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SRA renews contract with Kaplan for QLTS assessment

Kaplan has been re-appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to assess the Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme (QLTS) for the next three years, until January 2017.

The aim of the scheme is to ensure that all lawyers transferring to become solicitors of England and Wales from other jurisdictions meet the SRA's competence standards.

Kaplan was originally appointed in 2010 following a competitive tendering exercise.

Jenny Crewe, SRA Policy Executive said: "We are pleased to announce Kaplan's re-appointment as our QLTS assessing body.

"We have also taken this opportunity to do a thorough review of the assessments and while the QLTS will remain the same in most respects, from January 2014, the OSCE and TLST stages of the qualification will be combined into a single assessment known as the OSCE. This will further increase the accuracy and reliability of the qualification."

Eileen Fry, Head of Kaplan QLTS said: "We are delighted to be re-appointed as the SRA's sole assessment body for QLTS for the next three years. This appointment is an endorsement of the innovative approach to assessment of law in England and Wales used by QLTS. It is also an endorsement of the validity, reliability and accuracy that has been achieved by Kaplan in the QLTS exams."

The last Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) certificates of eligibility will expire on 31 August this year.  

Background information:

As part of its commitment to evaluate the scheme, the SRA commissioned the research consultancy, ICF GHK , to test the case for a single assessment body model[1].

[1] http://www.sra.org.uk/documents/solicitors/qlts/qlts-research-final.pdf

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