Training of Solicitors

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Stage One

The academic stage is completed in one of three ways:

1. Completing a qualifying law degree (which covers core legal subjects)

2. Completing a degree in another subject then the Common Professional Exam/Graduate Diploma in Law

3. Becoming an ILEX fellow (of the Institute of Legal Executive)

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Stage Two

The prospective solicitor must then become a student member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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Stage Three

The vocational stage of training begins with a one-year Legal Practise Course, learning the practical skills required for the profession.

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Stage Four

Next they must find a two-year training contract with an authorised training organisation (usually a firm of solicitors). ILEX fellows are exempt. During this, the Professional Skills Course must be completed.

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Stage Five

The solicitor is then fully qualified and is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors, usually working in a partnership with other solicitors. If they wish to represent clients in the Crown Court or above they must undertake further training to become a solicitor-advocate.

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