Should a Foreign Lawyer Take the QLTS or the New York Bar Exam?

ny bar exam for foreign lawyersIn one of our recent blog posts, we discussed the impact of the globalisation of business on the world of legal practice. One trend that we identified, in particular, is the need for young lawyers to find ways to differentiate themselves in the fiercely competitive junior ranks, by developing their profile as an international lawyer.

Junior lawyers increasingly seek a competitive edge through admission to practice in a second jurisdiction. Dual-qualified lawyers offer the breadth and depth of multi-jurisdictional advice that makes them truly international legal advisers, able to deliver great commercial advice on an international scale to key clients or in-house on important matters. read more...

The QLTS Qualification Process – Infographic Illustration

Becoming an English Solicitor via the QLTS

The popularity of becoming an English solicitor via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) among lawyers from is growing fast. Thousands of lawyers from more than 50 countries have been taking advantage of the programme to advance their legal career, enhance their marketability and professional profile.

We often hear questions from lawyers who are unsure where to start. We have therefore created this infographic to help you better understand the various steps involved in the QLTS. read more...

Introducing the OSCE Toolkit – Everything You Need to Know about the OSCE Assessment before You Start

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Every year, hundreds of international lawyers worldwide seek to enhance their careers by dual-qualifying as English solicitors via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

The QLTS involves two assessments; the Multiple Choice Test (MCT) and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

MCT: This seems familiar…

Many QLTS candidates aren’t phased by the structure and format of MCT and find it fairly straightforward. This isn’t surprising, as many jurisdictions incorporate some form of multiple choice test(s) as part of the qualification framework. There’s a lot of content to learn and apply when answering the questions, but there’s some comfort that can be derived from the more traditional format of the MCT. read more...

5 Reasons Why You Need to Know Both LexisLibrary and Westlaw for the OSCE Assessment

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What is the OSCE

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) is designed by the SRA to assess the knowledge and skills of lawyers qualified outside of England & Wales, to gauge their suitability to be admitted as solicitors. One of the ways the SRA does this is through the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which is Part II of the QLTS.

The OSCE tests the way lawyers approach practical legal problems, through five different sets of skills. These skills are legal writing, legal drafting, interviewing and advising, advocacy, and online legal research. read more...

US Attorney Career Path Next Steps: Dual-qualification or LLM?

LLM US ATTORNEYS

The bar exam is behind you and you’re a qualified attorney in your chosen state. Congratulations!

Now what?

US attorneys looking to take the next step in independently advancing their careers, enhancing marketable skills and unlocking practice in the international market are often faced with a choice. They can study for the internationally-recognised LLM in a chosen subject, or dual-qualify as an advocate in their chosen jurisdiction (if that jurisdiction permits it).

Both options require significant commitments of time and money – each a valuable resource for the busy US attorney. read more...

Webinar Recording on the QLTS Now Available

On Sunday, July 5th 2015, Marc and the team at QLTS School delivered a one-hour long webinar:

“How to Succeed on the QLTS Assessments”.

The webinar covered the following topics:

• Why you should become a dual-qualified English solicitor
• How this qualification can jump start your legal career
• The structure of the assessments – MCT and OSCE exams and eligibility criteria
• Preparation courses offered by QLTS School
• Tips for success in the assessments

We would like to thank again to all who attended the event. read more...

How to Advance Your Legal Career as an International Arbitration Lawyer

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Introduction: The Rising Demand for International Arbitration

Globalisation of business has been a fact for several decades now, bringing with it vast economic opportunities. Operating a business across borders creates obstacles on multiple levels; linguistic, cultural and logistical issues are likely to arise, even in successful endeavours.

In this environment, lawyers have had to evolve and adapt their services and skills to enable their business clients to accomplish their aims. Lawyers with knowledge and experience of managing cross-border transactions are highly valued by their clients for helping to clear the path and get sophisticated and complex deals closed. read more...

Live Webinar: How to Succeed on the QLTS Assessments

Live QLTS Webinar – Sunday, July 5, 2015 – 6.00pm (BST)

Join Marc and the team at QLTS School and attend a free, hour-long webinar:

“How to Succeed on the QLTS Assessments” 

The webinar will cover the following topics:

• Why you should become a dual-qualified an English solicitor?

• The strcuture of the assessments – MCT and OSCE exams and eligibility criteria

• Preparation courses offered by QLTS School

• Tips for success in the assessments

• Q & A session

The presentation will show you why hundreds of lawyers have taken the QLTS and chosen QLTS School as their training provider. read more...

Top 5 Challenges Facing Lawyers Today

Lawyers Challenges

The legal profession is a competitive one. It always has been, but these days—with rapid changes in the way we practice law—it seems to be even more so.

For example, one study found that lawyer density has been steadily increasing in six major European nations.

These changes can be exciting and dynamic, but with them comes a host of challenges. Lawyers will need to overcome them in order to stay competitive and relevant in their profession.

So, what are the major challenges facing lawyers today? read more...

US Attorney Career Path Next Steps: Dual-qualification or an MBA?

US attorneys - next career steps

We previously looked at the factors to consider for US attorneys weighing up the benefits of dual-qualification over an LLM to advance their careers. Some US attorneys looking to optimize their career path may instead be considering an MBA over dual-qualifying as an English solicitor via the QLTS in order to practice English law.

If you are reading this article, you will already know what an MBA is, and are looking for some guidance as to factors to consider when making a choice between the MBA or dual-qualifying as an English solicitor through the QLTS. read more...

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