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The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) has been replaced by the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).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

Find out more about becoming a solicitor through the SQE.

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 You will have to qualify through the SQE route. This means you have to:

  • have a degree that is the same level as a UK degree, or other qualification and/or experience that is equivalent to this
  • pass the SQE assessments which is made up of two parts:
    • SQE1 tests legal knowledge through a multiple choice test
    • SQE2 test practical skills through oral and written exams
  • meet our character and suitability requirements.

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

Passed an OSCE

If you have passed the OSCE, you must apply for screening so we can assess your character and suitability to be a solicitor. You will then need to apply for admission by 31 August 2022 (inclusive).

Passed an SQE2

If you pass SQE 2, you then need to apply for screening so we can assess your character and suitability to be a solicitor. You will have until 31 March 2024 (inclusive) to apply for admission.

If you fail your first SQE2 assessment, you will have two more attempts. If you fail all three, you will need to qualify through the SQE route and not QLTS. This means you would have to sit both assessments - SQE1 and SQE2.

If your legal qualification has an agreed SQE2 exemption

If you have passed the QLTS MCT this is not equivalent to passing the SQE1 and you do not qualify for an agreed SQE2 exemption. If you have not passed an OSCE, you must sit the SQE2 assessment to complete your QLTS qualification.

Any agreed SQE2 exemption is based on a candidate being assessed through SQE1 and their practice rights being the same as a solicitor. There are differences between the QLTS day one outcomes and the Functioning Legal Knowledge requirements tested in SQE1. For example SQE1 includes the procedural subjects of Business Law and Practice Wills and the Administration of Estates, Property Practice, Dispute Resolution and Criminal Practice.

If you apply for a SQE2 agreed exemption, and are successful, you will have to qualify through the SQE route, not QLTS. This means you would need pass the SQE1 assessment or apply for an exemption.

If you apply for an SQE1 exemption, you can ask us to take your MCT into account but this alone is not equivalent to the whole of SQE1.

Please be aware that we cannot grant partial exemptions from either of the two SQE1 assessments - Functioning Legal Knowledge 1 and Functioning Legal Knowledge 2.  

Not passed an OSCE

If you have been granted a full exemption from the whole multiple choice test (MCT), you will have to qualify through the SQE route. Find out more

Passed an OSCE

If you had a full MCT exemption and passed the OSCE, you would have need to apply to us for admission before 1 September 2021 (unless certain limited circumstances apply).

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

You must apply for screening so we can assess your character and suitability to be a solicitor. You then have until 31 August 2022 (inclusive) to apply for admission.