FAQs for students

I want to qualify as a solicitor

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The second is the vocational stage. This is achieved by completion of the Legal Practice Course (LPC), a period of recognised training and the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

Further details about qualifying as a solicitor can be found in our student information pack. Note that from no earlier than September 2020 qualification as a solicitor will be changing - see our hot topic for more information - but there will be a period of transition for those part way through the current system.

Academic stage of education and training

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It is achieved by completing a qualifying law degree or the Common Professional Examination/Post Graduate Diploma in Law sometimes known as a conversion course.

Common Professional Examination (CPE)

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Legal Practice Course (LPC)

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If you know that you have a character and suitability issue, or are unsure as to whether you may have an issue, you can choose to submit an early disclosure before completing the Legal Practice Course. The fee for an early assessment is £100.

Further information can be found in our Student information pack

You will need to have your character and suitability re-assessed before you commence a period of recognised training. 

Further information can be found in our Trainee information pack.

Your course provider will be able to advise if you are eligible for partial exemptions. 

If you think you may be eligible for a full exemption from either all of stage 1 or stage 2 or both, you can apply to us. 

You must be able to demonstrate how you have met the course outcomes. More details can be found in our Equivalent means information pack

The fee for this application is £600. 

Exemptions from certain elements of the LPC are currently allowed for BVC and BPTC graduates. Further information on this can also be found here.

The fee for this application is £100.

Further information can be found in our Authorised training provider information pack

Vocational stage of education and training

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The vocational stage is achieved by completion of the Legal Practice Course (LPC), a period of recognised training and the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

Student character and suitability

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It is important that you disclose any character and suitability issues before you start a period of recognised training. 

You should also tell us about any issues that may arise afterwards. 

Failure to do so could affect your admission as a solicitor of England and Wales.

To have your character and suitability assessed please complete the Character and Suitability Application (PRT2)

You must submit it at least six months before your period of training is due to start.

If you wish you can submit an early disclosure at any time. The fee for an early assessment is £100.

Further information can be found in our Student information pack

You should also tell us about any issues that may arise afterwards.

Student reasonable adjustments

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Under the Equality Act 2010 course providers have a duty to make "reasonable adjustments" for disabled students. If you are a disabled student and need reasonable adjustments, then you will need to discuss these requirements with your course provider.

If you cannot agree on the reasonable adjustment with your course provider, you may be able to take further action to pursue your request.

Where an LPC provider shows repeated or systematic breaches of the Equality Act we may reconsider the arrangements for authorisation.

QLD (Qualifying Law Degree) and CPD (Common professional Examination) qualifications are overseen by the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education).

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