SOLICITOR / ADVOCATE

Qualifying from abroad to work in England and Wales

Course Overview

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) provides an opportunity for lawyers from various countries around the world to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales. The scheme is administered by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulatory body of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme. The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme helps you become a solicitor of England and Wales if you are already a qualified lawyer in one of our recognised jurisdictions such Pakistan

Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) is a series of tests for the license to practice as solicitor in England and Wales designed for foreign licensed attorneys. QLTS supplants the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT).

MCL offers the preparation for QLTS
MCL have trained hundreds of foreign lawyers for the QLTS since 20O9 and
look forward to helping you too succeed in the assessments.and to work in England

Course Content

Part I MCT
covering all areas of practice required by the SRA in Outcomes A1-A11: The English Legal System & EU Law, Constitutional Law & Judicial Review, Professional Conduct & Solicitors’ Accounts, Financial Regulation & Taxation, Property, Contracts Law, Torts, Criminal Law, Equity & Trusts, Business Law, and Human Rights

Part II
OSCE assessment
Course which covers the structure, methodology and marking criteria of the practical assessment, study guides, and test administration procedures, protocols and policies
OSCE practice area summaries with the essential elements of the law on each of the legal practice areas such as Interviewing
Advocacy/Oral Presentation
Legal Writing
Legal Drafting; and
Online Legal Research

The courses also covering the OSCE assessment tests requirement the skills in the context of three legal practice areas:

Business Law
Litigation (Civil and Criminal); and
Property Law (Conveyancing, Wills and Probate

Assessments

QLTS Assessments – The Fast Track Route for Dual-Qualification as an English Solicitor
The QLTS consists of two assessments:

Part I – Multiple Choice Test (MCT) – tests the knowledge and understanding of Outcomes A1-A11. The MCT consists of 180 multiple choice questions, each with five possible answers. The assessment is divided into two periods of two hours and 45 minutes each, with 90 questions in each session.

Part II – Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) – tests the skills of Interviewing, Advocacy/Oral Presentation, Online Legal Research, Legal Drafting and Legal Writing in the context of three legal practice areas – Business Law and Practice, Litigation (Civil and Criminal) and Property Law. The OSCE runs across several consecutive days.

Assessment Rules

You must first pass the MCT before attempting the OSCE
There is no restriction on the number of assessment attempts you may take, nor a time limit for completing the two assessments within a certain time period
There is no experience requirement or training to complete under the QLTS
All assessment are closed-book – you cannot bring with you any supporting materials into the examination centre
EU and Intra-UK lawyers may be eligible to obtain exemptions from some of the elements of the assessments

Eligibility Criteria

While there are no formal steps you need take before taking the QLTS assessments, you must be a Qualified Lawyer in a Recognised Jurisdiction before you apply for admission as an English solicitor (after completion of the assessments). A list of Recognised Jurisdiction is published at the SRA website. The list includes among other countries most of the jurisdictions in the USA, Australia, all EU member states, South Africa, Nigeria, Japan, China, South Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Canada, Russia, India, Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil and Israel.

You also need to ensure that you are entitled to practise law in your jurisdiction, and have no criminal record, disciplinary actions or other issues related to your background.

There is no English language requirement under the QLTS although you should ensure that your standard of written, spoken, reading, and listening English is appropriate for the assessment otherwise you are unlikely to pass it.

Sitting the Assessments
The assessments are administered by a sole assessment provider, Kaplan QLTS, which has been appointed by the SRA. Kaplan is not authorised to offer preparatory courses for the assessments.

MCL - QLTS Training

MCL law School offers preparation courses for the assessments, which combine comprehensive textbooks, video tutorials, online resources and tutor support. Our course programmes will give you everything you need to complete the assessments successfully on your first attempt and become an English solicitor – in just a few months.

Assessment and exam Plan

Exams dates and fees: MCT – 8 January & 8 July 2020 – fees are £565 + VAT. May & November 2020. All the assessments are held in London, UK. The MCT is also offered by computer-based assessment in London and other cities in the UK and Europe, India, Dubai, New York, Moscow, Beijing, Sydney, Istanbul, Tokyo, Singapore and Johannesburg.

Fee

Part 1 : Tution Fee: Rs 250,000

Part 2 : Tution Fee: Rs 300,000

Part 3 : KAPLAN (Pearson) examination and assessment fee to be confirmed

Where can I Practice

England Solicitor’s Qualifications

QLTS recognised world wide

International lawyer -Where will I be able to practice law?
Passing the QLTS not only licenses you as a solicitor in England and Wales, but also may confer a right to practice in many other jurisdictions including:

Alberta Isle of Man Saskatchewan
Anguilla Israel Singapore
Antigua and Barbuda Jamaica South Africa
Bahamas
Malaysia
South Australia
Barbados
Manitoba
St. Lucia
Belize
Montserrat St. Kitts
and Nevis
Bermuda
Newfoundland
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
British Columbia New South Wales Tasmania
British Virgin Islands New Zealand Trinidad and Tobago
Cayman Islands Northern Territory Turks and Caicos
Dominica North West Territory Victoria
Grenada Nova Scotia Western Australia
Guyana Ontario
Yukon Territory
Hong Kong
Papua New Guinea
Zambia
India
Prince Edward Island

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