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Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) notice regarding the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

How the SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Examination) may affect your qualifying journey.

Did you know that the SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Examination) has now been approved by the Legal Services Board? What does this mean? The Legal Services Board have agreed to move forward with the full introduction of the SQE. This new pathway to qualification will be introduced in September 2021 with the first available assessment SQE 1 sitting in November 2021. The first sitting for SQE 2 will take place in April 2022.

The SQE will be a rigorous assessment for all aspiring solicitors. It will replace all current routes to becoming a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales, including the QLTS scheme. This new pathway to qualification has now been approved by the Legal Services Board.

The SRA will allow candidates who have passed the multiple-choice test (MCT) time to finish qualifying via the QLTS scheme. However, the SRA has made it clear that this may not be possible for some candidates due to the time limits they have put in place. This means that a foreign qualified lawyer will need to consider the risk of not completing the QLTS scheme and having to switch streams to the SQE to become a Solicitor in England and Wales after 2021.
The final date for the QLTS MCT sitting has been confirmed by Kaplan to be 7th July 2021. Visit the Kaplan QLTS website for more information.
If you have passed the MCT only before 1st September 2021 – you can finish qualifying through the QLTS scheme and take the QLTS Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) up to the final date it will run. This information will be available through the Kaplan QLTS website. You can also switch to the SQE 2 as an alternative to the OSCE.
If you have been granted exemptions from the MCT before 1st September 2021 – You will have until July 2021 to sit and pass the QLTS OSCE to become a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. You can email with any questions.
If you have passed both the MCT and OSCE – you will need to meet the additional SRA requirements and apply for admission by 31st of August 2022.
What happens after 2021?
Foreign Qualified Lawyers will go through the SQE to become a Solicitor in England and Wales.
The SQE comprises of;
  • Having a degree or equivalent
  • Passing the SQE1 and SQE2
  • Completing two years of qualifying work experience (QLE)
  • Passing the SRA’s character and suitability tests
  • For a foreign qualified lawyer, however, the SRA offers guidance on their principles for admission which varies from the average SQE candidate. This can be found here.

    Contact us if you have any further queries at info@ltckent.co.uk or call us on 0330 088 8495.
    You can also email sqe@sra.org.uk for more information and clarification.

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    Exam Structure

    This is the second of the two assessments you must pass to complete your QLTS.

  • This course is taught online with access to resources and tutors.
  • Exams take place globally at designated test centres.
  • Unless you are granted an exemption, you must pass the MCT before taking the OSCE.
  • This course meets the needs of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which decides who can practice law in England and Wales. It has been designed by experts.
    Our learning objective: to give you the knowledge, preparation and confidence to pass your assessments and to put you decisively on the path to practicing law in England and Wales.

    Course fees for OSCE

    Fee structure applicable from January 2019
    Objective Structured Clinical Examination. This is the second of the two assessments you must pass to complete your QLTS. Unless you are granted an exemption, you must pass the MCT before taking the OSCE.

    What will I learn?

    You will learn the six practical legal skills that the OSCE assesses. These are:

  • Client interviews for each of the three practice areas below
  • Completion of attendance notes/case analysis for each of the three practice areas below
  • Advocacy/oral presentation for each of the three practice areas below
  • Legal drafting for each of the three practice areas below
  • Legal research for each of the three practice areas below
  • Legal writing for each of the three practice areas below
  • NALP-Level-4
    The skills you will learn are highly practical, for example:

  • The basis of English legal writing.
  • Making your point in English clearly and concisely.
  • Punctuation, grammar.
  • Handling numbers, citations and references.

  • You will also learn the OSCE’s three practice areas. Knowledge of these is essential. They are the law for:

  • Business
  • Property and Probate
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation.
  • Your tailored course options

    Our QLTS is taught in Standard and Plus packages.

    Plus gives expertise and personal support to students who want exam/assessment practice and who value unlimited tutor support.

    Standard is for those who are confident in their exam techniques but who need to specialist knowledge to pass the QLTS, which is comprised of two parts: MCT and OSCE.
    Our approach at Law Training Centre is to use a blend of learning. This means:

  • Expert tutors. We use lawyers to train lawyers.
  • Best possible online learning systems and resources.
  • Individual student plans.

  • Please note you may also be exempt from having to study certain topics within the OSCE. This will be decided by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). For more on how this works please see QLTS course requirements.

    What will I need before I get started?

    To study your online course, you will need the following:
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  • Webcam with 320 x 240 VGA resolution, either internal or external
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  • Operating System: Windows 7+ / macOS 10.11+ / Chrome 58+
  • Free RAM: 2GB
  • Processor: 2GHz Intel Pentium / Intel / ARM
  • Free disk space: 1GB
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