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.

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.

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. In-office training (24 months in duration)
  5. Professional Practice Courses (PPC I & PPC II)
  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.

Finding your Training Contract 

The Law Society Traineeship Section hosts an annual seminar to help prospective trainees to find a training contract. Bookings are now open for the next seminar on 30 January 2019.

Other helpful information on this topic is available below:

More information on solicitor training

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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