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Qualifying from outside the UK

If you are a qualified lawyer from an overseas jurisdiction, you may be eligible to transfer to the roll of solicitors of England and Wales under the Qualified Transfer Scheme (QLTS) without having to complete the full education and training requirements specified in the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) Training Regulations 2014.

Qualification via the QLTS is set out in the SRA's Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Regulations 2011.

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To be eligible to apply, you must be a qualified lawyer from a recognised jurisdiction. Before you apply, see details of the transfer scheme, including the list of recognised jurisdictions, to check whether your jurisdiction is on the list. As a candidate applying to transfer you will be considered under the QLTS rules and will be required to show that you are of good standing and suitable for admission as a solicitor in England and Wales - the suitability and character requirements are set out in the SRA suitability test 2011.

How to apply

The assessments are only available at Kaplan QLTS and you should contact them directly to register and arrange your assessment programme. All assessments take place in London and are usually available twice a year. Full details of the assessment, including the dates and fees are available at Kaplan QLTS. For queries regarding eligibility please contact contactcentre@sra.org.uk.

Assessment

The assessment will test the Day One Outcomes which set out the legal knowledge and skills that all solicitors must have at the time of qualification. There are two stages to the assessment:

  • Multiple Choice Test (MCT) – this is a six-hour 180 question test which assesses Part A of the Day One Outcomes
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) - This assesses parts C, D and F of the Day One Outcomes. This tests the skills of interviewing, advocacy/oral presentations, legal research, legal drafting and legal writing in business, civil and criminal litigation, property and probate.

The MCT stage must be passed before you can progress on to the OSCE stage.

There is no need for candidates to provide separate evidence of their English language skills prior to registering for an assessment. The standard of your written, spoken, reading and listening English must, however, be appropriate for the assessment otherwise you are unlikely to pass.

Exemptions

You may be entitled to exemption from some or all of the QLTS assessments if you are:

  • a lawyer qualified in the EEA/EU/Switzerland and seeking to qualify via Directive 2005/36/EC (recognition of professional qualifications)
  • a lawyer qualified in Northern Ireland or Scotland
  • a barrister who has qualified in England and Wales who has completed a pupillage.

Your eligibility to exemption will depend on the extent to which you have already met the Day One Outcomes. The SRA will assess eligibility based on information provided upon application.

If you are an LPC graduate you are entitled to claim full exemption from the MCT.

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