Key features of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme

QLTS route to qualification

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Transition candidates

  • Transition candidates who have passed the MCT (and either the old OSCE or the old TLST but not both) will be allowed to exhaust their entitlement to 3 attempts. This will be during the 5-year validity period of their Certificate of Eligibility by sitting either OSCE Part 1 or OSCE part 2 alone.
  • Candidates who are unsuccessful thereafter will have to sit the OSCE as a whole. They will not be asked to retake the MCT.

Recognised jurisdictions

Please check the list of jurisdictions and qualifications which we recognise. If your jurisdiction or qualification is not recognised, you should contact your home bar or law society and ask them to contact us to request a survey for recognition.

Training for the assessment

Kaplan are our sole authorised QLTS assessment authority. They do not provide training, however some providers do. As the provision of training is unregulated it is important that you check with the training provider that it meets your requirement.

English Language requirement

You do not have to provide separate evidence of your English language skills before registering for an assessment. However, you should make sure your standard of written, spoken, reading and listening English is appropriate for the assessment otherwise you are unlikely to pass.

Exemptions

If you are:

  • a lawyer qualified in the EEA/EU/Switzerland and seeking to qualify via Directive 2005/36/EC (Recognition of Professional Qualifications)
  • a lawyer qualified in Northern Ireland or Scotland
  • a barrister who has qualified in England and Wales who has completed a pupillage
  • someone who has successful completed the LPC in England and Wales

you may be entitled to exemption from some or all of the assessments. This will depend upon the extent to which you have already met the Day One Outcomes. We will assess this based on the information which you include in your application to us.