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Solicitor admitted Overseas

The following page outlines the procedure for applying to the Law Society of Northern Ireland for Solicitors whose first place of admission is overseas. If your first place of admission was either England and Wales, Republic of Ireland or Scotland then please follow the links to the right of this page for the correct procedure.

Applicants should allow a minimum of three months for the application process to be completed.

Application and Declaration

The intending applicant must complete application form EF6, which is available for download below. The application contains a number of declarations which the applicant has to make regarding criminal convictions, insolvency and professional misconduct.

The Society's Character and Fitness Policy is accessible by clicking here.


The application and registration fee is £150.

Payment should be made by bank transfer. We no longer accept payments by cheque.

The bank details are available on Section 8: Checklist of the application form.

Upon Submission

If the application to register as a student is approved applicants with Common Law training are usually required to complete the following:

(a) any outstanding core subjects which were not part of their degree, as follows:

   ~ Constitutional Law
   ~ Law of Tort
   ~ Law of Contract
   ~ Criminal Law
   ~ Equity
   ~ European Law
   ~ Land Law
   ~ Law of Evidence

(b) a one-year course at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS) at Queens University Belfast;

(c) a one-year apprenticeship within a suitable firm or organisation in Northern Ireland (it is the applicant's responsibility to find an office in which to complete the apprenticeship).

On successful completion of the training, the applicant may apply to be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland.

If you are requesting an exemption to any element of the above requirements, you must submit a covering letter (and any supplementary evidence) along with your application, clearly explaining your request(s) and rationale.

The Education Committee will consider each application and any exemption request on an individual basis.

If you have been admitted in England and Wales (via the SRA) or Republic of Ireland (via the Law Society of Ireland) and have held three recurring practicing certificates in said jurisdiction then you may be exempt from completing course requirements and/or apprenticeship. This will be assessed upon submission.


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