What does the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) adoption of the QLTS regulations for internationally qualified lawyers mean in practice to any lawyer who wishes to qualify as English solicitor and what are the key differences between the QLTT and the QLTS?

  • The new QLTS scheme is open to a far greater number of jurisdictions than the previous QLTT
  • QLTS applicants must undertake written and practical or ‘clinical’ assessments
  • QLTS applicants are not given exemptions from any element of the assessment
  • There is no experience of UK law requirement
  • The QLTS Certificates of Eligibility is valid for 5 years. Applicants must pass all the assessments within this 5 year period and no more than 3 attempts at each assessment is permitted during the validity of the Certificate of Eligibility.
  • All International lawyers are required to take a separate English Language Test, such as IELTS, before being allowed to take any of the assessments. Exemptions from the English Language Test may be granted through UK’ National Academic Recognition Information Centre’s (NARIC) English Language Assessment.
  • EEA, Swiss and UK Qualified Lawyer applicants will have their qualifications and experience individually assessed. On the basis of this assessment, the SRA will decide which assessments will need to be passed.

    The QLTS assessments are currently offered in the UK. The MCT assessment will be offered in New York City and January 2013.

Once the criteria set out in the Certificate of Eligibility have been satisfied, the applicant can apply to the SRA for admission in the normal way.

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