Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) replaced by SQE

SQE And QLTS Updates

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

26/03/21: The SQE has been approved by the Legal Services Board and will replace all current routes to becoming a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales – including the QLTS scheme. The SQE will create a single, national licensing examination to ensure consistency in achievement of the high standards of the assessment.

The new SQE pathway to qualification will be introduced in September 2021, with the first available SQE 1 assessment sitting in November 2021. The first sitting for the SQE 2 assessment will take place in April 2022.

Please note: Law training Centre are no longer accepting enrolments onto our MCT or OSCE courses. To continue your qualification journey with Law Training Centre, we encourage you to read more about our SQE1 Prep and SQE2 Prep courses. If you would like to speak to one of our dedicated team to discuss your options and any exemptions that you may qualify for, please contact us:


or call us on 0330 088 8495

For foreign qualified lawyers, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) offers specific guidance on their principles for admission, which varies from the average SQE candidate. You can also email sqe@sra.org.uk for more information and clarification.


Transitional Arrangements

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 and limited number of exam places. To read more about the arrangements and how they will affect you, visit the SRA’s website detailing the transition to SQE.

QLTS prices and what you will get


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 specialist knowledge to pass the QLTS, which is comprised of two parts: MCT and OSCE.
Fee structure applicable from January 2019


Multiple Choice Test. This is the first of the two assessments you must pass to complete your QLTS.


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.

Our MCT and OSCE support and resources, covering each assessment area

Prepared by expert solicitors with years of experience delivering the QLTS assessments, LTC’s extensive resources meet all of SRA’s assessment topics and are an invaluable tool to guide you through the MCT and OSCE assessments.

Course Summary

how the MCT and OSCE work plus hints and tips on how to get the most from the courses.

Free Oxford University Press manual

covering each assessment area.

Online training system

with thousands of MCT practice questions covering each assessment area. Study where and when you want to. Each assessment area has its own resources – work through them with no need to worry that you’re missing a vital topic.

Over 30 mock MCT tests,

pre-recorded lectures + information banks covering each subject. Videos to watch on computer, iPad, iPhone or Android.

Over 100 mock OCSE tests

in accordance with SRA specifications.

Unlimited tutor support

for those who have the Plus Option with a personalised study plan/approach, personalised feedback and personalised progress reports. Our motto is that we offer training for lawyers by lawyers. All our tutors have excellent academic and successful practical backgrounds.

Tailored feedback and action plans on the three practice areas demanded for the OCSE:

Business, Property and Probate, Civil and Criminal Litigation. Also: notes, manuals and videos on these areas.

Tailored feedback and action plans on the six skills demanded for the OCSE:

client interview, completion of attendance notes/case analysis, advocacy/oral presentation, legal drafting, legal research, legal writing. There are videos and notes for each skill. You’ll be shown what to do and what to avoid then you try each out skill with a tutor to guide you if you’ve chosen the Plus option. Also: notes, manuals and videos on these skills.

Revision notes/key-point-summaries.

NUS student discount card

available for purchase.

Free access to Practical Law by Thomson Reuters.

The world-class online legal know-how service that provides rigorous peer reviewed resources, such as practice notes, current awareness, standard forms, checklists and global guides.

QLTS Course Requirements

For the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to accept an overseas lawyer as qualified to practice law in England and Wales, the following conditions must be met.
You will need to have passed the MCT and OSCE unless you have been granted an exemption for either or for part of one.
You need to be a qualified lawyer with rights of audience and have the status of officer of court in the jurisdiction in which you have qualified. Your existing qualification must have been awarded as part of a non-specialist/all-round legal education and training. This jurisdiction will need to be recognised by the SRA. Please see the list below.
Furthermore, the jurisdiction in which you are already legally qualified will need to have an ethical code whereby qualified lawyers are required to act without conflict of interest and to respect their clients’ interests and confidentiality, and where there are sanctions for breach of that code including removal of the right to practice.
You’ll need to have at least the equivalent of an English or Welsh Bachelor’s degree.
You will need to meet the SRA’s requirements for character and suitability. If you want to know whether you do so, please download and complete this file and send it to the address at the bottom of the document.
English language requirements. Please ensure your standard of written, spoken, reading and listening English meets the need of the MCT and OSCE assessments otherwise you are unlikely to pass.

Please note, you do not have to prove points 2 to 5 above before studying for the MCT and OSCE. However, you do need to prove points 2 to 5 before being granted permission by the SRA to practice law as a solicitor.


You can apply for exemptions to the QLTS qualifications (MCT and OSCE) if you are:

  • An LPC graduate in English and Welsh law
  • Solicitor/advocate of Scotland
  • Qualified barrister of England and Wales
  • Solicitor or barrister of Northern Ireland
  • Solicitor of Republic of Ireland
  • EU, EAA, Swiss qualified lawyer
  • However, we advise you to get in touch with the SRA as they are the only ones who can formally confirm which assessments (i.e. MCT or OCSE) need to be completed and from which you may be exempt. We can provide advice, of course, but the final confirmation and responsibility is that of the SRA to confirm assessment exemptions.

    For further information, please see the SRA’s Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme exemptions page.

    There are now no restrictions on the number of times you can sit the MCT and OSCE assessments, or for how long you have been studying them. If you have passed the MCT but have failed the QLTS assessment overall, you may sit the OSCE again without retaking the MCT.

    Those who hold the SRA Certificate of Eligibility from before 18 March 2015 may register for the assessments with the assessment provider Kaplan in the usual way.

    Any exemptions granted by the certificate remain valid.

    If you do not possess a certificate, you can sign up with the assessment provider Kaplan to sit their assessments.

    Your obligation to meet the requirements of the SRA Suitability Test is ongoing.

    The SRA will not refund fees for certificates already issued.

    Eligible jurisdictions and prior legal qualifications

    The following countries and qualified occupational statuses are ruled by the SRA as meeting one of the conditions for its QLTS requirements:
  • Albania: Avokat
  • Algeria: Avocat
  • Antigua and Barbuda: Attorney at Law
  • Argentina: Abogado/a
  • Armenia: Advocate
  • Australia: Lawyer
  • Austria: Rechtsanwalt
  • Bangladesh: Advocate
  • Belarus: Advakat
  • Belgium: Avocat/Advocaat/ Rechtsanwalt
  • Bermuda: Barrister/Advocate
  • Bolivia: Abogado
  • Republic of Botswana: Legal Practitioner
  • Brazil: Advogado
  • Bulgaria: Адвокат (Advocat)
  • Burundi: Advocate
  • Cameroon Republic: Advocate/Solicitor
  • Canada – Quebec: Advocate/Attorney
  • Canada – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Province of Ontario, Yukon: Barrister/Solicitor
  • Canada – Prince Edward Island: Barrister/Solicitor/Attorney
  • Canada – Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan: Lawyer
  • Chile: Lawyer/Abogado
  • People’s Republic of China: Lawyer
  • Colombia: Abogado
  • Croatia: Odvjetnik/Odvjetnica
  • Cyprus: Δικηγόρος (Dikegoros)
  • Czech Republic: Advokát
  • Denmark: Advokat
  • Dominican Republic: Lawyer
  • Ecuador: Abogado
  • Egypt: Lawyer
  • England and Wales: Barrister
  • Estonia: Vandeaddvokaat
  • Finland: Asianajaja Advokat/Luvan saanut oikeudenkayntiavustaja/ Rattegangsbitrade med tillstand
  • Fiji: Barrister/Solicitor
  • France: Avocat/Avocat aux Conseils/Notaire
  • Georgia: Advocate
  • Germany: Rechtsanwalt
  • Ghana: Lawyer
  • Gibraltar: Solicitor/Barrister
  • Greece: Δικηγόρος (Dikegoros)
  • Grenada: Attorney-at-Law
  • Hong Kong: Solicitor/Barrister
  • Hungary: Ügyvéd
  • Iceland: lögmaður
  • India: Advocate
  • Indonesia: Advocate
  • Iran: Attorney-at-Law
  • Iraq: Lawyer
  • Jersey: Solicitor of the Royal Court of Jersey/Advocate
  • Kurdistan (Region of Iraq): Lawyer
  • Ireland: Solicitor/Barrister – please see Exemptions page
  • Isle of Man: Manx Advocate
  • Israel: Advocate
  • Italy: Avvocato
  • Jamaica: Attorney at Law
  • Japan: Bengoshi
  • Jordan: Lawyer
  • Kazakhstan: Advocate
  • Kenya: Advocate
  • Korean Republic: Lawyer
  • Kuwait: Lawyer
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Advocate
  • Latvia: Zvērināts advokāts
  • Lebanon: Lawyer
  • Lichtenstein: Rechtsanwalt
  • Lithuania: Advokatas
  • Luxembourg: Avocat
  • Macau Special Administrative Region: Advogado
  • Malawi: Legal Practitioner
  • Malaysia (West): Advocate Solicitor
  • Malta: Avukat Prokuratur Legali
  • Mauritius: Barrister/Advocate
  • Mexico: Lawyer (Cedula Profesional)
  • Moldova: Lawyer from the Republic of Moldova
  • Montenegro: Advocate
  • Montserrat: Attorney at Law
  • Morocco (applicants must be registered with the Casablanca Bar): Avocat
  • Namibia: Legal practitioner
  • Nepal: Adhivakta
  • Netherlands: Advocaat Notaris/Kandidaat Notaris
  • New Zealand: Solicitor/Barrister
  • Nigeria: Solicitor/Advocate
  • Northern Ireland: Solicitor/Barrister – please see Exemptions page
  • Norway: Advokat
  • Oman: Lawyer
  • Pakistan: Advocate Simplicitor/Advocate of the High Courts/Advocate of Supreme Court
  • Palestinian Territories: Lawyer
  • Panama: Abogado
  • Paraguay: Abogado
  • Peru: Abogado
  • Philippines: Attorney/Counsellor at Law
  • Poland: Adwokat Radca Prawny
  • Portugal: Advogado
  • Puerto Rico: Lawyer
  • Romania: Avocat/Consilier Juridic
  • Russian Federation: aдвокат (Advocate)
  • Rwanda: Advocate
  • Saudi Arabia: Lawyer
  • Scotland: Solicitor/Advocate
  • Serbia: Advocate
  • Sierra Leone: Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of Sierra Leone
  • Singapore: Advocate/Solicitor
  • Slovakia: Advokát
  • Slovenia: Odvetnik
  • South Africa: Advocate/Attorney
  • Spain: Abogado/Advocat/ Avogado/Abokatu/Procurador
  • Sri Lanka: Attorney at law
  • Sudan: Advocate/Lawyer
  • Sweden: Advokat/Jurists holding the Juristexamen
  • Switzerland: Avocat/Rechtsanwalt
  • Taiwan: Attorney
  • Tanzania: Advocate
  • Thailand: Litigator
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Attorney at Law
  • Tunisia: Avocat
  • Turkey: Avukat
  • Uganda: Advocate
  • Ukraine: Advocate
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE): Lawyer
  • USA – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington DC: Attorney
  • USA – Arizona, Arkansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington state: Attorney at Law
  • USA – Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York State, Virginia: Attorney/Counsellor at Law
  • USA – Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin: Attorney/Lawyer
  • USA – California, Hawaii, Maine: Lawyer
  • USA – Montana: Licensed Attorney
  • Uruguay (applicants must be registered with the Uruguayan Bar Association): Lawyer
  • Uzbekistan: Advocate
  • Venezuela: Abogado
  • Vietnam: Lawyer
  • Zambia: Legal Practitioner
  • Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe
  • Topics assessed

    Day One Outcomes explained

    On 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:
  • The jurisdiction, authority and procedures of the legal institutions and professions that initiate, develop, interpret and apply the law of England and Wales and the European Union.
  • Applicable constitutional law and judicial review processes.
  • The rules of professional conduct, including the SRA Accounts Rules.
  • The regulatory and fiscal frameworks within which business, legal and financial services transactions are conducted.
  • Understanding of Contract law, Torts, Criminal Law and Property Law.
  • Understanding of Equitable Rights and Obligations.
  • Understanding of Human Rights.
  • Understanding of the laws applicable to business structures and the concept of legal personality.
  • The ability to:

  • Review, consolidate, extend and apply knowledge and understanding.
  • Frame appropriate questions to identify clients’ problems and objectives, and to obtain relevant information.
  • Evaluate information, arguments, assumptions and concepts.
  • Identify a range of solutions.
  • Evaluate the merits and risks of solutions.
  • Communicate information, ideas, problems and problems and solutions to clients, colleagues and other professionals.
  • Initiate and progress projects.
  • The ability to:

  • Establish business structures and transfer businesses.
  • Seek resolution of civil and criminal matters.
  • Establish and transfer proprietary rights and interests.
  • Obtain a grant of probate and administer an estate.
  • Draft legal documentation to facilitate the above transactions and matters.
  • Plan and progress transactions and matters expeditiously and with propriety.
  • Knowledge of the legal services market.
  • Knowledge of commercial factors affecting legal practice.
  • Ability to undertake factual and legal research using paper and electronic media.
  • Knowledge to use technology to store, retrieve and analyse information.
  • Knowledge to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with clients, colleagues and other professionals.
  • Ability to advocate a case on behalf of a client.
  • Ability to exercise solicitors’ rights of audience.
  • Ability to recognise clients’ financial, commercial and personal priorities and constraints.
  • Ability to exercise effective client relationship management skills.
  • Ability to act appropriately if a client is dissatisfied with advice or services provided.
  • Ability to:

  • Recognise personal and professional strengths and weaknesses.
  • Identify the limits of personal knowledge and skills.
  • Develop strategies to enhance professional performance.
  • Manage personal workload.
  • Employ risk management skills.
  • Manage efficiently, effectively and concurrently a number of client matters.
  • Work effectively as a team-member.
  • Knowledge of the values and principles upon which the rules of professional conduct have been developed.
  • Ability to behave professionally and with integrity.
  • Ability to identify issues of culture, disability and diversity.
  • Ability to respond appropriately and effectively to the above issues in dealings with clients, colleagues and others from a range of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to recognise and resolve ethical dilemmas.
  • Sample MCT question

    A boy took a mobile phone from one of the girls in his school. He approached her and her group of friends and said, “Give me your phone.” She refused. The boy then raised his voice and said, “Give me your phone or I will stab you with a knife.” She handed her phone to the boy who ran away with it.
    Which of the following best explains whether the boy is guilty of robbery?
    He is not guilty of robbery because, although he stole the phone and he threatened force to do so, no actual force was used by him to steal it.
    He is not guilty of robbery because, although his intention was to steal the phone and he threatened force to do so, he did not steal the phone because the
    He is not guilty of robbery because, although he took the phone and threatened force to do so, he was not dishonest because he did not deceive the girl.
    He is guilty of robbery because he stole the phone and used a weapon to steal it.
    He is guilty of robbery because he stole the phone and threatened force immediately before and in order to steal the phone.

    More information about MCT

    OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) assessment format

    The OSCE assesses six practical legal skills. 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.

  • The OSCE’s three practice areas, knowledge of which students will also be tested on are:
  • Business.
  • Property and Probate.
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation.
  • The OSCE assessments are not like university exams. They use multiple-choice-question-based assessments alongside practical tests, so candidates will be assessed on two or more outcomes at once.

    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 One

    Client interview:
    Minutes: Preparation
    Minutes: Client interview
    Completion of attendance note/case analysis:
    Advocacy/oral presentation:
    Minutes: Preparation
    Minutes: Presentation

    Part Two

    Legal drafting:
    Legal research:
    Legal writing:
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    More information about OSCE

    The actual OCSE assessment is administered by Kaplan who envisage that candidates will undertake OCSE Part One in the three practice areas in the morning or afternoon on three separate but consecutive days.

    Part Two takes place on different days and at a different venue. However, candidates must take Parts One and Two at the same sitting.
    Pass rates
  • To pass the MCT, candidates must obtain the overall pass mark for the MCT.
  • To pass the OSCE, candidates must obtain the overall pass mark for the OSCE.
  • There are not separate pass marks for parts one and two of the OSCE.
  • What happens next is that a panel convened by the SRA considers your assessments in their entirety and decides whether you have acquired the minimum required knowledge in all areas of the law for England and Wales. In that respect, there is no final, overall pass mark for the QLTS. The adjudication of the panel is what counts.
    Dates and other information For Dates of MCT and OSCE assessments, please go here. For information about policies about the assessments, e.g. special needs, please go here.

    What will I need before I get started?

    To study your online course, you will need the following:
    Minimum Hardware Requirements:
  • Computer / laptop / Google Chromebook / Apple MacBook
  • Keyboard and a mouse or another pointing device
  • Broadband connection with 10 Mbps average speed
  • An Ethernet cable for maintaining internet stability
  • Working microphone, either internal or external
  • Webcam with 320 x 240 VGA resolution, either internal or external
  • Minimum System Requirements:
  • Preferred Internet Browser: Google Chrome
  • Operating System: Windows 7+ / macOS 10.11+ / Chrome 58+
  • Free RAM: 2GB
  • Processor: 2GHz Intel Pentium / Intel / ARM
  • Free disk space: 1GB
  • We are here to help. If you have any questions on the above, please contact us.

    How to apply?

    How do I enrol?

    The Law Training Centre accepts applications throughout the year so that learners can start when it suits them most.

    You can request an enrolment form by completing our form. Once completed, you will receive the form directly to the email address you provide.

    Please fill in the enrolment form and return it to info@ltckent.co.uk

    To ensure your enrolment is processed as quickly as possible, please make sure that you read the form carefully, and fill out all the required boxes. If you need any help or have questions, please contact us on 0330 088 8495 or info@ltckent.co.uk

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    Once received, your enrolment will be processed by our Student Services Team. If there are any queries at this stage, we will contact you.
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    We have a deep understanding of the current legal sector and the training needs of those who work within it.

    Our course delivery is uniquely engaging, having full regard of how precious time is for those not only studying law, but also practising at the same time.

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