BPP University QLTS

By | 27th April 2017

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BPP University QLTS

Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS)

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 than under the QLTT arrangements. It has a more extensive syllabus coverage than the QLTT. This study course is provided by BPP Professional Education.  This is not a BPP University programme.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Kaplan QLTS is the sole authorised assessment provider for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) of assessments under The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

The SRA and Kaplan have taken this as an opportunity to undertake a thorough review of the QLTS assessments. From January 2014, the OSCE and the TLST stages of the qualification were combined into a single assessment known as the new OSCE. The MCT remains unchanged. The new OSCE examines the same law and skills as were previously examined in the old OSCE and the TLST, however, where previously candidates had to pass each of the OSCE and the TLST, there is now a single pass mark for the new combined assessment. Candidates who have not yet passed either the TLST or the old OSCE, will be required to sit the new OSCE. There are transitional arrangements in place for candidates who have passed the old OSCE, but not passed the TLST, or who have passed the TLST but not passed the old OSCE. A summary of the approved amendments to the QLTS regulations can be found here.

Please visit Kaplan QLTS’s website for more information: www.kaplanqlts.com.

Key Information

  • Unique QLTS Study Programme – covering the knowledge and skills assessed by the QLTS Assessments
  • Online resources for comprehensive study and revision
  • Practical exercises
  • Professionally qualified tutors, experienced in teaching the assessable Day One Outcomes

What is the QLTS?

Following approval by the Legal Services Board (LSB) the QLTS was introduced on 1 September 2010.

The QLTS is a transfer scheme which provides qualified lawyers, who are not admitted as solicitors in England and Wales, with an alternative route to qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales to the domestic route. BPP Professional Education provides a QLTS Study Programme to help you prepare for the QLTS Assessment. This is not a BPP University Programme.

Download the QLTS brochure.

Who is the QLTS assessment provider?

The SRA has appointed Kaplan QLTS as the sole QLTS Assessment provider. Please visit Kaplan’s website for detailed information about the QLTS Assessments and their requirements.

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 Day One Outcomes can be downloaded from the SRA’s website.

The QLTS Assessments are in two parts:

Multiple Choice Test (MCT)

The first part is a multiple choice test that will test Day One Outcome A. This part must be passed before the next part is attempted. The MCT covers 180 questions across outcomes A1 to A11, over 6 hours.

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The second part is an objective structured clinical examination that will test the skills of interviewing, advocacy, legal research, writing and drafting in the context of the following areas of practice: business, civil and criminal litigation, and property and probate.

Is there an experience requirement under the QLTS Regulations?

No. There is no experience requirement under the QLTS Regulations. The QLTS, instead, uses practical exercises in the OSCE as an objective way of assessing applicants’ ability to practise in England and Wales.

Who is eligible to sit the QLTS?

The QLTS is available to lawyers qualified:

  • Elsewhere in the UK (e.g. barristers in England and Wales, Scottish Solicitors/Advocates, Northern Irish Solicitors/Advocates)
  • Within the EU/EEA
  • In a recognised international jurisdiction

To establish whether you are eligible to apply to sit the QLTS Assessments, other requirements and any exemptions which may apply, please visit the SRA’s website.

Who is eligible to sit the QLTS Assessments?

International applicants

Applicants who are qualified outside of the EEA and Switzerland and who hold a recognised professional title in a recognised jurisdiction can apply directly to register for the assessments.

For EEA and Swiss nationals qualified in the EEA or Switzerland and Intra- UK lawyers

Applicants who are EEA or Swiss nationals qualified in the EEA or Switzerland who wish to apply for exemptions should complete the QLTS – Exemptions application form and submit this to the SRA with the completed relevant assessment table and supporting evidence.

Applicants who are qualified as a barrister of England and Wales or as a Scottish solicitor are entitled to apply to the SRA for exemptions for the areas where it has been determined under Directive 2005/36/EC (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) that there are no substantial differences between the Day One Outcomes and some of the outcomes achieved during the qualification process as a lawyer in the UK. Applicants should apply using the QLTS – Exemptions application form.

Intra-UK applicants who wish to have further exemptions assessed should complete the relevant sections of the QLTS – Exemptions application form.

You will not be able to register for your assessment until this process has been completed and your exemptions have been assessed.

Applicants who do not wish to apply for exemptions should register direct with Kaplan QLTS

LPC Graduates

Applicants who have successfully completed the LPC are entitled to apply to the SRA for full exemption from the Multiple Choice Test (MCT). Applicants should complete the QLTS – Exemption from the MCT application form

  • Elsewhere in the UK (e.g. barristers in England and Wales, Scottish Solicitors/Advocates, Northern Irish Solicitors/Advocates)
  • Within the EU/EEA
  • In a recognised international jurisdiction

Where applicable and before you can sit the QLTS Assessments you must have applied for, and been issued with your exemption certificate from the SRA.

To establish whether you are eligible to apply for any exemptions in order to undertake the QLTS Assessments, please visit the SRA’s website.

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.

Preparing for the QLTS Assessments

You are not required to complete any training prior to attempting the QLTS Assessments. The SRA state that you should “assess your experience, knowledge and skills against the Day One Outcomes and decide how best to prepare for the assessments.”

The QLTS assessment provider, Kaplan QLTS, is not permitted to offer preparatory training for the QLTS Assessments.

Read further details of BPP’s QLTS Study Programme by downloading the brochure.

Apply to be admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales

Once you have passed the two QLTS Assessments (subject to any exemptions which may apply to you) you may apply to the SRA to be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.