Last Chance For QLTT Candidates To Qualify As English Solicitors

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Good news for QLTT candidates with a valid QLTT Certificate of Eligibility: for a limited time only, they can now take two of the new QLTS assessments instead of having to evidence to the SRA that they have met the QLTR experience requirements – and qualify as an English solicitor.

QLTS School is fully prepared to assist QLTT candidates wishing to take advantage of the changes in the regulations.

Recent changes to the solicitors’ qualification transfer regulations in England and Wales mean international lawyers who passed the QLTT exams and hold a valid QLTT Certificate of Eligibility can finally qualify as English solicitors - by passing both the OSCE (Objective Structure Clinical Examination) and TLST (Technical Legal Skills Test) assessments of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS), in lieu of the onerous two-year experience requirement. But they must act fast, because time is running out. QLTS School has published full details of the changes and their implications.

QLTS School - training and consultancy services provider for the QLTS assessments - welcomed the changes, announced by the SRA last week. The company spokesman stated:

"QLTT candidates who are otherwise ready to complete the transfer process and become English solicitors, but are unable to meet the two-year experience requirement of the SRA, won't see their dreams of a career in legal practice slipping away through want of a paralegal position or internship in the toughest legal market in a generation.

The SRA’s changes present a unique but fleeting opportunity for QLTT candidates to complete the final – often the most elusive - component of the QLTT requirements, saving both money and time in the process. We have made special arrangements to fully accommodate QLTT candidates who wish to take advantage of these changes and take the final step on the road to qualification."

The QLTT was replaced by the QLTS in September 2010. QLTT candidates who applied to the SRA before the QLTT scheme closed on 31 August 2010 were issued with a Certificate of Eligibility that required them to pass certain heads of the QLTT and/or complete two years of legal experience - of which one year must be in practising English law. Such work experience must have been undertaken in three areas of common law, and must have covered contentious and non-contentious areas of practice. QLTT candidates must complete the process and qualify as English solicitors by 31 August 2013.

For many QLTT candidates, this was the hardest element of the QLTT criteria to meet. Barring the support of firms already employing QLTT candidates, many found it difficult to secure any sort of legal work in volatile economic conditions, let alone sufficient exposure to the three areas of common law required to meet the QLTT experience criteria.

The SRA’s announcement was likely prompted by the realisation that many candidates would fail to meet the experience criteria before the expiry of their Certificates of Eligibility in August 2013, losing forever their opportunity to qualify as English solicitors through the QLTT route.

The SRA has further stated that it will consider, on a case by case basis, applications extend the expiry date of QLTT Certificates of Eligibility that have expired since November 2011 or are about to expire in the next few months. This means even more QLTT candidates can take advantage of this opportunity. The maximum extension will be until 31 August 2013.
The QLTS assessments are provided by Kaplan QLTS, appointed by the SRA as the sole assessment provider. In order to maintain the integrity of the assessments, Kaplan QLTS is not allowed to offer preparatory courses for the QLTS assessments.

The OSCE and TLST assessments are only run twice per year, with the latest round of assessments taking place in April 2012. This leaves a rapidly closing window within which QLTT candidates can sit the OSCE and TLST assessments before the expiry of their Certificates of Eligibility next year.

Those who wish to take advantage of these changes would be well-advised to start preparing now for the next round of assessments.

QLTS School is the leading provider of training and preparation courses exclusively for the QLTS assessments. One of the first to offer preparation courses for the pilot assessments, QLTS School maintains a successful track record of thorough, flexible and personalised preparation and ancillary support for each component of the QLTS assessments. QLTS School is fully prepared to assist QLTT candidates wishing to take advantage of the changes, providing personalised training, one-on-one tuition and top-quality materials to help them study and prepare for these crucial final OSCE and TLST rounds that stand between them and admission to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales and obtaining their practising certificates.

Finish the long road to qualification and gain the prestigious qualification of an English Solicitor with QLTS School – learn more about the process.

About QLTS School: Based in London, UK, QLTS School is the premier provider of QLTS courses and consulting services for the QLTS assessments, which replaced the QLTT (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test) in September 2010. The company offers courses for the three assessments of the QLTS: Multiple Choice Test (MCT), Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and Technical Legal Skills Test (TLST). The course program is fully comprehensive yet flexible in delivery, based on textbooks, online resources and tutor support and is also accessible to lawyers outside the UK. To learn more about QLTS School, visit | Tel + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | US 888 593 8222 | Email: info(at)qlts(dot)co(dot)uk

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