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LPC and CPD providers invited to an information event on Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Assessment requirements

Prospective training providers are being invited to attend an information event on 5 May at Chancery Lane, being organised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to bring them up to speed on the new Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) Assessment tests.

The QLTS was launched last September, following the first revision in twenty years of the Qualified Lawyer Transfer Regulations (QLTR) and Test. New applicants wishing to become a lawyer in England and Wales now have to pass an assessment administered by Kaplan QLTS,the assessment organisation appointed by the SRA.

Diane Lawson, the SRA's Director of Education and Training, said: "We decided to run the event following feedback that potential candidates still felt they needed some training before taking the assessment. Potential training providers will learn more about what the new tests require so that they can offer candidates appropriate training or preparation.

"Roughly twenty per cent of all lawyers coming into the profession have historically come through this route and we have already had several hundred applicants for the QLTS.

"The new assessment approach is quite different from the previous scheme, with a much more comprehensive test of our law and practice, to ensure that applicants who have qualified via this route are on a par with their domestic counterparts. There is also a new practical element, the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which is an assessment method we have adapted from the medical professions and which replaces the QLTR experience requirement.

"We hope that training providers will take advantage of this event to learn more about QLTS and the opportunities it offers."

Places are limited, so anyone wishing to reserve a place should .

More information about the QLTS is available from www.sra.org.uk/qlts or follow us on Twitter at SRA_QLTS.

 
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