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What is the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS)?

The QLTS is a fast-track route for qualified lawyers from all around the world, to qualify as English solicitors. The QLTS consists of two assessments which are administered by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in England and Wales.

What are the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Outcomes?

Under the QLTS, applicants are assessed against the SRA's Day One Outcomes. The QLTS assessments are based on exactly the same detailed Outcomes as are now set out for the Qualifying Law Degree, LPC, training contract and Professional Skills Course.

All non-EEA or Intra-UK QLTS applicants are required to sit the full suite of assessments. In addition, QLTS candidates are subject to the same character and suitability criteria as domestic candidates. A list of the SRA Day One Outcomes is available at the SRA website:

http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/qlts/day-one-outcomes-table.page

What is the QLTS format?

The assessments are in three parts: Part 1 is a multiple-choice test (MCT) that tests Day One Outcome A. Part 2 (OSCE) is a practical examination that tests the skills of Interviewing, Advocacy, Legal Research, Legal drafting and Legal Writing. The OSCE tests these skills in the context of three areas of practice: Business Law and Practice, Litigation (Civil and Criminal), and Property Law (Conveyancing, Wills and Probate). The MCT must be passed before the OSCE is attempted. 

What is the format of the Multiple Choice Test (MCT)?

The MCT is the first assessment of the QLTS which must be completed and passed by the candidate before s/he may proceed to the OSCE. The MCT is intended to test the candidate against Part A of the Day One Outcomes. The MCT is of 6 hours duration with 180 questions. The exam is divided into morning and afternoon periods of three hours each, with 90 questions in each period. Each question presents the candidate with a range of five possible answers. True/false answers are not permitted. The MCT tests knowledge and understanding of professional conduct, solicitors' accounts, financial regulation, taxation, property law, business law, torts, contract, the English legal system, equity and trusts, human rights and EU law.

What is the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)?

The OSCE is Part 2 of the QLTS assessment and is structured principally around the skills of Interviewing, Advocacy, Online Legal Research, Legal Drafting and Legal Writing. The OSCE runs across several days and is conducted in the context of the three legal practice areas: Business Law, Litigation (Civil and Criminal) and Property Law (Conveyancing, Wills and Probate). There is no limit on the number attempts you may take the OSCE.

Is there any experience requirement or training I should complete?

The QLTS removed the previous QLTT experience requirement and, instead, uses practical exercises as an objective way of assessing applicants' ability to practise in England and Wales. The SRA has drawn on the experience of comparable regulators, such as the General Medical Council and General Dental Council, which use objective structured clinical examinations (known as OSCEs) to test their candidates. 

How do I enrol for the course programme, the assessments, and as a solicitor with the SRA?

There are four separate steps that have to be taken:

1. Eligibility – make sure you hold the correct professional title in recognised jurisdiction by the SRA (self-check process)

2. Courses - if you wish to enrol for a QLTS course, sign up with QLTS School for the MCT or OSCE preparation courses

3. Assessments - register with Kaplan QLTS to sit the assessments (it is the sole assessment provider)

3. Admission - once you have passed the assessments, you may apply for admission as a solicitor to the SRA

I am a foreign qualified lawyer who has completed the LPC. Should I still take the QLTS?

You can take the Legal Practice Course (LPC) if you are eligible and feel that you wish to, but it is not a mandatory pre-requisite to sitting the QLTS assessments. You should also note that the LPC is a post-graduate course, and has its own set of educational requirements that must be met in order to be eligible to apply for that course. Taking the LPC itself does not qualify you as a solicitor. If you go down that route, you will also need to complete a 2 year training contract. The QLTS does not require this, and on successful completion of the QLTS assessments, you will be eligible to work as a qualified solicitor in England and Wales.

I have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) but not the LPC, can I get an exemption from the MCT?

The Multiple Choice Test (MCT) includes Outcomes which are not tested on the GDL. It is therefore necessary for GDL graduates to take the MCT.

What are the assessments rules?

There are several rules for the QLTS assessments:

• The MCT must be passed before the OSCE is attempted.

• There is no restriction on the number of assessment attempts you may take, nor a time limit for completing the two assessments within a certain time period

• Exemptions can only be granted by the SRA in certain circumstances (such as to EU or intra-UK lawyers).

• Candidates are not allowed to use any materials during the assessments


Eligibility

Are you eligible to take the QLTS assessments?

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) covers lawyers from a wide range of jurisdictions than under the previous QLTT. To be eligible to apply for admission as a solicitor, you must be a qualified lawyer from a recognised jurisdiction. Find out if your jurisdiction is on the list of recognised jurisdictions of the SRA. A qualified lawyer is a lawyer whose qualification gives the lawyer rights of audience, makes the lawyer an officer of the court in that jurisdiction is awarded as a result of a generalist (non-specialist) legal education and training, was not gained via a shortened or fast-track route to qualification, and has been gained in a recognised jurisdiction. 

Note that there are no formal requirements you need to comply with before you can take the QLTS assessments. You can simply contact the assessment provider and register to sit the assessments.

The requirementS as explained above should be met when you apply for admission as an English solicitor, not as a pre-requisite to take the QLTS assessments. 

What is a Certificate of Eligibility?

Until March 18 2015, candidates sitting the QLTS assessment had to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the SRA. The Certificate of Eligibility confirmed that a candidate was entitled to practise law in their home jurisdiction, and had no criminal record, disciplinary actions or other issues related to their background.

However, from March 18, 2015, candidates no longer need to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility to sit the QLTS assessments. This requirement has been removed by the SRA so candidates seeking to take the assessments can simply contact the assessment provider and register to take the assessments.

How do I contact the SRA to enquire about my eligibility?

The contact details of the SRA are as follows: The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Information Services, The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham B1 1RN, UK, Tel: Tel: + 44 (0) 121 329 6800 Email: pre-admission@sra.org.uk Website: http://www.sra.org.uk 

I am a foreign qualified lawyer who has completed the LPC. Can I get exemption from any parts of the QLTS assessments?

With effect from 15th July 2011 the Legal Services Board in the UK has approved changes to the QLTS Regulations that will enable the SRA to grant an exemption from the Part 1 (MCT) assessment to applicants who have passed the LPC. 

If you are an LPC graduate and are consequently claiming an exemption from the MCT this will need to be checked by the SRA. Please contact the SRA at pre-admission@sra.org.uk for further information. You will not be able to register with Kaplan QLTS until this process is complete.

Am I subject to an English language requirement?

No. The English language requirement was abolished by the SRA in March 2015 so candidates are not required to take any English language test before taking the QLTS assessments. However, you should ensure that your standard of written, spoken, reading, and listening English is appropriate for the assessment otherwise you are unlikely to pass it.

I have some doubts whether I meet the eligibility criteria due to some issues in my background. What should I do?

You will be subject to a full check on character and suitability when you apply for admission as a solicitor to the SRA (after completing the QLTS assessments).  This means that amongst other checks the SRA will require a certificate of good standing from your home bar/professional/regulatory body. If you are aware of anything which might prevent you from meeting the SRA requirements and would like an early check on any character and suitability issue you can apply to the SRA at pre-admission@sra.org.uk. Note it may take the SRA up to 6 months to assess your application.

I am not qualified as a lawyer yet in my home jurisdiction. Can I still take the QLTS assessments?

While the answer to this question is ‘Yes’, you should be aware that even if you pass the QLTS assessment you will not be entitled to be admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales unless you hold the correct professional qualification in a recognised jurisdiction and satisfy the SRA requirements as to character and suitability. It is therefore in your own interests to make these checks prior to embarking on the QLTS assessment.

I do not have a Certificate of Eligibility and I do not intend to apply for exemptions. Can I sign up for the assessments?

Yes, you do need to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility any more to sit the QLTS assessments. The SRA has removed this requirement from March 2015. Make sure first that you are entitled to seek admission as a solicitor of England and Wales via the QLTS. This means that you hold the correct professional qualification in a jurisdiction that the SRA recognises, and that you meet the SRA requirements as to character and suitability.  You will be subject to a full check on character and suitability when you apply for admission.  This means that amongst other checks we will require a certificate of good standing from your home bar/professional/regulatory body.


QLTS School's Training Courses

Why it is important to have an established course provider for the QLTS assessments?

Kaplan, the assessment provider, is not authorised by the SRA to provide preparation courses for the QLTS assessments. The scope of the material, however, is very comprehensive and similar to what expected from those lawyers being qualified through the domestic route in England. Therefore, it is essential that you prepare for the assessments with a course provider that understands your needs and will provide you with the right guidance, so that you can complete the assessments successfully.

What Kind of Training is Offered by QLTS School for the Assessments?

QLTS School offers the most comprehensive, affordable and flexible preparation courses for the QLTS assessments, which reflects the SRA's Day One Outcomes and the examiner's requirements. QLTS School's course enables you to study in your preferred environment, at your own pace, and at the most suitable and convenient time for you - whether at home, in the office or elsewhere. Our preparation courses for the MCT and OSCE are intended particularly for lawyers who are too busy to attend face-to-face lectures. The courses may save you time and reduce expenditure whilst at the same time retaining the advantages of our professional guidance and experience. Our QLTS training combines comprehensive and professionally written textbooks, video tutorials, web-based programme, and tutor support.

Do I need to come to the UK to take a course?

No, you can study anytime, anywhere, for any of the courses - the MCT or the OSCE. For the MCT, you will receive your textbooks and login details to the MCT Online Training System, so you can access the system from anywhere in the world. As for the OSCE, you can work on your personalised curriculum with the tutor from a variety of locations worldwide. Online practice questions and answers will be available through the virtual classroom, so you can assess your own development. Your mock skills assessments with the tutor will be conducted over a period of several months, at mutually agreed times. It is specifically tailored for working lawyers. The nature of the course promotes flexible learning. Candidates are able to practise the skills required whenever it suits them - making it ideal for distance or part-time learners.

I am a busy lawyer, who works many hours a day - will I be able to participate in your course programme?

QLTS School's course programme is tailored especially for busy lawyers who are short of time. It allows for maximum flexibility and may be adapted to the pace and time slots available to you.

What's your students’ success rate on the MCT?

The pass rate of our course takers is constantly over 80%. We have retained the services of a third party research firm to validate our pass rates - see more here

What is included in the MCT course?

When you register with us for the MCT course, you will receive the following:

• 11 Comprehensive textbooks covering all areas of practice required by the SRA in Outcomes A1-A11

• QLTS Course Handbook explaining the fundamentals of the QLTS assessments, structure of the course programme, suggested study guide and test administration procedures

• Revision notes summarising the key points and main legal principles on each subject

• More than 1,000 multiple choice practice questions, with detailed solutions

• 15 mock exams (90 questions each) that will enable you to test your progress and simulate a real test, with intermingled questions and a time limit similar to the formal test

• Free periodic updates for the course materials sent directly to your email

Study wherever and whenever you want - 24/7 - and benefit the ongoing support of our customer service team.

You may also have the option to purchase access to the MCT Video Library, 2 hours of tutor support and initial guidance and a customised study plan prepared by one of our tutors. 

How many MCT textbooks are included in the study package?

You will receive 11 textbook from us, covering the following subject areas:

1. English Legal System and EU Law

2. Constitutional Law and Judicial Review

3. Professional Conduct and Solicitors' Accounts

4. Financial Regulation, Money Laundering and Taxation

5. Contract Law

6. Torts

7. Criminal Law

8. Property Law

9. Equity and Trusts

10. Human Rights

11. Business Law

You will also receive our QLTS Course Handbook, explaining the fundamentals of the QLTS assessments, structure of the course programme, suggested study guide and test administration procedures, protocols and policies. All the books are updated on a regular basis.

 

What is the MCT Online Training System?

The MCT Online Training System is QLTS School's online portal where you can attempt multiple choice practice questions and mock tests, download revision notes and get updates for the textbooks. Folloiwng your registration for QLTS School's MCT course, we will provide you with your login details to access the MCT Online Training System. You can access the study portal from any computer with an online connection.

How many mock tests are available on the MCT Online Training System?

There are 15 mock tests which are available online, each with 90 multiple choice questions with detailed solutions. You have 3 hours to attempt a mock test, which is similar to the formal MCT. Feedback can be either given after you answered a question or upon completion of a mock test. You can attempt the mock tests as many times as you like, there is no limit on the number of times you can practise. Note that the formal MCT is a paper-based.

How are MCT mock tests put together? How do you ensure they are relevant to the questions in the formal MCT?

All MCT mock questions are drafted by legally trained individuals who are personally vetted by QLTS School management with extensive experience in the subject area. The MCT questions are quality checked by the senior tuition team. The nature of the QLTS assessments are such that a bank of previous test questions are neither available nor released from Kaplan or the SRA. Accordingly, the MCT questions are regularly revisited and modified where appropriate based on feedback from candidates who sat the assessments (and at the same time we ensure candidates maintain the integrity of the assessments). We are in constant communication with our candidates and seek feedback at every stage on all aspects of the preparation course so that we keep it up to date and relevant to the QLTS assessments. Having said that, we cannot guarantee that the mock tests will accurately reflect the type of questions in the formal MCT assessment. 

Does QLTS School make sure that the course materials are up-to-date?

Yes, we update our course materials on a frequent basis. Each time the law or one of the Outcome changes in a way that affects the syllabus, we issue an update. When you register with us, we will provide you with free updates for the course materials for 12 months after your registration. Updates are accessible online on our MCT Online Training System.

How much does the MCT course cost?

QLTS School offers three study packages for the MCT:

1. MCT Basic Course - GBP 890

2. MCT Advantage Course (Basic plus access to the MCT Video Library - GBP 1,190

3. MCT Premium Course (Advantage plus 2 hours of tutor support and initial guidance and a tailor-made study plan) - GBP 1,490

Delivery to: The United Kingdom (UK) – free / Europe (excluding the UK) – GBP 40 / North America – GBP 40 / Other destinations – GBP 90

How long does it take to receive my course materials?

Study packages are despatched by courier within 2 working days after receiving your application. Please allow the courier 2-8 working days to deliver your package.

I have a question related to the course materials - whom do I ask?

You may ask our experienced tutors (if you purchased the tutor support service) or supportive administrative staff any question that you have. They shall endeavor to respond as quickly as possible.

What makes QLTS School's OSCE courses unique?

We believe that studying for the OSCE assessment requires more than simply reading through textbooks or attending a course similar to what you were used to in your law degree studies. QLTS School course is therefore designed to bridge the gap between your academic study of the three legal practice areas, foundation subjects and legal skills which can only be gained through practising experience. We also aim to provide you with a good foundation for your early years of practice.

What is included in QLTS School's OSCE course?

QLTS School's preparation course for the OSCE includes the following:-

• Initial interview with one of our Senior Tutors to assess your experience and level of training and tuition required

• Detailed tailor-made study plan prepared by our Senior Tutor designed specifically to meet your personal needs and requirements

• OSCE Course Guide

• Expert guidance and direct contact with experienced tutors drawn from University Law Lecturers, as well as SRA External Examiners on The Legal Practice Course

• Exam-type practice questions and mock exams with points to note and answer guides for self-assessment

• Mock practice stations with personal tutor feedback on each of the five heads of the assessment. Each mock test is marked by one of our senior tutors who will provide you with substantive feedback based on the SRA marking criteria.

• Response to general academic enquiries

• Networking opportunities with other examinees and online peer review during the practical assessment.

Our candidates will be using during the course selected LPC and skills textbooks of Oxford University Press, with access to online resources including video and audio lectures and interactive tutorials.

We also offer access to QLTS Skills Online, an innovative and interactive tool to prepare for the OSCE assessment.

Why do I need LPC textbooks for the OSCE?

The criteria for the OSCE assessment were derived by the SRA from the Legal Practice Course (LPC) modules of legal research, drafting, writing, interviewing and advocacy. The Oxford University Press LPC textbooks are extremely well-written and comprehensive, and provide supplementary materials online. After careful consideration, QLTS School considered that these textbooks are more than sufficient to prepare candidates for the OSCE element of the QLTS assessments. Of course, we have to stress that OSCE is a practical assessment, which cannot be adequately prepared for simply through reading.

Who is going to guide me when I sign up for the OSCE course?

When you sign up for our OSCE course, you will have benefit from the most personalised preparation course available with an expert tutor guiding you from day one through a programme customised especially for your particular needs and goals. All our expert tutors are drawn from Senior University Law Lecturers as well as Lead SRA External Examiners on The Legal Practice Course. With this unique approach, you and your tutor can develop a specifically-tailored study plan to suit your strengths and weaknesses and personal circumstances.

Is QLTS School able to offer customised support packages, for example getting more tutor hours?

We don't have a standard package, because there is no standard candidate! The OSCE packages include materials such as the LPC textbooks, but because your practical research skills are assessed, and oral examinations assess the interviewing and advocacy components, you cannot prepare yourself adequately by locking yourself away and memorising a textbook. Because each candidate will have different circumstances, including legal experience and knowledge (in and out of English law), and exposure to the interviewing, research and advocacy skills assessed by OSCE assessment, each candidate will have a discussion with our senior tutor before commencing the OSCE courses. We can determine the requirements of each candidate and tailor the course and tutor support accordingly. If it is agreed that additional tutor hours are required, because a candidate has a particularly intensive support requirement, these will be individually negotiated.

How long do I need to prepare for the MCT and OSCE modules and how many hours of study per week do you recommend?

It is difficult to provide a blanket answer to this question. Each candidate's circumstances are different, and their method of study, experience and knowledge of English law and general ability will determine the time it takes for them to adequately prepare for each element of the QLTS assessments. As a general guide, however, we recommend that you begin your preparation for the MCT as soon as possible, at least 3-5 months in advance. Devote as much time as you feel will progress your preparation. We would recommend an average of 10 hours a week. That said, some candidates progress adequately with less time put in, whilst others require more. The advantage of the QLTS School preparation course is its flexibility. You can study at your own pace and according to your own family, work and social calendar. As for the OSCE assessment, based on candidates' experience, it is recommended to spend at least 10-12 weeks in preparation for the practical assessment.

Does QLTS School offer customised training for intra-UK lawyers, such as Irish and Scottish solicitors, or English barristers?

Scottish and Irish solicitors as well as fully-qualified barristers of England and Wales are exempt from some elements of the MCT: Barristers of England and Wales - need to pass Professional Conduct, Solicitors' Accounts, the Regulatory Framework, Financial Regulation, Money Laundering, Taxation and Business Law.- Solicitors in Scotland - need to pass the English Legal System, European Union Law, Professional Conduct, Solicitors' Accounts, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Equity and Trusts.- Solicitors of Republic of Ireland - need to pass Property Law only. Those Intra-UK applicants are entitled to a discount in their MCT course fees, as described below:

  • English barristers – GBP 490 (textbooks, practice questions, revision notes and mock tests)
  • Scottish solicitors – GBP 590 (textbooks, practice questions, revision notes and mock tests)
  • Irish solicitors – GBP 390 (special package with the Property Law textbook, revision notes and 200 multiple choice questions similar to the formal test).

How can i get access to Lexis and Westlaw?

We have made special arrangements with both Lexis and Westlaw to the benefit of our OSCE candidates, exclusively allowing them to access the full content of Lexis and Westlaw remotely via their own PC from wherever they are in the world - no need to go or travel to any library anymore. The purpose of the access to the content is to fulfil the legal research requirement of the OSCE assessment, as required by Kaplan and the SRA. You do not need to have access to Lexis and Westlaw to prepare for the MCT. 

How can I get in touch with other QLTS School candidates who prepare for the assessments?

QLTS School maintains a LinkedIn Group known as the 'QLTS Network'. The group has over 9,000 members. We invite you to join the group (you must be a LinkedIn member) - simply visit the 'QLTS Network' page on this website and request to join the group (see tab menu). You may then form your own study groups, gain knowledge from QLTS School experts and interact with other lawyers preparing and taking the QLTS assessments.

What is QLTS Skills Online?

QLTS Skills Online is a great support tool for learning the skills required on the OSCE assessment. A short book available to download online which accompanies this online resource introduces candidates to the concepts behind the skills while a series of online interactive exercises, some featuring video and audio material, offer candidates a way to practise the skills required, preparing them for the mock stations and formal assessment.

Covering legal writing and drafting, advocacy, interviewing, and legal research, QLTS Skills Online provides everything that the OSCE candidate needs to know. Candidates are also given the chance to put the skills into practice in a realistic case study.

QLTS Skills Online is included in the OSCE Advantage and Premium courses as standard. 


Taking the Assessments

Which organisation provides the assessments?

The assessments are administered by a sole assessment provider, Kaplan QLTS that has been appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The assessments provider is not allowed to offer preparation courses for the assessments. Registration to sit the assessments should be made directly with the assessment provider.

How long does it take to get the assessment results?

Your results will be sent to you in writing approximately 12 - 14 weeks after the assessment date. In addition generic feedback will be posted on Kaplan website.

Can I take all the assessments at the same sitting?

No. You must first pass the MCT before attempting the OSCE assessment. 

Where can I take the QLTS assessments?

At this point, the two elements of the QLTS (MCT and OSCE) are offered in the UK only. 

If I fail an assessment, will I have to re-sit all of the assessments?

No. You shall be required to re-sit only the specific assessment that you have failed.

Is it possible to get exemptions from the MCT and OSCE?

Generally, no. There are extremely limited circumstances in which the SRA will grant exemptions to any of the course modules. Application made by lawyers qualified in the European Economic Area, UK or Switzerland will be assessed individually. However, the SRA can grant exemption from the MCT assessment to applicants who have passed the LPC. This does not apply to the OSCE. Scottish and Irish solicitors as well as fully-qualified barristers of England and Wales are exempt from some elements of the MCT: Barristers of England and Wales - need to pass Professional Conduct, Solicitors' Accounts, the Regulatory Framework, Financial Regulation, Money Laundering, Taxation and Business Law. Solicitors in Scotland-need to pass the English Legal System, European Union Law, Professional Conduct, Solicitors' Accounts, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Equity and Trusts. Solicitors of Republic of Ireland - need to pass Property Law only. Where exemptions from some elements of the MCT are permitted, QLTS School will of course discount the MCT preparation course.

Are there any exemptions available to EU and intra-UK applicants?

EEA, Northern Irish and Scottish lawyers, and barristers qualified in England and Wales will be individually assessed against the Day One Outcomes. If you are an EEA national but are not fully qualified in your own jurisdiction, you cannot apply for admission via the QLTS. However, following the judgment in Morgenbesser v Consiglio dell'Ordine degli avvocati di Genova (Case C-313/01, 13 November 2003), you can apply to the SRA to assess the equivalence of your qualifications. Please contact the SRA for further advice.

How many attempts are allowed for the MCT?

There is no restriction on the number of assessment attempts you may take, nor a time limit for completing the two assessments within a certain time period

I have physical disability. Will I have special arrangements to sit the assessments?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Day One Outcomes are competence standards. These are the standards which all candidates must achieve to demonstrate their ability to practise. All candidates must be assessed against the competence standards but reasonable adjustments will be made to the way the standards are assessed to ensure that candidates are not disadvantaged as a result of a disability and/or special need. Candidates who wish to make a request for reasonable adjustments to assessment arrangements for any part of the QLTS assessment so as to accommodate disabilities and/or special needs should send full details of those disabilities and/or special needs together with supporting medical or other evidence to the Kaplan QLTS at least 8 weeks before the assessment date.

I have exemptions from some elements of the MCT and OSCE. Will I have special arrangements to take the assessments?

If you are exempt from one or more elements of the MCT or OSCE, you should let the assessment provider know about it. The assessment provider will make special arrangements that you take only the elements you are required to. No discount on the exam fees will be offered in such circumstances.

What is the pass mark of the MCT?

The MCT will be marked using an optical scanner. Before and after each use, checks will be carried out using calibration response sheets to ensure that the machinery is working correctly. Correct responses will receive marks; no marks will be deducted for incorrect responses. Multiple answers will not be counted. The mark for the two parts of the MCT will be aggregated to derive the overall mark. The pass mark will be determined by a ¡®Standard Setting Panel¡¯ convened by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) based on the Angoff method. This panel will include the SRA external examiners. This standard setting group of solicitors is convened by the SRA to decide, based on the individual questions on the paper, what score differentiates somebody who can be considered to have just reached the standard of a newly qualified solicitor in England and Wales from somebody who has not reached this standard. In reaching this judgment the group will consider competency as defined in the SRA Day One Outcomes and in the draft narrative description attached. For the avoidance of doubt this draft narrative description is itself derived from the SRA Day One Outcomes. A correction will be made for error measurement in the test using standard psychometric procedures (SEm). In this way a pass mark which is empirically justified is established. Following the examination the MCT will be reviewed statistically to confirm its reliability (co-efficient alpha) and accuracy (SEm). Equality impact assessments will be conducted as appropriate. The operation and marking of the MCT will be subject to review by the external examiners appointed by the SRA.

 

What is the structure of the OSCE?

The OSCE covers the three legal practice areas of Business Law, Litigation (Criminal and Civil), and Property Law (Conveyancing, Wills and Probate). For each of these practice areas candidates will be required to undertake two assessed exercises or stations as follows: Station 1: Client interview and completion of attendance note. Station 2: Advocacy/oral presentation exercise. An assessor who has been trained in playing the role of the client will assess the client interview. The attendance note will be marked by a solicitor. The advocacy/oral presentation will be assessed during the submission/presentation by a solicitor acting as the decision maker. As for the technical skills, there will be three exercises for each of the three practice areas: Assessed Exercise 1: On-line legal research Assessed Exercise 2: Legal writing Assessed Exercise 3: Legal drafting. The exercises will be marked by qualified solicitors according to the SRA criteria and informed by competency as defined in the SRA Day One Outcomes and the draft narrative description attached which is itself derived from these Day One Outcomes.

What is the pass mark of the OSCE?

In order to pass the OSCE candidates must obtain the overall pass mark for the OSCE. Law and skills will be weighted equally. The interview and attendance note will be weighted equally. The pass mark will be set using the borderline group method. In essence an overall view is taken of whether or not a candidate reaches the standard of a newly qualified solicitor in England and Wales. The mark of those candidates who are judged borderline is then used to determine the pass mark. A correction will be made for error measurement in the test using standard psychometric procedures (SEm). In this way a pass mark which is empirically justified is established. Following the examination the OSCE will be reviewed statistically to confirm its reliability (co-efficient alpha) and accuracy (SEm). Equality impact assessments will be conducted as appropriate. The marking of the OSCE will be subject to review by External Examiners appointed by the SRA.

How long does it usually take to complete the qualification process, from start to end?

It depends of course on the individual's circumstances, however, providing you have allowed several months to prepare for each element of the assessment and have passed the assessments on your first attempt, you can qualify as an English solicitor within 6-9 months.

Is there a specific time period to complete the MCT and OSCE?

No, there is no such time limit for completing the two assessments within a certain time period.

I am qualified in an EU country. How do I apply for exemptions?

You will need to complete the QLTS 1 application form and submit this to the SRA with the completed relevant assessment table and supporting evidence.  A fee of £400 is payable with the application.  The application form may be obtained by emailing pre-admission@sra.org.uk

You will not be able to register with Kaplan QLTS until this process has been completed and your exemptions have been assessed.


 

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