Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme Q&A
25 November 2019
No. You do not need a practising certificate to sit the QLTS assessments.
The scheme uses the Multiple Choice Test (MCT) and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) to assess people.
The assessments test knowledge of the Day One Outcomes. To meet the Outcomes, you must demonstrate that you have relevant knowledge in the Law and practice of England and Wales.
The following providers, listed in alphabetical order, have told us they offer QLTS training. Please note we do not endorse, regulate or quality assure the training they provide. We are not responsible for the content of external websites.
You can apply for exemptions from the QLTS assessments if you are:
- LPC Graduate in English and Welsh Law
- Solicitor/Advocate of Scotland
- Qualified Barrister of England and Wales
- Solicitor or Barrister of Northern Ireland
- Solicitor of Republic of Ireland
- A qualified lawyer in a recognised jurisdiction.
All applicants must meet our character and suitability requirements. This will be assessed when you apply for admission.
If you do not have any character and suitability issues, you can go straight to Kaplan to book your assessments.
If you are aware of anything which may prevent you from meeting our character and suitability requirements, you can apply for an early check. It may take us up to 6 months to assess your application.
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There is no specific deadline for exemptions applications. However, if you are granted a multiple choice test (MCT) exemption the last time you can take the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) will be in July 2021.
An exemption from the MCT does not guarantee that you will be able to qualify through QLTS. So, if you have successfully completed the Legal Practice Course and wish to apply for an MCT exemption so that you can apply for admission under the QLTS, you should do this as soon as possible.
You should be aware that:
- If you have an exemption from the whole MCT, you will only be able to qualify under the existing arrangements for the QLTS if you also complete and pass the OSCE and apply for admission on or by 31 August 2021 (unless you are sitting the July 2021 OSCE). You must also satisfy the other eligibility requirements set out in our regulations.
- You may only apply to Kaplan, the QLTS assessment provider, to sit the OSCE once you have been granted the exemption from the MCT.
- An MCT exemption application takes us a minimum of 14 days to process.
- Our assessment provider, Kaplan has indicated on its website that there are a limited number of spaces on the OSCE in 2021. Please check the Kaplan website for further updates about 2021 OSCE sitting dates.
You will have to qualify under the SQE. You can find out more about your options, including options for those who have passed the LPC on our SQE pages.
You can qualify under the QLTS scheme if you have passed the MCT before 1 September 2021, however the capacity of QLTS assessments is limited. This means that we cannot guarantee that everyone who wishes to do so can qualify through this route as it comes to an end. If you have not passed the MCT by this date, you will have to qualify under the SQE.Under the SQE, there are several options available for lawyers qualified in another jurisdiction. Our approach to how we will consider applications is set out in our Principles for Qualified Lawyers.
We have always planned to replace the QLTS with the SQE. This means that we must bring this route to qualification to an end.
Candidates who have started on their route to qualification have several options to complete their qualification – either through other existing arrangements, if their experience and training allow this, or through the SQE. Find out more on our transition to SQE page.
If you had a partial exemption and have passed the rest of the MCT, you will be in the same position as those who passed the MCT without any exemptions.
This means you have up to 31 August 2022 (inclusive) to complete the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and apply for admission to qualify under QLTS.
Or if you instead take the SQE2, you have until 31 August 2023 (inclusive) to pass your qualification and apply for admission.
No, we cannot change our arrangements due to delays in another jurisdiction.
However, we will consider applications for a waiver of our requirement to apply for admission by 31 August 2021, if you wish to sit the July 2021 OSCE. You will need to have met our requirement to be qualified in another jurisdiction, by 31 August 2021 (inclusive).
You can then apply for this waiver once you have passed the July 2021 OSCE. You will have until 31 December 2021 to apply for the waiver.