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Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) update

Summary of changes

The Legal Services Board has approved the SRA's proposed amendments to the QLTS Regulations.

A summary of the amendments is as follows:

  • Remove the need for QLTS candidates, other than those with exemption from part of the exam, to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the SRA prior to sitting the QLTS assessments
  • Remove the requirement for non-EEA/EU candidates to provide separate evidence of standards of English language skills as a condition of eligibility to take the QLTS assessment
  • Remove the requirement to complete the QLTS assessments within a five-year period
  • Remove the maximum number of assessment attempts available to a QLTS candidate

Registering for the assessment

If you do not have a Certificate of Eligibility and do not intend to apply for exemption from assessment in any of the Day One Outcomes* you should:

(* EU, EEA, Intra-UK and Swiss applicants only may apply to the SRA for exemption from assessment against one or more of the Day One Outcomes.)

  1. Check on our website that you are entitled to seek admission as a solicitor of England and Wales via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme. This means that:
    • you hold the correct professional qualification in a jurisdiction that we recognise. View recognised jurisdictions.
    • you meet our requirements as to character and suitability. You will be subject to a full check on character and suitability when you apply for admission. This means that amongst other checks we will require a certificate of good standing from your home bar/professional/regulatory body. If you are aware of anything which might prevent you from meeting our requirements and would like an early check on any character and suitability issue you can apply to us. Please contact us. Please note that it may take us up to six months to assess your application.
  2. If you are an LPC graduate and are consequently claiming an exemption from the MCT this will need to be checked by the SRA. You will not be able to register with Kaplan QLTS until this process is complete.
  3. Although we have removed the requirement for non-EU/EEA candidates to provide separate evidence of their English language skills, you should ensure that your standard of written, spoken, reading, and listening English is appropriate for the assessment otherwise you are unlikely to pass it. Candidates should be aware that even if you pass the QLTS assessment you will not be entitled to be admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales unless you hold the correct professional qualification in a recognised jurisdiction and satisfy our requirements as to character and suitability. It is therefore in your own interests to make these checks prior to embarking on the QLTS assessment.
  4. Register for the assessments directly with Kaplan QLTS.

If you do not have a Certificate of Eligibility and you are seeking any exemptions from assessment against the Day One Outcomes* you should:

(* EU, EEA, Intra-UK and Swiss applicants only may apply to the SRA for exemption from assessment against one or more of the Day One Outcomes.)

  1. Complete the QLTS - Exemptions application form and submit this to the SRA with the completed relevant assessment table (if applicable) and supporting evidence for exemptions which are assessed. You will not be able to register with Kaplan QLTS until this process has been completed and your exemptions have been assessed.
  2. If you are an LPC graduate and are consequently claiming an exemption from the MCT you should complete the QLTS - Exemption from the MCT application form. You will not be able to register with Kaplan QLTS until this process is complete. There is no fee for exemption from the MCT for an LPC graduate.

If you already have a Certificate of Eligibility you should:

Register for the assessments with Kaplan QLTS in the usual way. Further information for those with existing certificates about matters other than registration is given below.

Candidates who have Certificates of Eligibility including candidates with exemptions and those who have already sat some of the QLTS assessments

  1. There will no longer be any restriction on the number of permitted assessment attempts or the time period within which the different elements of the assessment must be passed.
  2. Any exemptions granted under your certificate will remain valid.
  3. The SRA will not refund fees for Certificates of Eligibility already issued.
  4. You have an on-going obligation to meet the requirements of the Suitability Test.
  5. If you have passed the MCT but have failed the QLTS assessment as a whole your MCT pass will be "banked" and you will be allowed to recommence the QLTS assessment by taking the OSCE. You will not be required to retake the MCT.
  6. If you are a transitional candidate and have passed the MCT and either the old OSCE or the old TLST but not both, you will be allowed to exhaust your entitlement to three attempts during the five-year validity period of your Certificate of Eligibility by sitting either OSCE Part 1 or OSCE Part 2 alone, but if you are still unsuccessful thereafter you will have to sit the OSCE as a whole. You will not be required to re-take the MCT.

Consequential Changes to Kaplan QLTS Assessment Regulations and Policies

The changes outlined above are effective immediately. Consequential changes will be made to Kaplan QLTS assessment regulations and policies as soon as possible.