Dual qualification is a valuable asset for any foreign jurisdiction lawyer. The QLTS assessments are for lawyers who have to pass the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) set assessments to be able to practice law in England and Wales.
The QLTS is made up of the Multiple Choice Test (MCT) which is the first part that has to be passed followed by the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Therefore, the exams and assessments are a blend of knowledge of the law (hard skills) and practical assessments on your behaviour and performance (soft skills).
The MCT is a standalone computer based assessment done in one day. Your knowledge of being able to apply the fundamental legal principles of law to fact patterns is the focus of this assessment. You will be expected to have studied all the substantive areas of the common law.
The OSCE is split into two stages and both stages have to be passed in the same sitting:
OSCE - Part 1
- Client interviews
- Complete an attendance note/case analysis
- Advocacy/oral presentation
OSCE - Part 2
- Legal writing
- Legal research
- Legal drafting
The OSCE will assess you in the following areas of law: criminal and civil law, property and probate and business law.
The OSCE is assessed equally on the law and skills. Many candidates find the OSCE challenging and the focus of the workshop or coaching sessions is to help you successfully pass the OSCE practical assessments with confidence by learning how to deal with unforeseen situations or a difficult, emotional or challenging client or judge.
The focus will be on helping you convey your message with clarity, conciseness and accuracy, balancing your interpersonal skills with your legal knowledge. It will help you identify and improve your legal English (if required) and your behavioural competencies so you are at your best on the day of the assessments.
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- Help lawyers and students communicate using English correctly.
- Increase English vocabulary and use of legal vocabulary in the correct context.
- Learn about cultural awareness and when to use appropriate legal English.
- Identify their own personality and style when communication with others.
- Confidence to bridge the English language barrier and communicate with flair.
- Speak English using the correct grammar, collocation and vocabulary.
- Practise using the legal vocabulary in its correct context and authenticity.
- Deliver a presentation with confidence, clarity and conviction
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