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Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) notice regarding the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)
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.
Foreign Qualified Lawyers will go through the SQE to become a Solicitor in England and Wales.
The SQE comprises of;
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QLTS Course Requirements
For further information, please see the SRA’s Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme exemptions page.
Eligible jurisdictions and prior legal qualifications
Day One Outcomes explainedOn the QLTS, you will learn what the SRA calls Day One Outcomes. These are what it considers fully qualified solicitors who practice in England and Wales need to know on their first day of work. These Day One Outcomes are assessed in the MCT and OCSE. They are:
Sample MCT question
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) assessment format
The OSCE’s three practice areas, knowledge of which students will also be tested on are:
For example, a student will need to be observed on their advocacy skills three times – one for each of the three practice areas. In each of the three times there will be an assessor who has been trained in the role of the client evaluating the candidate’s performance as an advocate purely on advocacy skills. However, in each of the three occasions there will also be a lawyer present who will also mark on advocacy skills AND knowledge of the law as applied to Business or Property and Probate of Civil and Criminal Litigation.
Practically, the OSCE is divided into 2 parts. Remember, each of the below happens three times – once for each practice area.
Part Two takes place on different days and at a different venue. However, candidates must take Parts One and Two at the same sitting.
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