Solicitors

The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authority listed below.

Competent Authority

The Law Society of Ireland is the professional body for solicitors and exercises statutory functions under the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2008 in relation to the education, admission, enrolment, discipline and regulation of the solicitors' profession.

Procedures required for qualifying to practice as a Solicitor in Ireland

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) is a conversion Test which enables lawyers qualified in certain countries outside Ireland, to qualify as solicitors in this jurisdiction. There are two sittings of the Test each year - usually Summer and Winter - at the Law Society.

Before entering for the QLTT examination, an applicant must first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the Law Society's Education Committee.

  • Further information can be obtained in the following link on the Law Society's website:  

Certificate of Eligibility 

Unless the Society otherwise determines, solicitors whose first place of qualification is England and Wales or Northern Ireland are not obliged to pass any subject in the QLTT. However, they need to complete a Certificate of Admission, more information can be found in the following link on the Law Society's website:

Certificate of Admission

Nationals of a Member State of the European Union who are qualified to practise as a lawyer in their home Member State may be able to register as a foreign qualified solicitor under the Establishment Directive (98/5/EC).

  • Find out more about the register of registered lawyers in the following link on the Law Society's website:

EU Registered Lawyers

Contact details

Please find  the relevant contact details for  the Law Society in the link  below.

Contact details