QUALIFIED LAWYER TRANSFER SCHEME
The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) replaced the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) on 1 September 2010 and offers a route to qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales to lawyers from a wider range of jurisdictions. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has appointed one assessment organisation for the first three years of the operation of the assessments: Kaplan QLTS. The structure of examinations has recently been changed from January, 2014. The old TLTS has now been merged with the OSCE, becoming a two-part exam.
The following notes are important information from Kaplan QLTS the body that sets and administers these exams. Prospective tutees and candidates are advised to view the website link:
N.B. The QLTS assessment provider, Kaplan QLTS, is not permitted to offer preparatory training for the QLTS Assessments.
The QLTS assessment comprises 2 parts, a Multiple Choice Test (MCT) and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). In order to pass the QLTS assessment, candidates must pass both the MCT and the OSCE within the 5 year validity period of their Certificate of Eligibility. Candidates are given a maximum of 3 attempts at each of the MCT and the OSCE within that 5-year period. Candidates must pass the MCT before enrolling for the OSCE.
One of our senior tutors will be happy to discuss your personal needs with you free of cost.
From January 2014 the system of QLTS assessments will be modified slightly. The Multiple Choice Test will remain unchanged. However the OSCE and the TLST will be combined into a single assessment known as the OSCE.
If you sat at least 1 of the QLTS assessments before January 2014 and passed that assessment, transitional provisions will apply to you.
Candidates who have passed the MCT before January 2014 but not the old OSCE or the TLST will be required to sit the new OSCE in its entirety (Parts 1 and 2). They will pay the fee for the new OSCE.
Candidates who sat the old OSCE before January 2014 and passed the old OSCE but have not passed the TLST will be required to sit the new OSCE Part 2 only. They will pay the fee for the old TLST only. Candidates who sat the TLST before January 2014 and passed the TLST but have not passed the old OSCE will be required to sit the new OSCE Part 1 only.
What we offer our QLTS students
We are Market Leaders in tutoring legal skill development:
· We offer dedicated tutoring assistance to you, to ensure that you get through these exams.
Once you are registered with the SRA we will tutor you with dedicated and experienced tutors, who teach and tutor LPC and BPTC, and QLTS and professionals at all levels.
· We use professionals who understand the varied needs of foreign professionals, and in particular, legal linguistic skills.
This is pertinent to writing and drafting, and oral skills, for example, advocacy and interviewing skills, which we find that most candidates have great difficulties in achieving, and it becomes even more difficult to achieve when the language skills are not as good as they should be. We help you to get there, with coaching in this regard.
· We tutor one-to-one, for Parts 1 and 2 of these Exams.
That is, you get the individual and personal treatment and help that you need, in order to pass these exams. You are not just another number in a classroom or group, or simply trying to speak with a computer! ,but with a professional lawyer/tutor, who will help you to achieve your full potential, and help you to function efficiently, and as rapidly as possible in this jurisdiction.
· We use our expertise and knowledge as practitioners, in England & Wales:
To rapidly impart the MCT (core subjects) which you will need to pass for, but more seriously, you will need to have a deep understanding of the skills you need to take forward, from the MCTs, in order to master the OSCEs later on. The underlying requirement of mastering the knowledge, of the Core Subjects, to drill and prepare candidates with the skills and techniques , even after completing the Part I, that practitioners need to use and apply in order to master advocacy and interviewing, as well as research skills, in Part II .
These core subjects are strongly presented right across the board, in all the Eleven Outcomes in the Part I, which must be passed before moving on to the second professional Part 2 ( This has recently been merged with Part 3).
· By using set structured practice and drilled problem solving in written proofs, letters, drafts and memoranda as solicitors are expected to do, as solicitors are expected to do.
· Legal research, writing and drafting, with emphasis on good grammatic structures.
· There are special programmes for non-native English speakers.
· We will have role-play, workshops as well as one to one practice of legal skills, in advocacy, interviewing and in all the core areas of objective structured clinical examination and practice skills combined.
· We will help you to acquire the necessary writing and drafting and research skills, in the context of practice in the following areas:-
o Business /Corporate
o Civil and Criminal Litigation
We offer every support for the client to achieve his or her goal, knowing fully well that at this stage great investment has been made in a career choice which simply cannot accept failure. We find that every student's needs is different, especially in this field and strongly recommend that a personal interview is set up in order to establish your needs.
Helpful information about the QLTS
The QLTS Assessments
The QLTS Assessments are designed to test applicants on most of the SRA’s Day One Outcomes. The Day One Outcomes are the outcomes each solicitor who qualifies through the domestic route is expected to have achieved by the time they are admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales.
The QLTS Assessments are in two parts:
Part 1 Multiple Choice Test (MCT)
Part 1 is a multiple choice test that will test Day One Outcome A. Part 1 must be passed before Parts 2 and 3 are attempted. The MCT covers 180 questions across outcomes A1 to A11, over 6 hours.
Day One Outcomes A1 to A11:
· A1 Introduction to the Legal System of England & Wales and European Union Law
· A2 Introduction to Constitutional Law and Judicial Review Processes
· A3 Introduction to Professional Conduct and the SRA Accounts Rules 2011
· A4 Introduction to Money Laundering and Financial Services
· A4 Introduction to Taxation
· A5 Introduction to Contract Law
· A6 Introduction to the Law of Tort
· A7 Introduction to Criminal Law
· A8 Introduction to Property Law
· A9 Introduction to Equitable Rights and Obligations
· A10 Introduction to Human Rights Law
· A11 Introduction to Business Law
Part 2 Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) Part I and II will now be examined as below:-
The Assessments: OSCE Part 1
The Assessments: OSCE Part 2
The OSCE examines Outcomes C, D and F of the SRA's Day One Outcomes. Candidates are examined in the 3 practice areas of:
· Property and Probate
· Civil and Criminal Litigation
In each of these practice areas candidates do each of the following exercises once:
· Client interview and completion of attendance note/case analysis
· Legal research
· Legal writing
· Legal drafting
In total therefore candidates undertake 15 assessed exercises: 5 in Business, 5 in Property and Probate, and 5 in Civil and Criminal Litigation.
Apply to SRA for a Certificate of Eligibility
The application forms are available from SRA’s website.
There is a fee payable to the SRA with your application for a Certificate of Eligibility. Please contact the SRA for current rates.
The SRA will inform you if you have been granted exemptions from any part(s) of the QLTS Assessment(s).
Register for the QLTS Assessments with Kaplan QLTS
Please visit Kaplan’s website for more information about how to register for the QLTS Assessments.
Fees apply for sitting the QLTS Assessments – please contact Kaplan QLTS for details.
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