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Student enrolment

Proposal to change the regulations for student enrolment

12 February 2014 – As we are currently consulting on the issue of student enrolment, we recommend that you postpone seeking student enrolment until the outcome of that consultation is known—unless you have a character and suitability issue which requires assessment. In that case, you must apply for student enrolment and an assessment of the issue within 6 months of the date that you propose to start the Legal Practice Course.

More about the consultation and proposed changes to the Training Regulations


You may start the Legal Practice Course (LPC) only if we have approved your application for student enrolment. This is a regulatory requirement (see SRA Training Regulations 2011, regulation 12). Anyone who starts the LPC without a communication from us approving their enrolment application and confirming completion of the academic stage of training faces serious inconvenience and disappointment, as they will not be permitted to continue their studies.

How to enrol as a student with the SRA

Register and apply online
(if you don't have an SRA ID number).
Register then apply online

or

If you have previously registered online and have an SRA ID number that starts with "007", please log in using your existing username and password.Apply online now

or

If your SRA ID number starts with digits other than "007", or your SRA ID number starts with "007" and you have previously submitted a paper application, you cannot apply online. Complete an offline application

PLEASE READ: IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL STUDENTS

Student enrolment is the process by which you

  1. demonstrate to the SRA that you have satisfied the academic stage requirements and are therefore eligible and sufficiently qualified to continue to the vocational stage of training,
  2. demonstrate by passing the Suitability Test that you are of the appropriate character to continue to the next stage of training on the route to becoming a solicitor, and
  3. bring yourself within the regulatory regime of the SRA.

The SRA Training Regulations 2011 state that you must have enrolled with us before you commence the LPC. It is very important that you apply for student enrolment in advance of your anticipated LPC start date to allow time for your application to be processed.

Character and suitability disclosures

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) was amended in May 2013 to bring it in line with the European Convention on Human Rights. The main changes were the introduction of ‘protected’ cautions and convictions.

As a result of the changes, questions we ask about convictions or cautions do not apply to protected cautions or convictions. Failure to disclose such convictions and cautions cannot be considered as prima facie evidence of dishonesty. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will filter any protected convictions and cautions, so they will not appear on standard disclosures.

We are revisiting the wording of the Suitability Test to cover these changes and a new version should be published in October 2013.

Deadlines

  • If you have any character and suitability issues, you must apply for student enrolment six months in advance of your LPC start date.
  • If you do not have any character and suitability issues, you must apply for student enrolment one month in advance of your LPC start date.
  • If your student enrolment has lapsed and you are re-applying with character and suitability issues, you must re-apply for student enrolment six months in advance of commencing your training contract.

In order for an application to be considered, it must be complete; a completed application consists of a fully completed form and the appropriate fee of £80.00 together with any supporting documentation.

We are unable to expedite applications for the purposes of meeting individual students' personal deadlines (e.g. bank loan deadlines or visa applications).

Student enrolment fees are non-refundable. Please note that, should you decide to withdraw your application, your fee will not be refunded.

How should I apply?

If you have not made a previous application to the SRA, please register and apply online.

If you have a current SRA number that starts with 007, please apply online using your existing username and password. (Please do not re-register.)

If you have made a previous application to the SRA (e.g. for a certificate of academic standing or CPE exemption) and you have been provided with a reference number that does not start with 007, you cannot apply online. Please email studentenrolment@sra.org.uk to request a form, stating your previous circumstances.

If you have previously been granted student enrolment, but your enrolment lapsed prior to 1 April 2013, you cannot apply online. Please email studentenrolment@sra.org.uk to request a form, stating your previous circumstances.

Online applications

The online enrolment system is open for applicants with an LPC programme start date in 2013/2014.

Some users have reported issues completing online applications and making online payments. For help, please see our FAQs:

Completion of the academic stage of training

Please ensure that you also complete an application for completion of the academic stage of training. If you are completing your degree during 2012, please enter the predicted result.

Deadlines

  • If you have any character and suitability issues, you must apply for student enrolment six months in advance of your LPC start date.
  • If you do not have any character and suitability issues, you must apply for student enrolment one month in advance of your LPC start date.

Late applications

Applications will only be considered when accompanied by a comprehensive explanation of the circumstances for the failure to meet the deadline. Applications will be assessed by taking into account all the relevant circumstances of that particular individual.

  • Refused applications – will be returned together with the fee.
  • Accepted applications – we aim to process the application within 30 days of the decision to accept, subject to the declaration of character and suitability issues.

If you commence the LPC before having received confirmation of student enrolment and completion of the academic stage, you will be asked to leave the course immediately. Providers will also ask students to leave the course and any fees may be forfeited.

What you are expected to know

Find out what you are expected to know before you begin the Legal Practice Course. This document discusses the ethos of the LPC, outlines the structure of the course, and describes ways in which you will be required to apply your existing knowledge.


Please use www.sra.org.uk/enrol to link to this page.