QLTS School’s preparation course for the OSCE rises to that challenge. Our course combines selected LPC books, practice area summaries, mock exams with suggested answers for self-assessment, video workshops, online resources, interactive tutorials, and one-to-one mock stations with personal feedback.
QLTS School’s Preparation Course
You will be tested on five skills:
- Advocacy/Oral Presentation
- Legal Writing
- Legal Drafting; and
- Online Legal Research
The skills are assessed through 15 simulated legal environments also known as OSCE ‘stations’, using different techniques, including actors as interviewed clients and professional legal databases and keyboard skills.
The OSCE assessment tests the skills in the context of three legal practice areas:
- Business Law
- Litigation (Civil and Criminal); and
- Property Law (Conveyancing, Wills and Probate)
You should be able to know and understand the relevant legal principles and foundation law, be able to explain those to the client using accurate and timely advice, know which documents to use and also to draft various documents yourself when needed.
We offer a hands-on preparation course programme for the OSCE assessment, featuring the following:
- Course Guide which covers the structure, methodology and marking criteria of the practical assessment, study guides, and test administration procedures, protocols and policies
- OSCE practice area summaries (about 200 pages in total) with the essential elements of the law on each of the legal practice areas
- 15 English writing tasks with specimen letters and commentary, which are intended to help you improve your English writing skills in a professional capacity
- 2,000+ digital flash cards covering the practice areas to help you reinforce your legal knowledge
- OSCE Video Library of 80+ online tutorials, spanning 20+ hours of lectures which cover the substantive and procedural law which you will be tested on in the OSCE assessment
- Suggested solutions to Kaplan sample questions to which no answer guides have been provided by Kaplan. The suggested solutions have been prepared by QLTS School’s tutors
- Up to 250 mock exams with suggested answers for self-assessment – covering all the legal areas and skills tested on the OSCE assessment. The mock exams provide ample opportunity for you to deepen your legal knowledge and hone your practical skills. Points to note or proposed submissions for each mock enable you to understand what is required of you and identify areas of development during your preparation. The scenarios cover a wide spectrum of the OSCE syllabus, with supporting documents to many of the questions, such as shareholders’ agreements, statements of claim, wills, lease extracts, defence statements, etc. Check these free OSCE mock exams
- Free periodic updates for the course materials
- Access to QLTS Skills Online – an interactive online tool with nearly 60 exercises and a 130-page textbook (available online)
- Legal Skills Video Workshops – more than 100 exclusive videos with role-play scenarios on client interviewing, advocacy and oral presentation, legal writing and drafting, legal research guides for using both Lexis and Westlaw, including expert tutor’s commentary and tips for success and summaries with key points (about 70 pages in total)
- An initial consultation a tailor-made study plan – shortly after your enrolment you will be asked to complete a questionnaire and provide details about your legal experience and qualifications. Your tutor will review the questionnaire prior to your initial consultation, following which you will receive a customised study plan, designed specifically to meet your personal needs and requirements
- Mock practice stations with one-to-one tutor feedback in client interviewing and in advocacy/oral presentation. The mock practice stations will be conducted via Skype, Facetime or telephone, and be personally marked by one of our tutors, who will provide you with feedback based on the SRA marking criteria
- Live OSCE Workshops delivered in London by an experienced skills trainer
Do I Need to Come to the UK to Take the Course?
Study anytime, anywhere: You do not need to come to the UK to take the course – you can prepare for the assessment from a variety of locations worldwide. The only element which will require your personal attendance are the live workshops in London, which are optional for additional fees.
Our candidates will be using during the course selected textbooks with access to online resources of Oxford University Press, covering the five areas of practice. The costs of the OUP books are £140 plus delivery.
What are the Course Requirements?
You must have access to the full, electronic version of Lexis Library and Westlaw. This is an essential component of the Online Legal Research module and assessment.
You can gain access either through your law firm, a local library or university. If none of these options is available to you, please contact us as we have made special arrangements with both Lexis and Westlaw to exclusively allow our candidates remote access to Lexis and Westlaw content.
The arrangements will enable you to access the content with your PC from anywhere in the world, at a reduced fee of £200 (VAT is not applicable) for each of the databases (£400 in total for LexisLibrary and Westlaw).
If you sign up for the Advantage or Premium Courses, you must also have Internet access as well as a Skype account, web camera and microphone for the online Interviewing and Advocacy mock stations with a tutor.