Already started on the QLTS

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) has been replaced by the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). This information is only for qualified lawyers who have already started qualifying through the QLTS.  

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If you have not passed the multiple choice test (MCT), you do not fall within the transitional arrangements to qualify under our QLTS regulations.

The final MCT has now completed, so you cannot sit the QLTS assessments. Instead, you will need to qualify through the SQE route.

You can complete your qualifications and apply for admission either by sitting and passing the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) or the new SQE2.

If you pass the OSCE, you must meet our requirements and apply for admission by 31 August 2022 (inclusive).

Information on sitting the OSCE can be found on the Kaplan QLTS website. The exact date of the final OSCE has not been confirmed but will be in spring 2022.

Alternatively, you can take SQE2 instead. If you pass this assessment, you must meet our requirements and apply for admission by 31 August 2023 (inclusive).

If you have been granted a full exemption from the whole multiple choice test (MCT), you will not fall within the transition arrangements for the QLTS.

If you have a full exemption from MCT and have passed the OSCE you must apply to us for admission before 1 September 2021 (unless they took the July OSCE).

QLTS exemptions do not transfer over to the SQE. You must apply for a new exemption even if you have an existing one for either stage of the QLTS assessments.  

If you have taken and passed both QLTS assessments, you must meet our requirements and apply for admission by 31 August 2022 (inclusive).