Routes into law

Changes to Solicitor Qualifications in England And Wales

You may be aware that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is introducing a new method of assessment for qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales. Read more about this important change on LSE's Law site. A list of Frequently Asked Questions can also be found on the SRA website.


Mini-pupillages and vacation schemes are a common to gain experience relevant for a career in law, whether you want to become a barrister or solicitor. 

Smaller firms may not advertise vacation placements, but you might be able to proactively organise your own. Search the Law Society's database of solicitors to find a list of firms near your vacation address in the UK. Governments, international organisations, courts and charities also frequently offer internships and traineeships related directly or indirectly to law. There are also lots of ways you can get relevant experience outside the legal sector; see these links for suggestions:

 Training contracts

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Vacation schemes

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All about Law: Diversity

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