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Frequently Asked Questions

If the newly qualified advocate doesn't have two year experience can he apply for the Certificate of Eligibility?

What work experience is required?

What do I need to do before I apply?

How to apply?

How much tuition do I have to take?

What support will I be given?

What will be required of me in the tests?

How quickly will I get my test results?

What happens if I fail one Head?

What is a Certificate of Eligibility?

Do I have to pay for it?

How long does it take to come through?

How much tuition do I have to take?

How long will it take me to prepare to take the QLTT?

How many times may I take the test?

How often do you hold the sittings?

What happens if I fail one Head?

What must candidates be able to do to pass the test?

Where are the test venues in India?

What happens to my candidature in case of illness?

What happens to Candidates with special needs?

What in case of any Complaints?

Can a law graduate enroll as a solicitor of England & Wales?

 


If the newly qualified advocate doesn't have two year experience can he apply for the Certificate of Eligibility?
Yes, a newly qualified advocate can apply for the Certificate of Eligibility.  If he/she does not have two years practicing experience as an advocate, the Law Society may consider pre-enrolment (enrolment with the State Bar Council) experience as paralegal, legal clerk, legal executive and issue a Certificate of Eligibility with the additional condition that the candidate must gain further experience prior to making an application for admission to the Roll of Solicitor of England and Wales.  To fulfil the additional requirement of the Certificate of Eligibility, a candidate is required to work for a specific period (mentioned in the Certificate of Eligibility) in a Solicitors’ office in England and Wales in the practice of English Law (subject to the Law Society requirements).

What work experience is required?
None is universally prescribed, but The Law Society may be able to assist you in the context of your application for the Certificate of Eligibility.

 

What do I need to do before I apply?
It is essential to have first obtained a Certificate of Eligibility from the Law Society of England and Wales.  Details of their requirements can be found on the Law Society’s website at www.lawsociety.org.uk.  Please remember, however that the Law Society takes about 8 weeks to issue a certificate, following receipt of an application.  They will not agree to expedite this for you! You will also need to give some thought to how you intend to structure your study and preparation for the tests. 

 

How to apply?
You can apply either on-line or by manually completing our booking form.

 

How much tuition do I have to take?
There is no compulsory tuition requirement.

 

What support will I be given?
We are always available to deal with administrative queries and concerns by e-mail (info@qltt.in or qltt@oxilp.co.uk) and over the telephone.  For students who are not attending our Summer School, we will endeavour to deal with questions of an academic nature as soon as possible and in any event within 7 days.

 

What will be required of me in the tests?
You will need to:

  • Extract information from documents and/or legal forms
  • Identify the legal problems presented in a practical factual scenario
  • Show a clear understanding of substantive legal knowledge, where appropriate
  • Apply substantive legal knowledge to practical problems
  • Suggest appropriate solutions to legal problems
  • Explain the reasoning for your answers with appropriate reference to authorities.

 

How quickly will I get my test results?
This will depend on which Head you are taking.  For Head III, we guarantee to forward results to candidates within 14 days of receipt of the scripts in Oxfor.  None of the other QLTT providers promises to do this as quickly!  For the other Head we undertake to forward results to candidates within 28 days of their last test.

 

What happens if I fail one Head?
You need only re-sit the particular Head that you have failed.

 

What is a Certificate of Eligibility?
It is the document you must obtain from the Solicitors Regulation Authority before your application to sit the QLTT can be accepted by a Test provider.  It will set out the individual requirements for admission to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.  Once granted the Certificate of Eligibility lasts for three years.

 

Do I have to pay for it?
The Solicitors Regulation Authority charges £400

 

How long does it take to come through?
It can take 8 weeks or more.  So you should apply in good time before you make your application to sit for the QLTT. 

 

How much tuition do I have to take?
There is no compulsory tuition requirement. 

 

How long will it take me to prepare to take the QLTT?
This is difficult to estimate, as individuals vary and it may also depend on how you choose to prepare for the Test. 

  • Self Teach (distance learning) package

Our tutors estimate that it would take a candidate the following minimum lengths of time to work through the materials:

Head III Professional conduct and money laundering: 18 hours
FSMA: 12 hours
Solicitors Accounts: 24 - 30 hours
  • Tuition courses (Oxford only)
  Length of tuition course
Head III 15 contact hours (2½ days)
  • Revision classes (Oxford only)
  Length of revision class
Head III 5 hours

You will need to allow time to work alone to prepare for the Test in addition to time spent in class either in tuition courses or in revision classes.

 

How many times may I take the test?
There is no limit on the number of attempts you may make of the Test.  However, after three years you will need to apply to the Solicitors Regulation Authority for another Certificate of Eligibility.  We levy a charge for additional sittings of the Test.

 

How often do you hold the sittings?
We hold the sittings three times a year, usually in November, around March and in August.

 

What happens if I fail one Head?
You need only re-sit the particular Head that you have failed. 

 

What must candidates be able to do to pass the test?
The written Test for Head III will require candidates to:

  • Extract information from documents and/or legal forms
  • Identify the legal problems presented in a practical factual scenario
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of substantive legal knowledge, where appropriate
  • Apply substantive legal knowledge to practical problems
  • Suggest appropriate solutions to legal problems

 

Where are the test venues in India?
The Test is administered in India for the Institute by the Examinations Division of the British Council. Details of the Test venues will be provided by individual email to candidates before they take the Test. Candidates are suggested to stay in touch with Sunrise/ALSR to update themselves of the time and venue of the test.

 

What happens to my candidature in case of illness?
As stated in our terms and conditions, the General Registration Fee covers 3 sittings of the Test. If you consider before taking an assessment that your performance may be affected by medical or other circumstances, you may defer taking the assessment to the next sitting. Where possible, you should notify the QLTT Administrator at Sunrise (Mr C M Seth) before the Test begins. Please note that if you commence a Test, that will count as one of the 3 sittings to which you are entitled under the General Registration Fee, regardless of whether you actually complete the Test.

 

What happens to Candidates with special needs?
The Oxford Institute of Legal Practice welcomes diversity amongst its students, candidates, staff and visitors, recognising the particular contributions that can be made by individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experience.  It is committed to offering the widest access to its educational services, based on principles of equality of opportunity.  Its Equal Opportunities Policy is at Appendix 3.

Any candidate who has a special need arising out of an illness, disability or other problem should raise this with the QLTT Director (in the UK) or the QLTT Administrator at Sunrise, at the time of applying to sit the Test or registering to take a tuition course or revision class (whichever is the earliest).  We will provide information about the facilities we can offer to support candidates. 

If the nature of the special need requires a reasonable adjustment to be made to a Test the candidate must make a written request to the Institute for that adjustment to be made, at the time of applying to sit the Test.  The request must be addressed to the QLTT Director and supported by appropriate written medical evidence.   

A reasonable adjustment means a variation to an assessment or assessment procedure which, without changing the essential nature or contents of the assessment, enables the candidate with special needs to take the assessment on equivalent terms to other candidates.   Examples of such adjustments are extra time, the provision of a reader, or special equipment or a separate room. The QLTT Director will seek to agree the adjustment with the candidate.  However, any reasonable adjustment must also be approved by an external examiner.

 

What in case of any Complaints?
We have a complaints handling procedure details of which are set out at Appendix-4 in the Candidate Handbook.

 

Can a law graduate enroll as a solicitor of England & Wales?
No, before enrolling as a solicitor of England & Wales he/she must be enrolled with the local jurisdiction as a lawyer I.e. With the State Bar Council.

 

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