Qualifying for the legal profession

A qualifying law degree is an approved qualification which contains the foundations of legal knowledge, as specified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

At present, all Leicester LLB programmes are qualifying law degrees (dependent on passing the core modules), serving as the first stage of professional qualification for both solicitors and barristers in England and Wales. This system remains unchanged for those looking to train as barristers.

Qualifying as a solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority announced on 25 April 2017 that the current system of qualification will be replaced by a new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), which they aim to introduce in late 2020. We want to reassure all Leicester law students that you will continue to have the option to qualify as a solicitor in the current way (an LPC following graduation with a qualifying law degree).

We are currently reviewing the LLB curriculum in the light of the SQE. We will provide full information for future students once any changes to the curriculum have been approved.

The current system

The current route to becoming a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales can be broken down in to three stages:

  • The academic stage: the qualifying law degree
  • The vocational stage: the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
  • The professional stage: a training contract at a firm of solicitors, or pupillage at a barrister's chambers

All our degree programmes are qualifying law degrees, with the seven foundation subjects covered in the following modules:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • The Law of Contract
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • EU Law
  • Land Law (Property Law)
  • Law of Torts