Preparing for the QLTS exam

Preparing for the QLTS exam – 5 things you need to know

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) is the qualification required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for international lawyers seeking to cross-qualify and practice law in England and Wales. In fact, 15% of all admissions to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales are through the QLTS and with the UK legal services industry worth £30bn, it’s easy to see why so many people are keen to sit the exams. But preparation is key.

The QLTS exam itself comprises of two parts, the QLTS MCT, which is a multiple-choice test, followed by the QLTS OSCE – Objective Structured Clinical Examination. The good news is that the QLTS has been designed to allow legal professionals to work and study at the same time and in most cases qualify in under a year! Which means those already working can still enhance their career prospects and take advantage of the increased demand for cross-qualified lawyers.

To help those thinking about undertaking the QLTS exam here are ‘Five things you need to know’…

1. Don’t miss the boat

Don’t miss the opportunity to undertake the QLTS in the first place! Did you know that from September 2021 the qualification route for solicitors in England and Wales is changing? This means lawyers wishing to practice internationally from other jurisdictions will have to sit the new SQE To take the exam component of the QLTS in January 2021 and undertake the MCT portion first as is required, you need to enrol with a recognised provider as soon as possible!


2. Choose wisely 

Make sure you choose a reputable, established provider to undertake your QLTS with so that you have the best possible chance of passing. At BARBRI, we have been in the legal training business for over 50 years and have helped more than 1.3 million people pass the U.S. bar exam and become attorneys around the world. We’ve been running the QLTS since 2018 and have helped over 700 people pass the exams through access to the best teaching and learning support and technology platforms.


3. Establish good habits

It’s not always easy combining work and study, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve studied. Many of our most successful students find that setting aside regular time before work, at lunchtimes or in the evenings, or at weekends, and sticking to the routine helps them to stay focused and fit in their studies around the rest of their work and life commitments without it becoming overwhelming. Find what works for you and stick to the plan to avoid cramming!


4. Take the help on offer

As part of the BARBRI offer, all students undertaking the QLTS have access to continued one-to-one mentoring and support. Make sure you use this to both help with content for the QLTS exam and to organise your study. We even offer our students an online PSP or Personal Study Plan, which organises the material and expedites the learning process, increases retention and heightens comprehension.


5. Draw on your experience

Drawing on the experience you’ve had in your career to date can really help to bring your QLTS studies to life. Many of our students find that despite having to fit their studies around a busy working life, the fact they can relate much of what they are focussing on back to real situations they’ve encountered really helps to consolidate their learning. Don’t underestimate what you’re capable of!


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