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The Ultimate Preparation Course for the QLTS Assessments

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    • The Ultimate QLTS Preparation Course Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme The fast-track route to become a dual-qualified English solicitor www.QLTS.co.uk
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 2 QLTS School - Your Next Step Key Facts QLTS School is the market leader for training and consulting services for the QLTS assessments. We serve individual lawyers and the world’s top law firms. We are the only training provider focused exclusively on offering courses for the QLTS since its introduction in 2010. This is what makes our training courses unique: „„ Flexible, comprehensive and cost-effective course programmes for the two parts of the QLTS assessment „„ Professionally written textbooks that comprehensively cover all legal practice areas required by the SRA „„ Summaries of the main legal concepts and key areas of each subject „„ Extensive online resources and an advanced online training system „„ Periodic updates for the course material „„ Dozens of mock tests covering the two elements of the QLTS „„ A video library with online tutorials and professional presentations, available to watch on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices „„ Practical exercises, skills workshops and personal training „„ Preparation days and revision courses in London „„ Expert tutors drawn from University Law Lecturers and SRA External Examiners on the Legal Practice Course (LPC), experienced in teaching international candidates for the QLTS assessments „„ Remote access to LexisLibrary and Westlaw databases, exclusively offered to our candidates – no need to go to any physical library „„ Special arrangements and unique programmes for international candidates based outside the UK
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 3 Key Facts QLTS School candidates achieve consistently higher pass rates than those who do not take the course with QLTS School. We have a proven track record of candidates who passed the assessments on their first attempt and are now dual-qualified English solicitors. You can learn about the journeys of some of our successful candidates – and advice on what works and what doesn’t for those on the road to dual qualification – on our website. Taking the course with us will give you the confidence and content you need to ensure that you are fully prepared for the QLTS assessments. We will help you to boost your career and transform you into the in-demand lawyer of the future – a dual-qualified English solicitor. “The QLTS School team has been absolutely phenomenal and it is an absolute joy speaking to them. They have managed our expectations from the beginning of our conversation and provided everything we wanted.” Phillip Westermeyer Learning and Development Manager Baker & McKenzie LLP
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 4 What is the QLTS? The QLTS is the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme, the fast-track route for international lawyers, and barristers in England and Wales, to qualify as English solicitors. The scheme is administered by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulatory body of the The Law Society of England and Wales, ensuring candidate assessment is both rigorous and fair.
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 5 Why become an English solicitor? There are numerous reasons to become qualified in English law. While taking the QLTS will undoubtedly enhance your legal career, this qualification will also improve your professional profile and knowledge, and provide you with diverse and unique opportunities. By investing in the QLTS you are investing in yourself – you can work in any international law firm in the world with a base in the UK or other EU countries. You can practise law cross-border, work in London or other cities in England, Europe or further afield. Or you may choose to stay in your current jurisdiction and offer additional legal services to your existing clients. Whatever your reason for becoming an English solicitor, you will benefit: English law is held in high esteem; London is among the leading legal centres in the world; and as a dual-qualified lawyer, you will be a valuable and trusted international legal adviser. Becoming an English solicitor may mean: „„ Discovering new career opportunities „„ Working as a solicitor in England and Wales „„ Enhancing your professional profile, reputation and marketability in your home jurisdiction „„ Offering a wider range of legal services to your clients „„ Gaining a foothold in the EU market „„ Winning more business and increasing your revenues
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 6 How are you assessed on the QLTS? The full range of skills required to practise English law are tested on the QLTS, including oral, written and professional. The QLTS assessments are designed to test applicants on most of the SRA’s Day One Outcomes expected of a solicitor on qualification. The assessments are divided into two parts: Part 1: Multiple Choice Test (MCT) This tests knowledge and understanding of professional conduct, solicitors’ accounts, financial regulation, property, taxation, business law, contract and tort, the English legal system, constitutional law, equity and trusts, human rights and EU law. The MCT consists of 180 multiple choice questions, divided into three-hour periods of morning and afternoon sessions, each with 90 questions. Part 2: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) This tests the skills of interviewing, advocacy, online legal research, drafting and writing. The OSCE tests these skills in the context of three legal practice areas: Business Law, Litigation (Civil and Criminal) and Property Law (Conveyancing, Wills and Probate). The OSCE is normally offered across several consecutive days. Assessment Rules „„ The MCT must be passed before the OSCE can be attempted „„ Candidates are allowed to attempt each of the MCT and OSCE three times during the five-year validity of their Certificate of Eligibility „„ Exemptions can only be granted by the SRA in certain circumstances (such as to EEA or intra-UK lawyers) „„ Candidates are not allowed to use any materials during the assessments The best analogy to the QLTS is a driving test: whilst the MCT is equivalent to the theory test element, the OSCE comprises the practical component, where you are expected to demonstrate your competence in the skills required.
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 7 Are you eligible to take the QLTS? Applicants who wish to take the assessments must first obtain a QLTS Certificate of Eligibility from the SRA. The Certificate of Eligibility simply confirms that you are entitled to practise law in your home jurisdiction and have no criminal record, disciplinary actions or other issues related to your background. There is no internship or experience requirement to complete. You only need to be a Qualified Lawyer in a Recognised Jurisdiction, and satisfy the English language requirement. A fee of £200 or £400 (depending on whether you are an International Lawyer or an EEA, intra-UK or Swiss lawyer) is payable to The Law Society for processing the application. The application form to apply for your Certificate of Eligibility, including guidance notes, can be downloaded from our website. You do not need to have a Certificate of Eligibility to begin your studies, and you can obtain your Certificate while preparing to sit the assessments.
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 8 Eligibility Criteria Recognised Jurisdictions To be eligible to apply, you must be a Qualified Lawyer in a Recognised Jurisdiction. A list of Recognised Jurisdictions is published and updated regularly on the SRA website. English Language Requirement Applicants for the QLTS will also be required to show that they have achieved the Common European Framework for Reference (CEFR) Level C2 in English. This can be demonstrated in several ways; for example by passing an English language test with an approved provider (such as the academic module of IELTS), or having your degree assessed by UK NARIC. If you are a Qualified Lawyer in any of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries or in Switzerland, you are automatically exempt from the English language requirement. Applicants who hold a degree from a university or college in a country where all higher education takes place in English are also exempt from the English language requirement. When you submit your application for a Certificate of Eligibility to the SRA, you will be asked to provide details of your test results or a copy of your academic degree certificate. If you satisfy all the SRA requirements, you will be issued a QLTS Certificate of Eligibility, which will be valid for five years from the date of issue. For questions relating to your eligibility, please contact the SRA: The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) The Cube 199 Wharfside Street Birmingham B1 1RN, UK Tel: + 44(0) 1527 504450 Email: contactcentre@sra.org.uk www.sra.org.uk The QLTS School provides full guidance and support to all its registered candidates during the issuing process. We are happy to help at every stage, to ensure that you submit the application for your Certificate of Eligibility properly.
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 9 Taking the Assessments Test Dates and Venues The assessments are offered twice a year in the UK by a sole assessment provider, Kaplan QLTS, which has been appointed by the SRA. For test dates, venues, fees and other related information regarding the assessments, please visit our website or contact the assessment provider. Following registration for the QLTS assessments, each candidate will receive an examinee number, exact locations of the testing centres and a detailed schedule of the assessments. Candidates with special needs should contact the assessment provider with a request for specific testing arrangements. Admission to the Roll of Solicitors The results of the assessments are made available a few weeks after the date of the assessments. Once you have passed the assessments and fulfilled any outstanding requirements set by the SRA, you may apply for admission to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales and get your practising certificate. If you do not intend to practise in England and Wales following successful completion of the assessments, you can still maintain your name on the Roll by paying a nominal annual fee to the SRA.
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 10 Why do you need a QLTS course provider? What is QLTS School? The assessment provider, Kaplan QLTS, is not allowed to provide preparation courses for the QLTS assessments. The scope of the material, however, is very comprehensive and of a higher standard than that expected from lawyers who followed the domestic route for qualification in England. In addition, you are allowed to attempt each of the two Parts of the QLTS only three times during the five-year validity of your Certificate of Eligibility. It is therefore extremely important that you study for the assessments with a course provider that understands your needs and will provide you with the right guidance. If you want to become an English solicitor, a big factor in determining whether you’ll pass your QLTS assessments is the course provider itself. Without excellent teaching, informative materials, a support network and experienced staff to guide you, passing will be more difficult. QLTS School is the premier provider of training and consulting services for the QLTS assessments, for both individual lawyers and the world’s leading law firms. We aim to open up career opportunities for professionals like you, to enable you to experience new paths, develop your legal knowledge and enhance the services that you offer your clients. QLTS School offers a dedicated approach to the QLTS assessments – on which we are exclusively focused, meaning that candidates really benefit from an array of advice and support that is available 24x7.
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 11 The Ultimate Preparation Course for QLTS Assessments Why take the QLTS Course with us? QLTS School offers the most comprehensive, affordable and flexible preparation courses for the QLTS assessments. Our tutors and administrative staff have been regularly attending the QLTS workshops held by the SRA in London over the last several years. We have as a result designed and developed our Ultimate Preparation Course, the most effective QLTS training available today, which reflects the SRA’s Day One Outcomes and the examiner’s requirements. Our courses, which cover each of the two Parts of the assessment, enable you to study in your preferred environment, at your own pace, and to a schedule most convenient and feasible for you – whether at home, in your office or on the move. The Ultimate Preparation Course is intended specifically for lawyers who are too fast­ moving for a face-to-face course, as it can save time and lower expenditure without losing any of the benefits of our professional guidance. With us, you study when you want, how you want and where you want. Focus We only teach for one test, the QLTS assessment. Experience Our tutors and administrative team have been preparing lawyers for the QLTS assessment since its introduction in September 2010. Professionalism Our Ultimate Preparation Course is the most comprehensive training available today. Dedicated Support We have the best tutors and a dedicated administrative team on-hand to teach, answer your queries and help you get the most from the course. Success We have a proven track record of candidates who successfully passed all QLTS assessments at their first attempt. The pass rate of our candidates is significantly higher than the overall pass rate for the assessments.
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 12 The MCT Course Our MCT course is designed to build a strong foundation in the legal concepts essential for success in the MCT assessment. The course features: „„ 11 comprehensive textbooks specifically written for the MCT, covering all legal practice areas required by the SRA „„ MCT Video Library of over 80 online tutorials with professional presentations, 35+ hours of lectures, available to watch on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices „„ QLTS Course Handbook explaining the fundamentals of the QLTS assessments, course structure, suggested study guide and test administration procedures „„ Revision notes summarising the key points and main legal principles in each subject „„ MCT Question Bank with more than 1,000 multiple choice practice questions including detailed solutions „„ 15 MCT mock tests with intermingled questions and a time limit similar to the formal test „„ Free updates for the course materials „„ Optional tutor support, initial guidance and a tailor made study plan prepared by a senior tutor The multiple choice questions, mock tests, video library, revision notes and updates for the course materials are accessible through our MCT online training system. Access to the MCT online training system is for 12 months, commencing on the first day of registration, or until you have passed the MCT, whichever happens first. Why do you need to take a course for the MCT assessment? The MCT is not just another standard examination. The pass mark is determined by a ‘Standard Setting Panel’ convened by the SRA based on the standards expected of a newly qualified solicitor. That means you must meet rigorous and robust criteria in order to pass. If you’ve sat a multiple choice test in the past, you’ll know that practising as many mock exam questions as possible is the key to your success. You need to be comfortable with the format and type of questions the examiner uses in the actual test. This way, you’ll be prepared, not surprised, when test day arrives. This is reflected in the overall pass rate of the MCT which is markedly low (about 55%-60%). The pass rate of our candidates is constantly over 80%. Taking the QLTS School’s MCT course will dramatically improve your prospects of success and give you a significant advantage over candidates who have not been studying through a structured course. “I have recently passed the MCT and had a great experience with QLTS School. The books were very comprehensive and adequately covered the topics of the assessment. The on-going support I received from the administrative staff was also extremely helpful.” Chul Won Lee, former QLTS School candidate (qualified in South Korea) who passed the assessments on his first attempt
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 13 Key Benefits „„ Over 80 video lessons with professional presentations, spanning 35 + hours of lectures and providing a broad overview of the SRA syllabus „„ Will help you learn and develop a deep understanding of every subject area, allowing you to test confidently and achieve a higher score „„ Learn On The Go – you can watch the videos anytime, from anywhere in the world, on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices „„ No need to travel to a study venue or attend expensive classroom lessons „„ Complete a comprehensive overview of the entire syllabus in less than a week „„ Recommended for those who work full- time and therefore have limited time to prepare for the MCT QLTS School’s MCT Video Library The most enjoyable and efficient learning tool to prepare for the MCT assessment! A Simple Approach – Watch, Learn, Practise The MCT Video Library makes your preparation for the MCT much faster and more convenient, with dozens of video tutorials which guide you from day one of your studies all the way through to test day.  The MCT Video Library is based on our proven, straightforward and professionally written textbooks that helped hundreds of lawyers from all around the world to pass the MCT on the first attempt. The videos are an ideal complement to the textbooks, providing you with further means to absorb information and developing good, solid knowledge of the subjects tested in the MCT assessment. The videos can shorten your preparation time considerably, helping you balance your studies with family and work commitments. View the free demo of the MCT Video Library on our QLTS Video Channel and see how you can quickly get to grips with each subject Try it Free! Watch Now!
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 14 Fee Structure – MCT Course Features MCT Basic MCT Advantage MCT Premium 11 professionally written textbooks covering Outcomes A1-A11 Over 1,000 multiple choice practice questions 15 mock tests (90 questions each) similar to the formal MCT Free periodic updates for the course materials Revision notes summarising the main legal concepts and key areas 2 hours of tutor support Initial guidance and a tailor-made study plan prepared by a senior tutor Fees £890 £1,190 £1,490 Our most popular Access to the MCT Video Library QLTS Course Handbook The MCT textbooks will be sent to you by special courier. Delivery is free within the UK, £40 to Europe and the U.S. and £90 to other destinations. You will also be provided with a unique username and password to log into the MCT online training system. Intra-UK applicants are entitled to a discount in their MCT course fees: „„ English barristers – £490 (textbooks, videos tutorials, practice questions, revision notes and mock tests) „„ Irish solicitors – £390 (special package with the Property Law textbook, video tutorials, revision notes and 200 multiple choice questions similar to the formal test) „„ Scottish solicitors – three packages are available: Basic – £590, Advantage – £790, and Premium – £990
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 15 The OSCE Course While the MCT element merely tests your knowledge of academic law, the OSCE practical assessment aims to test higher level of knowledge, understanding and ability to accurately advise clients using a variety of skills in all three legal practice areas. What makes our OSCE course unique? Studying for the OSCE assessment requires more than simply reading through textbooks or attending lectures or seminars, as you may have done during your formative legal studies. The focus is firmly on you mastering and displaying considerable legal knowledge in the relevant legal practice areas, as well as foundation subjects, and successfully using the skills expected of a practising solicitor. Our course is therefore designed to bridge the gap between your academic study and legal skills, which can only be gained through practical experience. From day one an expert tutor will be guiding you through a programme customised for your particular needs and goals. Our expert tutors are drawn from Qualified Solicitors and Barristers, University Law Lecturers and SRA External Examiners on the Legal Practice Course. The OSCE course features: „„ An initial interview with one of our senior tutors to assess your experience and level of training and tuition required „„ Detailed tailor-made study plan prepared by our senior tutor, designed specifically to meet your personal needs and requirements „„ OSCE Course Guide „„ Expert guidance and direct contact with experienced tutors during the course „„ Exam-type practice questions with answer guides for self-assessment „„ Free periodic updates for the course materials „„ Mock tests in the five skills of the assessment, with one-to-one tutor feedback based on the SRA marking criteria „„ Response to general academic enquiries „„ Personal training with one of our senior tutors „„ Networking opportunities and online peer review You can work on your personalised curriculum from a variety of locations worldwide. The nature of the course promotes flexible learning – you will be able to practise the skills whenever it suits you – making it ideal for distance or part-time learners.
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 16 Fee Structure – OSCE Course Features OSCE Basic OSCE Advantage OSCE Premium An initial interview with one of our senior tutors Detailed tailor-made study plan OSCE Course Guide Expert guidance and direct contact with your tutor Exam-type practice questions with answer guides for self- assessment Response to general academic enquiries Free periodic updates for the course materials Mock tests with online one-to- one tutor feedback, based on the SRA marking criteria 5 mock tests 7 mock tests 10 mock tests Fees £1,390 £1,890 £2,390 You will be using during the course selected LPC and skills textbooks of Oxford University Press, with access to online resources including video and audio lectures. You will also benefit from exclusive access to OUP lecturers resources, such as case studies, test banks and video clips, which otherwise may not be available. The costs of the textbooks and access to online resources of OUP are £160 plus delivery.
    • www.QLTS.co.uk Tel. + 44 (0) 207 117 6077 | Email: info@qlts.co.uk 17 Do you need further advice? Our Client Services department will be pleased to assist you with any enquiries about the QLTS programme you may have. Please feel free to contact us at: QLTS School Suite 704 6 The Broadway, Mill Hill London NW7 3LL UK Tel: + 44(0) 207 117 6077 Fax: + 44(0) 207 900 2935 Email: info@qlts.co.uk Website: www.QLTS.co.uk www.youtube.com/qltsschool www.QLTS.com/blog www.twitter.com/QLTS www.facebook.com/QLTS.School QLTS LinkedIn Group How to book your course Booking is quick and easy – you can either complete the enclosed application form or apply online on our website – get started with your preparation today! BOOK NOW QLTS training for law firms QLTS School is the premier provider of QLTS training to the world’s leading law firms. We thoroughly understand the high demands and special needs of today’s law firms and can offer your firm tailor-made training programmes to ensure successful results. Our staff will work together with your Learning and Development staff to ensure the learning process of your lawyers is as smooth and pleasant as possible. Please contact us to discuss how we can meet your firm’s needs. If you are exempt from one or more of the skills, you may be entitled to a discount in your course fees.
    • Success Stories of QLTS School’s Candidates Don’t just take our word for it – here’s what our recent candidates who passed the assessments on their first attempt say... Invaluable Resources, Complete Preparation “I don’t think I would have successfully completed the MCT and OSCE, without studying with the QLTS School. The materials they provided were so beneficial for me, that it really prepared me to know what to expect when it came to the exams. I would strongly recommend that anyone who is considering taking the QLTS assessments, study with the QLTS School.” Sarah Lothian Qualified Lawyer in Australia Flexible Study Options “Preparation for the OSCE is different than the MCT. So reading textbooks is not enough. This is where QLTS School’s tutors come into play by making the preparation easier and running mock exams with you. I felt well prepared when I came to take the assessments. I also like that this is a self-study course and that you can practise over the Internet.” Wojciech Baginski Attorney at Law (New York State), Foreign Lawyer (Poland) Practical Advice, Added Value “I prepared for the MCT with QLTS School and successfully passed on my first attempt. I initially decided not to take the preparation course for the OSCE with QLTS School, but I had difficulties in preparing on my own, so I have decided to take the preparation course with QLTS School again, and then I successfully passed the OSCE.” Kyoungho Kim Dual Qualified Lawyer in South Korea and England and Wales Very Positive Experience, Extremely Helpful Tutors “My experience with QLTS School was very positive. There was an enormous number of practice questions so I felt very well prepared for the MCT assessment. For the OSCE, I have found my tutor extremely helpful. She had ideas and tips that I would have not thought of myself, as the tutor was an experienced exam assessor and knew exactly what the assessor at the exam would expect of me.” Sharika Nair Qualified Lawyer in India Watch the full video interview Watch the full video interview Watch the full video interview Watch the full video interview
    • Build Your Confidence “QLTS School’s preparation meant I felt at ease during the MCT. In the OSCE, as soon as I started the interviewing and the writing, I felt very confident, because I was very well prepared with QLTS School.” Adriana Guerra Speight Qualified Lawyer in Mexico and Solicitor in England and Wales Check Your Progress with Practice Assessments “QLTS School were very good, especially with the MCT mock exams and the mock interviews for the OSCE. I felt very well prepared when I came to take the MCT as I worked through many mock exams before the MCT itself. I would recommend the QLTS School course to anyone who needs guidance with the materials and the exams in general.” Tanja Patt Qualified Lawyer in Germany and Solicitor in England and Wales Absolutely Necessary to have a Training Course before Taking the Assessments “I have found that the mocks exams were very helpful to be done with a tutor, as well as working together and getting feedback on those exams. The more exams you can do the better. I have in fact encouraged our new counsels that are joining our company that they should also take the Premium Course to be able to have even access to more of those, which I consider to be essential for the preparation.” Stephen Kines Qualified Lawyer in the US (NY and Washington DC) and Canada (Ontario) Practical, No-Nonsense Advice and Materials “I think the MCT question bank was very useful. The mock tests simulated the format and style of the questions in the exam. That prepared me well for the actual assessment. The summary materials provided for the MCT were also useful. Being qualified in another jurisdiction will certainly help my career in the long term.” Alex McGregor Qualified Lawyer in Australia and Solicitor in England and Wales More Success Stories are Available on QLTS School’s Website Watch the full video interview Watch the full video interview Watch the full video interview Watch the full video interview