Transition to SQE

For people qualifying via the SQE after 1 September 2021

We are introducing a single, rigorous assessment for all aspiring solicitors. The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) will mean that everyone who becomes a solicitor will meet the same high standards in a consistent way.

Subject to final approval from the Legal Services Board (LSB), we will be introducing the SQE on 1 September 2021. The SQE will replace the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

If you have not taken and passed the first part of the QLTS assessment (the multiple choice test) before 1 September 2021, you will not fall within the transitional arrangements to be able to qualify under QLTS.

Please be aware that there are a finite number of places and attempts left before 1 September 2021. If you start on QLTS training as the scheme draws to an end, you do so at your own risk.

If you wish to avoid the risk that you may run out of time to complete QLTS, you can qualify instead through the SQE. You can read more on our approach for qualified lawyers seeking admission as a solicitor of England and Wales when we introduce the SQE.

We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected candidates' ability to sit QLTS assessments. We have therefore reviewed our transitional arrangements for QLTS candidates who will have passed the multiple choice tests (MCT) or have an exemption from the whole MCT before 1 September 2021. Further details are below.

Learn more about future dates for the QLTS assessments. You can also visit our Q&A section for more detail. 

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Due to the Covid-19 impact on candidates sitting the second part of the QLTS assessment, we have extended the period for those who have taken and passed the multiple choice test (MCT) before 1 September 2021 to complete their qualifications and apply for admission to us.

You can complete your qualifications and apply for admission either by sitting and passing the OSCE, or by sitting and passing SQE2.

If you pass the OSCE, you must meet the requirements of regulation 3F of the Authorisation of Individuals Regulations and apply for admission by 31 August 2022 (inclusive).

The exact date for the final QLTS OSCE will be available in the future on the Kaplan website.

If you pass the SQE2, you must meet our requirements and apply for admission by 31 August 2023 (inclusive).

Learn more about future dates for the QLTS assessments.

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. This means you must have passed the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), meet our requirements under regulation 3F of Authorisation of Individuals Regulations and apply for admission by 31 August 2021 (inclusive).

However, we recognise that Covid-19 has restricted candidates’ ability to attempt the OSCE. We will now allow those with the MCT exemption to take the July 2021 OSCE, subject to availability.

If you pass this OSCE, you can apply for a waiver from our requirement to have applied for admission before 1 September 2021, but you must have been admitted in another jurisdiction as a qualified lawyer before 1 September 2021.

You can apply for this waiver once you have your results and have successfully passed the OSCE. You will have until 31 December 2021 to do this.

You should be aware that when seeking to qualify under the QLTS route as it comes to an end, the opportunities to take QLTS assessments are limited. We cannot guarantee that everyone who wishes to qualify under the QLTS route will be able to do so before it ends. If you wish to avoid the risk that you run out of time, you may wish to sit the SQE instead.

Learn more about future dates for the QLTS assessments.

If you have an exemption from the whole multiple choice test and have passed the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), you must meet our requirements under regulation 3F of Authorisation of Individuals Regulations and apply for admission by 31 August 2021 (inclusive). This is unless you take and pass the July 2021 OSCE.

If you have taken and passed both QLTS assessments, you must meet our requirements under regulation 3F of Authorisation of Individuals Regulations and apply for admission by 31 August 2022 (inclusive).