Solicitor Training & Qualifications
The qualification and training essential to enter the legal profession by being admitted as a solicitor is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
There are two graduate routes of entry into the profession. Prospective solicitors holding a qualifying law degree can enrol with the Law Society as a student member and go on to study a Legal Practice Course. Alternatively graduates that possess a non-law degree but which is still regarded as a "qualifying degree" must in addition complete a conversion course before enrolling on the Legal Practice Course. Once the Legal Practice Course has been completed, the trainee solicitor usually must complete an training course or apprenticeship, known as a training contract, for a period of two years with a firm entitled to take on trainee solicitors.
If an individual has not attended university it is still possible to qualify as a solicitor by being admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (FILEX). Once accepted the trainee solicitor would be required to complete the required nomber of years of practical experience and study for the Legal Practice course.