Become a Solicitor

Interested in becoming a solicitor? Join a profession with a respected history of service to the law and the community as a whole. This history serves to make the profession easily adaptable to the ever-changing needs of modern society.

become a solicitor

See information on the work of solicitors, and the qualification process, below.

The work of solicitors

Solicitors are professionally trained to provide clients with skilled legal advice and representation on all legal matters. Most solicitors work in private practice, but, commercial and industrial organisations also employ solicitors, as do the Civil Service and the public sector generally. The work of solicitors varies as widely as the community they serve but some of the categories would include:

  • Advising private clients
  • Business
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Conveyancing
  • Wills, Probate & Administration of Estates

Hear from other solicitors

Find out from others what it's like to become and work as a solicitor. Check out real-life stories on our Legal Vacancies' Career Spotlight section.

The qualification process

The steps to qualify as a solicitor in Ireland are as follows:

  1. Preliminary Examination (for non-Graduates)
  2. FE-1/Final Examination-First Part (entrance exam)
  3. Find a Training Contract
  4. Professional Practice Courses (PPC I & PPC II)
  5. In-office training (24 months in duration)
  6. Admission to Roll

You can find more information on these steps through the links above, or download the booklet How to Become a Solicitor.

Foreign lawyers practising in Ireland

If you are a lawyer who qualified outside the Republic of Ireland and would like to practise in Ireland, please see the requirements to practise in Ireland.

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