Certificate of Admission

This section outlines the application process for foreign qualified lawyers who wish to apply to go on the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland.

Who can apply

The Certificate of Admission form is for use by the following qualified lawyers who wish to apply to go on the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland (Republic):

  1. A person whose first place of qualification as a solicitor is England and Wales
  2. A person whose first place of qualification as a solicitor is Northern Ireland
  3. A person whose subsequent place of qualification as a solicitor is England and Wales and has three years post qualification experience in England and Wales  
  4. A person whose subsequent place of qualification as a solicitor is Northern Ireland and has three years post qualification experience in Northern Ireland

If you qualified in Scotland or another country and would like to practise in Ireland, see the application process for other Foreign Lawyers.

Called to Bar

If you were formerly called to the bar, you must have:

  • three years post-qualification experience in England and Wales to avail of the mutual recognition (see 1 above), or
  • three years post-qualification experience in Northern Ireland to avail of the mutual recognition (see 2 above).  

Application form

Certificate of Admission applications are accepted throughout the year. 

Completed forms should be submitted to Philomena Whyte in the Law School.

Data Protection Statement

The Law Society of Ireland (‘the Society’) collects and processes personal data in relation to you for the purposes of administering its relationship with you. Data collected on the Admissions to the Roll of Solicitors Application Form will be recorded on the Roll of Solicitors (‘the Roll’) and will be available for inspection by the public. The Society is legally obliged to maintain the Roll under the Solicitors Acts 1954 and make it available for public inspection. 

Your data will be recorded on a manual Roll of Solicitors and on an electronic database.

Your data will be used for administrative purposes.

You have the right to request in writing a copy of any personal data about yourself that is held by the Society and have amended any personal data that is incorrect, incomplete or misleading.

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Contact us

If you have any queries in relation to this process, please contact  Philomena Whyte.