From November 2021, the QLTS will be substituted by a common assessment that all domestic and overseas candidates will take before qualifying: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, or SQE. The transitional arrangements will apply depending on the factors below:
If you are exempt from QLTS MCT:
- Fully exempt, for example LPC graduates – must clear QLTS OSCE in 2021 and apply for admission until 31 August 2021, or obtain a waiver and apply for admission until 31 December 2021.
- Partially exempt, for example Scottish solicitors – must clear QLTS OSCE similar to LPC graduates, or may instead pass SQE2 from April 2022.
For more details, please watch the video below.
The video explains QLTS OSCE transitional arrangements introduced by the SRA for the candidates who are fully exempt (e.g., LPC graduates) or partially exempt (e.g., those from Scotland, EU, etc.).
If you are not exempt from QLTS MCT:
- Foreign qualified lawyers who have already cleared QLTS MCT – must either pass QLTS OSCE by 31 August 2022, or SQE2 by 31 August 2023.
- Foreign qualified lawyers who have not yet cleared QLTS MCT – must pass MCT before 1 September 2021 and clear QLTS OSCE on the same conditions as stated in para (a) above.
For more details, please watch the below video. The video explains the transitional arrangements made on the way of introducing the SQE.
It is relevant for those foreign qualified lawyers who wish to qualify as solicitors via the QLTS, and have either passed the QLTS MCT or not.