Transition to SQE

For people qualifying via the SQE after autumn 2021

We will be introducing a new, independent centralised assessment for all would-be 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 aim to introduce this in autumn 2021. This will replace the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme.

Sitting the QLTS assessments before autumn 2021

If you pass the multiple choice test (MCT) before autumn 2021, you will have until autumn 2022 to successfully pass the Objective Structured Clinical Examination and apply for admission as a solicitor.

If you have not passed the MCT assessment by autumn 2021, you will not be able to continue on the QLTS route. Instead you will have to sit one, or both, of the SQE assessments.

Learn more about future dates for the two QLTS assessments.

Exemptions for the multiple choice test

If you have been granted an exemption from the talking the multiple choice test, you will not be eligible for transition arrangements.

This means you will need to successfully complete the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and apply for admission before autumn 2021 to qualify under the QLTS route.

If you have not passed the OSCE, you will have to sit one, or both, of the SQE assessments instead.

Learn more about future dates for the two QLTS assessments.

Completed the QLTS

If you have completed both stages of the QLTS assessments, you must apply for admission before autumn 2022.

If not, you may have to sit one, or both, of the SQE assessments.

Principles for Qualified Lawyers

Read more on approach to qualified lawyers seeking admission as a solicitor of England and Wales.