UK Bar Admissions

UNITED KINGDOM

Procedure for Admittance to Practice Law

The United Kingdom has a legal profession made up of Solicitors and Barristers represented by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council respectively.

 

Barrister Center; Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Qualification as a Solicitor:

  • Step 1 Qualifying Law Degree

  • Step 2 Complete a Legal Practice Course (LPC)

  • Step 3 Training Contract

Candidates who have completed their coursework at the International Center for Legal Studies (ICLS) and have earned an LL.B.. from the University of London External Programme meet the requirements of Step 1.   Step 2 may be completed by enrolling in a one year full- time course, two year part-time course, or by distance learning.  Step 3 is then fulfilled by undergoing an apprenticeship period with a Solicitor firm.

Qualification as a Barrister:

Candidates who have completed their coursework at ICLS and have been awarded an LL.B.. from the University of London External Programme meet the requirements of Step 1.  Step 2 may be completed by attending the prescribed number of dinners at an Inns of Court.  Step 3 may be fulfilled by completing a one year full-time or two year part-time Bar Vocational Course (BVC) course.  Steps 4 to 7 are completed by obtaining a pupillage (apprenticeship) with a chambers of Barristers for two six month intervals and upon meeting with satisfactory approval, being issued a Practising certificate.

  • Step 4 Six Month Pupillage

  • Step 5 Provisional Practising Certificate

  • Step 6 Six Month Pupillage

  • Step 7 Obtain a Practising Certificate as a Barrister