Certificate of Eligibility

Some qualified lawyers can apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to take the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test - information about the application process is outlined here.

Apply by post

Please note, you must submit your application by post to:

Catherine Byrne, Administrator for Foreign Qualified Lawyers, Education Dept, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.

Applications by email are not accepted.

Who can apply

The Certificate of Eligibility application form is for use by the following qualified lawyers who wish to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility to take the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test:

  1. A person whose second or subsequent place of qualification as a solicitor is England and Wales (less than three years post-qualification experience in England and Wales) 
  2. A person whose second or subsequent place of qualification as a solicitor is Northern Ireland (less than three years post-qualification experience in Northern Ireland) 
  3. A person (formerly a barrister) whose first place of qualification as a solicitor is England and Wales (less than three years post-qualification experience as a solicitor in England and Wales) 
  4. A person (formerly a barrister) whose first place of qualification as a solicitor is Northern Ireland (less than three years post-qualification experience as a solicitor in Northern Ireland)
  5. A person who has been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales
  6. A person who has been admitted to the Bar of Northern Ireland
  7. A person qualified as an attorney in New York (with one year PQE)
  8. A person qualified as an attorney in Pennsylvania (with five years PQE)
  9. A person qualified as a solicitor in New Zealand
  10. A person qualified as an attorney in California (with one year PQE)
  11. A person qualified as a solicitor in NSW
  12. A person who has been admitted as a lawyer in an EFTA member state ie Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
  13. A person who has been admitted as a lawyer in an EU member state ie Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England and Wales, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,  Sweden.

Application form and supporting documents

Certificate of Eligibility applications are accepted throughout the year. Click on the links below for the form which includes important information and supporting documentation you need to supply as part of your application. 

You must submit your application by post to Catherine Byrne, Administrator for Foreign Qualified Lawyers, Education Dept, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. Applications by email are not accepted.

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Contact us

For queries in relation to this process, including Certificate of Eligibility renewals, please contact Catherine Byrne.