The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) provides an opportunity for international lawyers to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales. The scheme is administered by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulatory body of the Law Society of England and Wales.
The QLTS came into force in September 2010 and replaced the previous regime, the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) exams.
Watch this video presentation to learn more about the QLTS assessments:
The QLTS consists of two assessments:
Part I – Multiple Choice Test (MCT) – tests the knowledge and understanding of Outcomes A1-A11. The MCT consists of 180 multiple choice questions, each with five possible answers. The assessment is divided into two periods of three hours each, with 90 questions each.
Part II – Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) – tests five skills: interviewing and advocacy (known as OSCE Part I), and online legal research, legal drafting and legal writing (known as OSCE Part II). The assessment runs across several days. The OSCE is conducted in the context of the three practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Litigation and Property Law.
- You must first pass the MCT before attempting the OSCE.
- There is no limit on the number of attempt you make take at each element of the QLTS, nor there is a restriction or time period to complete the suite of the assessments
- There is no experience requirement or training to complete, nor is there an English language test to take
- All assessment are closed-book – you cannot bring with you any supporting materials into the examination centre
- EU and Intra-UK lawyers may be eligible to obtain exemptions from some of the elements of the assessments (a separate application should be made to the SRA with a fee of £400). All other lawyers cannot obtain any exemptions.
There are no formal steps you need to follow in order to be eligible to sit the QLTS assessments (there was previously a requirement to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the SRA, but this was removed in March 2015).
Candidates should, however, hold the correct professional qualification in a recognised jurisdiction and satisfy the SRA requirements as to character and suitability before they apply for admission as solicitors. A list of Recognised Jurisdiction is published at the SRA website. The list includes among other countries most of the jurisdictions in the USA, Australia, all EU countries, Turkey, Nigeria, Canada, South Africa, Japan, China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil and Israel.
Questions about your eligibility should addressed to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham B1 1RN, UK
Sitting the Assessments
The assessments are administered by a sole assessment provider, Kaplan QLTS, which has been appointed by the SRA. Kaplan is not authorised to offer preparatory courses for the assessments. All the assessments are held in London, UK.
MCT – 9th July 2015 / 10th February 2016 – exam fees are £500 + VAT.
OSCE – Part II – June 9 – 11 (12) 2015 | Part I – June 5-7 – 2015 /
Part II – November 25-27 (28) – 2015 | Part I – November 30-December 2 – 2015
The fees for the OSCE are £2,925 + VAT.
Kaplan will open additional bookings for Part I on June 16 – 18 (2015) and November 20 – 22 (2015) if the other dates on the specific sitting are full and there is sufficient demand.
Assessment results are normally released within 12-14 weeks after the assessment date. Once you have passed the two assessments and fulfilled any other outstanding requirements set by the SRA, you may apply for admission to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales and get your practising certificate.
QLTS School offers preparation courses for the two elements of the assessment: MCT and OSCE. Our courses combine comprehensive textbooks, video tutorials, online resources and tutor support.