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Preparation Time and Planning

Preliminary Questions

When you first decide to take the QLTS assessments and dual-qualify as an English solicitor, you know what is generally involved – such as the MCT (multiple choice questions), the OSCE (practical legal assessments) and the areas of law and skills covered.

But when you start to look at the specifics of preparation – the logistics, time commitment and study schedule – several questions inevitably arise that will underpin your entire preparation effort:

  • How long does it take to prepare for the QLTS assessments?
  • How much time should I allow for study each day/week?
  • How can I get a structured study plan and the necessary study tools?
  • How can I be confident that what I am studying is really what is needed to pass?

Some Perspective

The equivalent of the MCT course content is often taught to domestic students through the qualifying law degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students with some pervasive subjects over the course of a year for the GDL, on a full-time academic basis.

The OSCE course material and assessment preparation can be compared to a one-year full-time Legal Practice Course (LPC), the current vocational training element of qualification for domestic candidates, which is followed by a two-year training contract.

So that’s at least two years’ study on a full-time basis – longer for part-time study.

A comprehensive review and preparation programme is therefore necessary to anchor knowledge in a broad set of topics and focus your efforts on studying all the topics covered in the assessments.

Preparation Factors to Consider

The reality is that you have to weigh up your own circumstances and factor in your current and past experience with English law in general and legal practice in particular to get an idea of how long you can and should commit to preparing for the QLTS. Some things to consider include:

  • What are your timelines?
  • Do you have employer support (such as time-off in the weeks before the assessments)?
  • How much time can you commit each week?
  • Are you qualified in a common law jurisdiction?
  • Do you have experience of English law?
  • How good is your English?
  • How do you learn?
  • What are your other commitments (work, family and hobbies)?

So How Much Time I Should Study?

While each candidate’s needs are different, we do know how much time other candidates spend, on average, to prepare for the QLTS assessments.

Most of our candidates give themselves 6-8 months to prepare for the assessments (both the MCT & OSCE). In fact, a typical timeline we see for many candidates is to commence study 3-5 months before the MCT, spending approximately 15 hours per week, then prepare for and attempt the OSCE assessment that immediately follows the MCT. Some candidates decide to spread their studies over a longer period of time, which could sometime be up to 8-9 months.

For the OSCE, we advise our candidates to study for approximately 15 to 20 hours per week over a 3 to 4 months of preparation period. Some candidates allow themselves more time to prepare for the OSCE assessments, which is typically up to 8 months.

This means that studying for the QLTS is a serious time commitment, which should not be taken lightly.

How We Can Help

We at QLTS School know what is needed to pass the assessments. We have developed a structured study programme so you can focus on your studies — not having to figure out on your own what or how to study.

We have trained thousands of lawyers for the QLTS assessments so far, and we know what it takes to study for the exams.

You will receive from us all the necessary study tools needed for success – textbooks, mock exams, video tutorials, online resources and extensive tutor support.

No other training provider can offer a similar level of instructional excellence and content quality.

Our courses are suitable for any lawyer from any background: whether you have little or extensive legal experience; whether English is your first or second language; and whether you work full-time or part-time.

Whatever your circumstances are, we’ll tailor-make your preparation and help you succeed in the QLTS assessments.

Method of Work

Preparation for the MCT and OSCE assessments consists of several stages:

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Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

We understand that as part of your research you want to make sure you are making the right decision when deciding whether and which QLTS training provider to use. So we encourage you to listen to what others have to say about our preparation courses.

We’ve put together a video with more than 25 our former candidates who share their tips for success and offer advice to future candidates preparing for the QLTS assessments. Here are the highlights:

  • Do not underestimate the exams and take the preparation very seriously – the syllabus is comprehensive and requires thorough preparation
  • Start your preparation as early as possible – allow yourself sufficient time to study
  • Do as many practice questions and mock exams as possible and use your tutor
  • Try to take the OSCE shortly after completing the MCT
  • Taking the QLTS assessments and becoming a dual-qualified English solicitor is a good investment which will undoubtedly benefit your legal career

Interacting with Past and Current QLTS Candidates

You can also communicate directly with our past candidates (and there are many of them) to learn how they prepared for the QLTS assessments.

Where to find them?

Join our QLTS LinkedIn Group with nearly 15,000 members, and connect with other candidates, ask questions and form your study group.

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Getting Started

Since the introduction of the QLTS in 2011, we’ve helped thousands of foreign lawyers prepare for the QLTS assessments, many of whom have been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales. We can help you achieve this goal too. Let’s get started.

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