Solicitor training

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. This is currently waived if you have first qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive however arrangements under the new Solicitor Qualification Examination (SQE) have not yet been confirmed.

Subject to final approval from the Legal Services Board, solicitors will start qualifying using the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) in 2021. 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:

As it currently stands, qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer does not prevent you from also qualifying as 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.

Subject to final approval from the Legal Services Board, solicitors will start qualifying using the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) in 2021. 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.

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 De Montfort Law School, 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 De Montfort Law School, 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 currently available if you have already studied certain CILEx Level 6 units.