5 Reasons to Take the QLTS

By Steve Levin,
BARBRI Director of Essay Testing

As a practising attorney, you know the job can be both intellectually challenging and extremely fulfilling. You are continually called upon to apply your knowledge of the law and use your interpersonal skills to meet the needs of your clients.

Businesses rely on you for matters ranging from legal compliance to commercial transactions. Individuals may look to you to guide them through matters as simple as the purchase of property or estate planning, or to assist them in finding legal remedies that protect their basic rights.

Whatever the aspects of law you practise and however you represent your clients, you make your mark. Now, how about adding another notch to your belt? That of international lawyer.

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) exam offers a good route to qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales. This is important because our increasingly interconnected world has a greater need for legal services on an international and global level — and the title of English solicitor would be more than just an addition to your CV or resumé.

An international lawyer who qualifies as an English solicitor experiences a number of key benefits for their own personal development and for their career.


  1. Expand your career opportunities.
    If you pursue work with a large company or private firm, you will be able to leverage your dual-qualified status to act across borders to advise your clients on matters of international/foreign law.
  2. Practise in one of the leading centres for international legal policy and business.
    As a world leader in the provision of services, the U.K. legal profession plays a significant role in influencing the development of legal and regulatory policies internationally. Plus, London is widely recognized as a centre of the global economy and the world capital for arbitration. With a U.K. license, you will have the opportunity to experience international lawmaking and practise at its core. You will also be eligible to appear and act for clients in all Lower Courts (magistrate court, county court and tribunals) and may be qualified to appear before the Higher Courts (High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) of London.
  3. Make yourself more marketable across the globe.
    Many international law firms give preference in recruitment to candidates who can exhibit both multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional legal expertise, and most common-law countries offer professional recognition to solicitors.
  4. Enhance your professional profile and reputation in your home jurisdiction.
    You will be qualified to offer a wider range of legal services to your employer and existing clients, whether you focus on transactional work or dispute resolution ¾ whether in matters involving state law or English law.
  5. Win more business and increase your revenues.
    It probably goes without saying, but passing the QLTS and becoming an international lawyer will open doors to more clients who will see you as a smart legal partner. With more business, you advance your earnings potential.


Nearly 15 percent of all current admissions to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales are through the QLTS. QLTS Prep by BARBRI courses prepare you to master the QLTS with materials specifically tailored toward the exam. It’s one reason to choose BARBRI as your partner when you decide to enhance your career.

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