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Qualifying from abroad to work in England and Wales
If you qualified as a solicitor in a different country, you may be able to transfer onto the roll of solicitors of England and Wales without completing the full education and training requirements demanded by the SRA. You can do this under the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme.
To transfer, you must:
- meet the SRA’s character and suitability requirements
- pass a qualifying assessment
- have a qualification from the list of recognised jurisdictions
The qualifying assessment is provided by Kaplan QLTS.
The assessment will test the legal knowledge and skills that all solicitors need. There are two stages:
- a multiple-choice test of six hours and 180 questions
- an “objective structured clinical examination” which tests skills in: interviewing, advocacy/oral presentations, legal research, legal drafting and legal writing in business, civil and criminal litigation, property and probate
You may be exempt from the assessment if you're:
- 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 and completed a pupillage
- an LPC graduate (this may exempt you from the multiple choice test)
Solicitors Qualifying Examination
The QLTS will be replaced by a new route to qualification through the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) in autumn 2021.