Want to be a solicitor?, there are a few different routes that you can qualify to practice as a solicitor in England and wales.
How to be a solicitor
Of course having or undergoing a law degree is everything required for the academic stage. However if your degree is not law you can still be a solicitor although you need to change your studies but also take the mandatory professional exam and/ or graduate diploma in law. If you are from overseas and you are a qualified lawyer and wish to work in England and Wales, you can transfer under the SRA Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Regulations 2011. The solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) ensures and sets regulations and standards for Solicitor profession in England and Wales which includes entry and training.
Having qualified with a Law degree
To be a solicitor means to complete a qualifying law degree. A regulatory Council responsible for setting out conditions that a law degree must meet is the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Council. Check here for a list of solicitor academic institutions that offer qualifying law degrees on the SRA website.
If you are going for a law degree course, you need a strong academic record, since these degrees are tough. You can apply for relevant places through UCAS
What happens during your studies…
You will learn the foundations of legal knowledge while studying and you must obtain a pass of 40% in each subject no matter what the institution you’re studying under has set as the mark.
What happens if you do not have a degree?
If you are working in a legal office you can choose to join the Chartered institute of Legal executives (CILEx) which is responsible for governing chartered legal executives. You need to pass their examinations first as a member and then later to be a fellow. Qualifying this way takes a considerably long time and is quite demanding and challenging which requires you to enter and maintain CILEx approved legal employment.
Working as a solicitor.
The minimum pay for a solicitor trainee in central London is £18,590 p.a. Trainees working other places in England and wales receive 16,650 p.a.
From June 2012, it was announced by the SRA that they did not believe in having a minimum wage for solicitor trainees that was above national minimum wage.