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This page sets out how you can become a Licensed Conveyancer if you have no existing legal qualification.

If you do have a legal qualification, find out more about how to qualify as a Licensed Conveyancer - click here

Get your career in property off to a flying start – become a Licensed Conveyancer  

Licensed Conveyancers deal with property transactions worth around £10bn each year and help thousands of people get into their dream home.

A professional Qualification…

Licensed Conveyancers are professional, specialist lawyers who are able to become partners in law firms or establish their own practices. They are qualified in all aspects of property law in England and Wales. More and more of them do probate, which is the process for enacting someone’s will after their death.  They are also Commissioners for Oaths so can do swears on legal documents, certify copies and sign your passport photos!

…with no student debt!

Studying to become a Licensed Conveyancer means you can become a qualified lawyer without needing a degree. You can study while you work, so you won’t have any student debt hanging round your neck.

So what’s the work like?

Each property transaction is unique and involves working closely with the buyers and sellers of property and often the banks who are lending money to the buyer. So if you like dealing with people and are good at problem-solving, you will thrive!

Licensed Conveyancers work in a wide range of organisations from firms specialising in conveyancing for individuals to large landowning estates and through local authorities to housing associations. Most begin their careers in established legal practices and many go on to become partners or to establish their own practices.

What’s the regulator like?

Like most legal services, Licensed Conveyancers are regulated. The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) takes a smart approach to regulation that aims to support innovation and help the professionals it regulates in the development of successful businesses. This approach is deep in our DNA because we were established to introduce competition into the conveyancing market and break the solicitors’ monopoly

How do I become a Licensed Conveyancer?

There’s a distance learning programme or part-time study at an approved college of Further or Higher education to choose from.  Either way, the course combines fast-paced learning with practical training. Students need to complete a minimum of at least one year full time conveyancing experience, submit written assignments and sit exams in all aspects of property law.

It can take as little as two years to complete the qualification but most students will spread the course over three to four years, combining study with work.

What qualifications do I need to get onto the course?

You will need at least four GCSE passes at grades A-C  (or equivalent) with one of them being English Language.  You can also apply if you are over 18 and working in the office of a Licensed Conveyancer or a solicitor and there are mature student options for the over 25s.

If you already have other legal qualifications (from a law degree onwards) you may be exempt from part or all of the academic requirements for the Licensed Conveyancer qualification.

Further information

To find out more, speak to the Qualifications Team about requirements for registration at the CLC on 01245 349 599 or email qualifications@clc-uk.org or <click here> for the student application form.