Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT)

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Important note: The QLTT is no longer in force. Application must now be made through the QLTS. The information below is therefore not up-do-date.

The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) is a conversion Test, which previously allowed lawyers qualified in certain countries outside England and Wales to qualify as English solicitors. The QLTT was replaced in September b2010 y newer scheme, the QLTS (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme) which is now in force. 






The Test was first introduced following the adoption of EC Directive No. 89/48/EEC by the Council of European Communities and the introduction of The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations 1990 by the Council of the Law Society of England and Wales. The QLTT is administered by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulation arm of the Law Society.






The QLTT consists of three written Heads and one oral Head:



Head 1: Property



Head 2: Litigation



Head 3: Professional Conduct and Accounts



Head 4: Principles of Common Law (the oral Head)






The SRA sets the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test specification. The assessment is administered by SRA's Test Providers.






The maximum score required to pass a written Head/s is 50 (out of a possible 100). In addition, candidates must pass both part of the Professional Conduct and Accounts paper.






Prior to making an application to sit the Test, you must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the SRA. This will specify exactly which Heads of the Test you have to take and may notify you with additional requirements for further period of training. Find out more about the Certificate of Eligibility. 






Not all candidates are required to take all four Heads of the Test. The SRA will determine which subjects you are required to pass upon your primary professional and academic qualifications.


To find out which Heads of the QLTT you are required to pass, please answer the question below:


In which of the following courts have you primarily been qualified
as a lawyer?

The details above are based on the Schedule of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations and are subject to changes according to the Law Society discretion.

Admission as an English solicitor



Usually, the results of the exams are made available within six to eight weeks after the examination. Once you have passed the exam and fulfilled any other outstanding conditions of the Certificate of Eligibility, you may apply for admission to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales and get your practicing certificate.






Special Needs



Candidates who suffer from a disability or have special needs which may require specific examination arrangements, should supply full details of their disability with supporting documentation, at the time of applying to sit for the test or as soon as reasonably possible thereafter.

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