Important Update - Training places 2020

Optional flexible start date for the apprenticeship intake starting in the autumn of 2020

The Society is keen to ensure that as many training places as possible are filled this year.

In order to give firms the maximum flexibility to consider taking on an apprentice the Council of the Society has agreed (for the 2020 intake only) to allow Masters and firms to choose the date (between 12 October 2020 and 31 December 2020) on which their trainees shall start their apprenticeship. 

The contract shall still be for a fixed term of two years.

This will provide further flexibility and encourage firms to take on a trainee by allowing a greater degree of certainty for firms making important investment decisions in themselves and in their trainees.

It is hoped that a somewhat greater degree of normality will have returned to the profession later in the autumn, thereby giving greater opportunities for training later in the year.  

This may also allow some further time for firms to surmount the difficulties faced immediately following the end of the furlough scheme (31 October 2020).

The closing date for registration remains Wednesday 30 September 2020 for all contracts irrespective of their start date.

The apprenticeship will run for a fixed term of two years from the date of the commencement given in the contract.  The commencement date must be inserted in the contract when the apprenticeship papers are lodged with the Society.

The relevant dates are set out in the table below.


Closing Date for Registration of Apprenticeship papers with the Society

Wednesday 30 September 2020

Apprencticeship start date (Two Year Fixed Term Contract which will start on the Commencement date specified in the contract/Indentures)

Commencement Date for the two-year fixed term apprenticeship to be no later than 31 December 2020

Any date between Monday 12 October and Thursday 31 December 2020 (To suit Master/ Firm)

Commencement Date for the apprenticeship must be inserted in Apprencticeship Contract when it is lodged with the Society

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On-line Application Form 2020

Click here to download the guidance on completing the on-line application form 2020. 

The online application process for the Solicitor Course and the Barrister Course at IPLS will open at midday on Monday 7th September 2020.  Click here to apply online. 

The early application fee is £230 for applications received from midday on 7th September to midday on 12th October and the full application fee is £320 for applications received from midday on 12th October to the closing date at midday on 16th November.  The early application fee will only be available if the payment is made before midday on Monday, 12th October 2020.


Information Booklet for Applicants 2021

Click here to download the Information Booklet for Applicants 2021.


Tuition Fees

Click here to download the IPLS Tuition Fees.  


Admissions Test Past Papers

Past papers from the last four years of the Admissions test are available here.


Equal Opportunities Form

After completing the on-line applicant process, please download the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form‌, complete the form and return it to IPLS in the post.


Please contact IPLS if you have any queries.