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Am I eligible for Exemptions?

Do you hold a Law Degree, a Legal Practice Course (LPC) or other recognised legal qualifications? If that’s the case, you may be eligible to some exemption. Your chosen training provider will confirm any exemptions before you start studying. Anyone with a Law Degree obtained in England and Wales can usually progress straight to the Level 6 Diploma. LPC students may have some requirements.

If you hold an LPC, Level 6 CLC or CILEx qualifications, then you should check whether these are valid. If not, then you may be required to update some legal and technical knowledge. CLC Lawyers are expected to revalidate their legal and technical knowledge after 6 years of not holding a valid licence. This means that if your qualifications were awarded more than 6 years before you submit your application, you will be expected to meet the same revalidation standards. This includes:

  1. Past CLC Record of Achievement
  2. CILEx Level 6 qualifications
  3. An LPC (6 years applies from 01 Jan 2023)

You will be required to pass one of the following units on the SQA Level 6 Diplomas before submitting your licence application.

  • For a conveyancing licence: the Level 6 unit Conveyancing Law and Practice.
  • For a Probate Licence: the Level 6 unit Administration of Estates.

Please see the links below:

I have other legal qualifications
Information on how to claim exemptions with external legal qualifications.

I have a legal qualifications obtained outside of England and Wales
Please read the CLC’s Recognition Legal Qualifications obtained outside of England and Wales.

UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UKCPQ)

UKCPQ no longer provides an advisory service for regulated professions on behalf of the UK Government, following the end of the contract on 31st December 2023. Professionals are now directed to the Regulated Professions Register (RPR) to verify the CLCs requirements for Lawyers and trainees with legal qualifications obtained outside of England and Wales.