In this section you will find an overview of how to qualify as a solicitor, plus the options available through CILEx Law School to reach that goal. If you have not yet undertaken any legal study then please read the section on how to qualify first.
How to qualify as a solicitor
The rules on how to qualify as a solicitor are set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). As well as academic study you will have to gain work experience as specified by the SRA, although this is currently waived if you have first qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive.
The ‘traditional’ route to becoming a solicitor is to achieve the SRA’s academic stage of training by way of a law degree. The time and increasing cost commitment of university study make alternative routes to qualification, and in particular the Chartered Legal Executive route, very attractive.
In 2021, solicitors will start qualifying using the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). This may change qualification requirements and cross-qualification opportunities. You should check the current training regulations and impact of upcoming changes with the SRA on 0370 606 2555 prior to enrolling.
Routes to qualification
The following routes to qualification are available:
Qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer does not prevent you from also qualifying as a solicitor, and there are advantages in selecting this route to train to be a solicitor. We strongly advise that you contact our team to discuss your personal circumstances before embarking on any courses with CILEx Law School. We can give you advice on the routes available, your eligibility and any time limits that apply.
In 2021, solicitors will start qualifying using the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). This may change qualification requirements and cross-qualification opportunities. Any advice given in respect of the SRA will need to be confirmed with them by contacting their training and education department on 0370 606 2555.
The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) course is also commonly known as the law conversion course or Common Professional Examination (CPE). Our GDL is offered in partnership with Leicester Institute of Legal Practice, part of De Montfort University, a prestigious law school with a personal touch.
The Legal Practice Course (LPC)/LLM in Legal Practice is offered in association with Leicester Institute of Legal Practice, part of De Montfort University, a prestigious law school with a personal touch. This course is delivered by open learning which combines distance learning with regular face-to-face teaching sessions. Exemptions are available if you have already studied certain CILEx Level 6 units.