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QLTS - Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme

The Legal Services Board (LSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have approved the QLTS, a new scheme for lawyers qualified overseas and other lawyers qualified in the UK, who wish to be admitted as solicitors in England and Wales. The QLTS, also known as the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme, replaced the previous regime, the QLTT exams.

Under the new QLTS, which came took effect in September 2010, the SRA introduced three separate assessment schemes: one for qualified UK solicitors, one for overseas lawyers qualified in international jurisdictions and an aptitude test for lawyers qualified in Europe.

All foreign lawyers seeking admission in England and Wales need to attempt three assessments:
1. Multiple Choice Test (MCT)
2. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
3. Technical Legal Skills Test (TLST)

The assessments are administered by a sole assessment provider on behalf of the SRA. The new scheme is also open up a wider variety of jurisdictions for qualified lawyers to transfer from, such as Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Turkey and others. Most of the jurisdictions previously recognised by the QLTT are now also recognised by the QLTS (for example, US attorneys from most States or Australian lawyers are still eligible to apply).

Since September 1, 2010, the SRA began to issue a QLTS Certificate of Eligibility for candidates who plan to sit the assessments. The QLTT is still offered until August 2013 for those candidates who have obtained their QLTT Certificate of Eligibility on or before August 31, 2010. 

Unlike the QLTT, there is no experience requirement or training to complete under the new QLTS. Candidates who hold a QLTT Certificate of Eligibility can still take advantage of the removal of the experience requirement and apply for a new QLTS Certificate of Eligibility.

For more information about the QLTS visit http://www.qlts.co.uk/qlts-assessments/overview

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