The legal industry is becoming increasingly competitive worldwide, with firms proving to be even more selective about the professionals they choose to bring on board. As the sector prepares for the further globalisation of the legal industry, cross-qualification is becoming an important requirement for individuals looking to get ahead and firms who wish to expand their offering. The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) allows legal professionals to dual-qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales, a prestigious addition to any CV. However, the method for cross-qualification will be changing from September 2021 with the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) meaning that the QLTS route into qualification will eventually be phased out. So why should you choose the QLTS now and why should BARBRI be a part of your journey? Well, here are five reasons…
1. Reach your goals quickly
Have you set your professional aspirations and long-term goals? If this sounds like you, you’ll already know how important it is to put measurable benchmarks in place and to implement various (realistic) steps to help you get there. If you’re looking to demonstrate your practical skills and practise law across a variety of regions to support your firm’s global impact, the QLTS can help you get there now instead of waiting for the SQE in 2021. Nearly 15% of all current admission to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales are through the QLTS, proving its success thus far.
2. Take advantage of virtual learning
With many countries across the world still under lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19, it has put a halt to business operations and for some, this has also included team development time. However, BARBRI offers a complete suite of online legal courses (and have been doing so for quite some time), including QLTS Prep. This means that students can still get the full QLTS experience from the comfort of their own homes – and they’re encouraged to. With a mix of online learning materials and tutors to help keep learners engaged, distance learning isn’t a problem.
3. Experience a supportive, personalised approach
You may have already worked alongside BARBRI in the past for your bar exam or perhaps you’ve not yet had the pleasure. But we’ve been operating in the legal training industry for over 50 years and have the experience needed to get you over that line. Over 1000 people take the QLTS annually and the pass rates can vary but at BARBRI, our pass rate is 78% among first-time takers. Plus, we receive positive feedback time and time again from our students worldwide, particularly regarding the one-to-one support they received. So, when working with us, you can rest assured that you will get a personalised experience with all the guidance and support you need to get the results to succeed.
4. Accelerate your career progression
You may have set your own goals, but your manager/leader will also look to align your personal objectives to that of the firm’s business targets and growth plans. It’s always good to bear this in mind and to be able to demonstrate what you bring as an individual to the firm to aid progression. Whether you want to cross qualify for practical reasons including relocation or perhaps you’re looking to add a competitive edge, it will make you invaluable to your employer. QLTS will allow you to act on behalf of all clients in England and Wales and will allow you to practise under a wider jurisdiction, supporting clients on international legal matters, which will undoubtedly support your career prospects.
5. Access the support you need
No matter how capable we are, we all need a little extra support sometimes. Plus, it can be daunting to start any new training programme, particularly if it is a financial investment in your career. But with BARBRI, you can access support throughout the QLTS process from the moment you sign up with our sales team. Our pastoral care programme includes a mentor who is individually assigned to you for your MCT course to provide motivation and guidance throughout your study. Plus, you’ll be provided with a tutor for the OSCE who will be able to supply one-to-one practice with scheduled practice sessions through four scheduled calls. You’ll also receive written feedback from your tutor on any practice submissions, meaning our team will be with you throughout.
Your decision will ultimately be driven by timelines – how quickly do you want to cross-qualify? What professional goals do you already have in place? If you sign up now to the QLTS, you can rest assured that you won’t be disregarded once the SQE is introduced in 2021 and you won’t have to change qualification routes. Those who have cleared the QLTS MCT will be able to sit for the OSCE until 2022. So if you’re worried that you won’t have time to complete the full course by Autumn, there are considerations in place for you.
If you have any further questions, we’re here to help. So, for more information, speak to our team today>>>