complete the route:
- Self-fund the degree, SQE with preparation course and complete 2 years qualifying work experience at Fletchers Solicitors
- Apply for funding yearly to contribute towards the costs of the degree, SQE with preparation course and complete 2 years qualifying work experience
- Apply for a solicitor or graduate solicitor apprenticeship whilst working at Fletchers Solicitors.
Fletchers Solicitors will offer as many routes and opportunities to qualify as possible.