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07 November 2023

The College of Legal Practice launches a new guide to support those thinking about becoming a Solicitor

The College of Legal Practice is launching today its new and unique guide to becoming a solicitor. This guide brings together advice, tips and experiences from experienced and newly qualified solicitors, along with graduate recruitment professionals. You can access your copy here.

Contributors to the guide include a range of solicitors with different expertise: members of the Birmingham Solicitors Group, Sophie Shaw, founder of Law with Sophie, our own supervisors who are all solicitors, and graduate recruitment professionals at Clarke Wilmott, Browne Jacobson and Capsticks.

Having had many conversations with undergraduate law students and aspiring legal professionals, it was clear to the College team, that many students were jumping ahead to qualification training without really knowing whether the solicitor profession was for them. This guide takes it step by step, covering what a solicitor does every day, what kind of skills a solicitor needs and what types of solicitor roles exist.

Then, the Becoming a Solicitor Guide takes readers through the SQE and how you can quality and importantly, get that legal work experience you need to kickstart your legal career.

Dr Giles Proctor, CEO of the College, says “Law students and those changing to law have so many opportunities available to them through the SQE regime, but often need support to navigate it. I am very proud to be able to offer them this unique guide that aims to inform them about the solicitor profession. The SQE is timely and costly, so our advice is to research the profession first, and be sure that you want to become a solicitor, before jumping into taking the SQE. I hope that the guide provides useful to those looking at our profession and can see the diversity and opportunity within it.”



Background information on the College

The College of Legal Practice is a postgraduate accredited law school based in the UK. The College specialises in the SQE, having supported students through every SQE assessment, with excellent student feedback.

The College’s SQE preparation courses are highly flexible, accessible and available at competitive prices. Their unique online learning design offers a high level of individual support for every student, including advice on whether they will pass the SQE.

The College has a not-for-profit parent company, based in Australia, and a growing number of clients including Reed Smith and Browne Jacobson, Manchester Law School and Middlesex University.

Access the Becoming a Solicitor Guide