Entry Requirements

Before study can be commenced on the programme students must provide documentary evidence of the required qualifications.



The minimum age for a Trainee Costs Lawyer with ACL Training is 18. The minimum level of qualification for a Trainee Costs Lawyer is as set out below, or equivalent.

To qualify as a Trainee Costs Lawyer you must have:

  1. Four GCSEs at grade C or above, English and Maths being compulsory; or
  2. Two A level passes and 1 GSCE level to include English; or
  3. Three AS level passes to include either English or Maths; or
  4. GNVQ at intermediate or advance level, provided a communications skills element is included; or
  5. Passed a written aptitude test set by the ACL.

If your first language is not English, or you have not studied your secondary education in English, you may need to demonstrate you have achieved a recognised English language qualification.

The minimum IELTS score required for entry to the programme is 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component. Please note, all applicants must be ordinarily domiciled in England and Wales or working permanently in England and Wales.

The ACL Training policy document on the entry requirements for the Costs Lawyer qualification can be found here