Becoming a Solicitor or Barrister

Traditionally, the majority of our LLB graduates pursue a legal career either as a solicitor or barrister as their degree has sufficiently prepared them to further their legal skills and practice Law


As a Russell Group University, our fantastic network of professional alumni and employers boasts equally advantageous career enhancements in the pursuit of becoming a legal professional, such as networking, mentoring and work experience through CEPLER.


The various LLB Law degrees at Birmingham Law School cover the areas of Law that are required in order to meet the academic requirements for qualifying as a Barrister. On successful completion of the degree, intending Barristers must take the Bar Course, which is a further one-year full-time postgraduate course. There then follows a one-year period of Pupillage – a form of apprenticeship in a Barrister’s chambers. Birmingham Law School has a member of staff who specialises in supporting students who are seeking careers as Barristers.


On the 1st of September 2021, the Solicitors Regulation Authority changed their qualifying system to introduce the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). Previous pathways will continue to be ran during a 10-year transition period to 2031 if you are enrolled prior to the change. There are a range of options to assist students with preparing for the SQE, and Birmingham Law School has an arrangement with a high quality SQE training provider which offers discounted SQE preparation fees to Birmingham Law School graduates. Under the new SQE pathway, candidates must:

All of our LLB Law degrees satisfy the first requirement, and there will also be opportunities during the degree for students to develop some of the legal knowledge and skills that are relevant to the SQE.

Again, Birmingham Law School has a dedicated member of staff who provides advice and organises events to support students who are looking to qualify as Solicitors. 

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