The JLD, with assistance from the SRA, have updated its Equivalent Means FAQs.
In July 2014, the SRA introduced a new route to qualification. ‘Equivalent means’ allows paralegals who have done the equivalent to the legal practice course, professional skills course, and training contract to qualify as a solicitor (hence it has been dubbed the ‘paralegal shortcut’). However, we have found that few of our members have submitted an application for this route, despite widespread interest. You can see an article that Max Harris, 2015 Chair of the Junior Lawyers Division, wrote about it .
Equivalent means has been perhaps the issue that the JLD has received the most queries about from our members in the past year. With the assistance of the SRA, we are delighted to announce that we have produced an FAQ document which can be used as a helpful starting point in understanding the process of applying.
You can also read a case study interview that we conducted with Marc May, a paralegal who recently qualified as a solicitor through the equivalent means route, for tips and further information on the application process.
If you have any further questions on equivalent means, please do contact the Junior Lawyer Division