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Making my application to become a Newcastle Practitioner

There are some core requirements for making an application to become a Newcastle Practitioner, others apply only to the Litigation and Advocacy rights.



Level 6 assessment in the area of law and practice that you are applying for (or equivalent) or five portfolios from your work to evidence your understanding
  • Five years working in the legal sector
  • At least two years in your specialist field
Demonstrate competence outlined in the competence framework for your specialist area




Chartered Legal Executive status for Litigation rights and Immigration rights


If you are looking to qualify as a Newcastle Practitioner in either one of the litigation rights or in immigration, you must also be a Chartered Legal Executive. You can complete the applications at the same time if you would like, but we cannot admit you as a practitioner in one of these rights until you are a Chartered Legal Executive .



Advocacy requirements for Litigation rights


To practise litigation as a Newcastle Practitioner you must also complete the advocacy requirements .



Completing the core requirements


The competence framework for your specialist area sets out the outcomes that you must demonstrate in order to be admitted as a Newcastle Practitioner. These are broken down into:


  1. Knowledge
  2. Experience
  3. Skills





This sets out the minimum academic requirements for becoming a Newcastle Practitioner. You can demonstrate these by:


  • Successful completion of the relevant Newcastle units
  • Holding an equivalent qualification
  • Five portfolios from your work to evidence your understanding


There is detailed guidance in the practitioner handbooks to help you provide us with enough information that we can assess your knowledge and application of the subject area.


Remember, if you are seeking authorisation in litigation or immigration, you must also meet the requirements to become a Chartered Legal Executive.





Everyone applying for admission as a Newcastle Practitioner has to complete three case outlines (explanations of cases they have worked on) to demonstrate their experience is the subject.


You must also outline your general experience of working in legal practice for at least five years and the nature of your experience in the two years preceding your application .





The skills section of the application process further divides into two parts:


  1. Client Care and Legal Research
  2. Demonstrating your competence in your specialist area of practice



Client Care and Legal Research


You can provide evidence of these skills in the following ways:


  • Newcastle Level 6 units in Client Care and Legal Research
  • Holding a qualifying law degree* and an LPC or BPTC
  • Holding an equivalent qualification that can be mapped to the skills outcomes
  • Completing log sheets and portfolio which demonstrate meeting the outcomes set out in the competence framework



Competence in your specialist area of practice


To meet this requirement, you must complete either:


  • A course of study which satisfies the competencies, or
  • Provide a logbook and portfolio which demonstrates meeting the outcomes in the competence framework


You must also provide details of two referees who have experience of your work and who can provide Newcastle Regulation with assurance of your competence.