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A solicitor is a legal professional providing legal advice to private individuals, companies, businesses local government and corporations and charities on legal matters. Legal matters can range from family law, immigration, litigation, company law, employment and corporate law. The usual daily tasks that are carried out by solicitors are providing legal advice to clients, translating client's issues into legal terms, researching case law and legislation, drafting legal documents and letters, preparing court files, negotiating on deals or with their opponents and attending courts.
There are about 195,000 solicitors in the U.K of which approximately 145,000 are practising solicitors and the remaining 40,000 are on the Roll of Solicitors. Solicitors are regulated by Solicitor Regulation Authority. To qualify as a solicitor, you will need to complete a law degree or do GDL (after completing another degree), then complete a Legal Practice Course before starting a two-year training contract at a Law Firm, which approximately takes six years to become a solicitor.
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To become a solicitor, you will need to obtain an LLB law degree or the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), complete the Legal Practice Course and undertake a 2-year training contract. Once all the relevant training is completed, you will need to apply to the SRA for admission to the roll. Once approved, you are now certified as a solicitor.
It generally requires at least 6 years of qualification, from the start of a law degree until qualification. An apprenticeship will also take 5 or 6 years to complete.
The traditional route to qualifying is through a training contract. Most firms recruit trainees two years in advance, however thiis could vary. Some firms will fund the LPC for their trainees prior to the training contract commencing. A new route to qualification has recently been introduced, called the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SQE involves two assessments to test the individual's legal knowledgee and practical legal skills. Some firms have started offering the SQE as opposed to the LPC. Currently, candidates can opt for either, depending on the firm, but the LPC will only be available until 2032. You can take the SQE route after an apprenticeship as well.