What to expect before and after admission

Before admission

When your application for admission has been assessed and a decision has been made that you are eligible for admission, we will send you a letter (a certificate of satisfaction) confirming your admission date.

Admission day

On each scheduled admission date, we publish a list of individuals admitted to the roll of solicitors on that day.

Search for your name on list of persons admitted to the roll of solicitors

After admission

On your allocated admission date, we will update your records to show that you have been admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales and we will produce your admission certificate.

Your admission and practising certificate (if applied for) will follow within 10 working days of your date of admission. Please wait for receipt of your admission certificate before activating your mySRA account.

After you receive your practising certificate, you can search the Law Society's Find a Solicitor directory for your name, if you hold a current practising certificate.

Our service levels

Admission application (AD1)

Please submit your admission application at least 28 days before your preferred admission date.

For the application cut-off dates for each admission date, please see Admission dates.

If your application involves the assessment of work experience, please allow a period of 12 weeks for a decision to be made on your application.

Pre-admission applicant screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Please ensure that your completed declaration agreeing to the pre-admission screening checks (which include a Standard Criminal Record Check issued by the DBS) is submitted eight weeks before your preferred admission date.

Character and Suitability

If you have indicated any character and suitability offences, please allow a period of six months for a decision to be made on your application.

Character and suitability guidance.

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