The LawCareers.Net Handbook 2021

Career timetable

There are many different types of lawyer and paths into the legal profession. Use the diagram below to plot out your route into law.



A level

Intermediate apprenticeship

Paralegal apprenticeship

CILEx Level 3 Certificate

Non-law degree

Law degree

Solicitor apprenticeship

Law conversion

CILEx Level 3 Diploma

CILEx Level 6

Chartered legal executive apprenticeship

Bar course


CILEx Fast Track

3 years’ qualifying employment

Pupillage Training contract


Chartered legal executive



Equivalent means cross-qualification

Further reading For more on the solicitors’ career timetable, see p138. For more on the barristers’ career timetable, see p434. For more on the chartered legal executive timetable, see p133. For more on legal apprenticeships, pick up a copy of The Law Apprenticeships Guide 2021 . Change ahead: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination Anyone who starts an undergraduate degree after Autumn 2021 will have to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, a new two-stage assessment, plus two years’ qualifying work experience. The SQE replaces the LPC and means that a law degree or GDL are no longer compulsory – although you will probably need either a LLB or law conversion to have a chance of passing the SQE. For more information, read the “SRA chapter” on p131 and go to LawCareers.Net.


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