How to Become a Solicitor
Thinking about starting your law training but have never studied law before? Don’t worry - The Common Professional Examination, a UK post-graduate CPE law course, has been created for non-law graduates looking to start their legal career. This course will send you in the right direction to begin your professional career as a solicitor.
1. Find your CPE course
If you are wondering how to become a solicitor, the first step is to find the right CPE course. Consider where you want to practice law, since you will have a better chance finding a job near to where you study. Also, decide if you would like to concentrate on any area of law while you are at school. Certain universities will focus in an area of law, just as many solicitors have a specialty. You should also consider pricing as well as support from the school in placing you into a job after graduation.
2. Receive your degree
At the end of the CPE law training course, you will receive a diploma and be able to move on to a more advanced qualification. Depending on the institution you are with, your diploma will be called the:
• Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
• Lex. Legis Diploma (LL. Dip), or
• Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PgDL)
This course usually will take you one to two years. This is subject to the length of your course and whether or not you study on a full-time or part-time basis.
3. Proceed to the LPC
Before starting your LPC course, remember to register with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the regulation body for solicitors in England and Wales.
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) qualification, a postgraduate legal degree, is usually taken after the Common Professional Examination. The LPC will usually allow you to concentrate on a specific area of law, depending on what you would like to pursue professionally.
Schools will usually provide you with mock courtrooms to practice and plenty of legal reading material. After the LPC, you will need to commence a training contract before you are able to become a solicitor.
4. The training contract
According to The Law Society,“the training contract period is for two years although it can be reduced by up to six months if you have suitable and relevant previous legal experience.” At the end of your training contract, you are eligible to apply to the Roll of Solicitors for a first practising certificate.
5. Become a solicitor (and awesome)
With your certificate, you can now work as a solicitor and give legal advice to organisations. According to The Law Society, solicitors can go into the follow careers:
• Private practice
• Commence and industry
• Local and central government
• Court services