How can I go about getting my hands on a Certificate of Academic Standing? I'm planning to apply for the GDL at several universities (CoL, Westminster, City) and need this document to show that my US degree is equivalent to a UK one. I've written SRA about this but they are taking their time getting back to me. Help?
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- 07-04-2011 08:13
- 23-04-2011 22:29
I'm a US student and have accepted my offer to City Law for the GDL and I had the same concerns before. I contacted the SRA and this is what they sent me:
To obtain a certificate of academic standing we will need to see the following documents:
- a certified true copy of your degree certificate
- a certified true copy of your degree transcript
These should be sent to Caseworking and Applications, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Ipsley Court, Berrington Close, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 0TD.
On satisfactory validation a certificate of academic standing will be issued and you will be eligible to commence the GDL.
Does that help?
- 24-04-2011 04:12
Perhaps you should apply for a "Statement of Comparability" issued by NARIC first. It costs lesser and you could be sure as to where your application stands prior to application for a Certificate of academic standing. For example, if UK NARIC were to certify your qualification as equivalent to British Bachelors (Ordinary) Degree standard or below, you would not be eligible for a Certificate of Academic Standing in respect of that qualification and it would therefore not be in your interest to apply as the application fee is non-refundable.
- 24-04-2011 04:28
9. Eligibility to attempt a Common Professional Examination
To be an eligible student a person must:
hold a degree (other than an honorary degree) conferred by an institution in England or Wales empowered by the Privy Council to award degrees or by a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or by the Council for National Academic Awards before its dissolution on 31 March 1993 or a licence awarded by the University College of Buckingham before that college was granted university status; or
hold a degree (other than an honorary degree) conferred by a university outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland which the SRA considers to be of a standard at least equivalent to that of a degree conferred by a university in the United Kingdom; or
be accepted by the SRA for admission as a mature student; the applicant for such acceptance must:
have had considerable experience or shown exceptional ability in an academic, professional, business or administrative field;
have attained the age of 25 years;
have attained such standard of general education as the SRA may consider sufficient;
have satisfied the SRA as to character and suitability to become a solicitor; and
have a good knowledge of written and spoken English; or
be a FILEX; or
be a Member of the Institute of Legal Executives who has 3 years qualifying employment; or
have attained the age of 25 years and hold such qualification in Magisterial Law awarded after successful completion of a relevant course as shall from time to time be recognised by the SRA; or
have attained such academic and vocational qualifications as the SRA considers to be equivalent to a first degree under sub-paragraph (i).
In exceptional circumstances the SRA may accept such other evidence of academic eligibility as it thinks fit in the case of a person who completes a course of study for a degree at an institution referred to in paragraph (1)(i) or (ii).
An applicant whose application has been refused under paragraph (1)(iii)(d) has the right under regulation 4 of the Solicitors' Admission Regulations to appeal to the High Court within three months of receiving notification of the SRA's decision.
Hope this helps.