Birmingham Law Society organised the first alternative admission ceremony, 250 newly qualified solicitors and their family and friends were invited to celebrate their legal achievements at a drinks reception in October 2009. BLS will be repeating this event in October 2011.

The objectives of the event are to organise, congratulate and reward those trainee solicitors who completed their qualification process in Birmingham and the West Midlands, culminating in them becoming entitled to receive their Practicing Certificate from  the Law Society in London.

At present, all such newly qualified solicitors are obliged to travel to London to receive their formal certificate and it would seem that Birmingham Law Society is the first regional law society to hold a congratulatory event in the area in which the qualification was completed by these newly qualified solicitors.