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Why and how the SQE can work

The example of the qualified lawyers transfer scheme shows it is possible to create high-quality exams catering for large numbers of prospective solicitors, writes Eileen Fry

16 February 2017

The solicitors qualifying exam is not a step into the unknown. A large-scale high-quality centralised assessment governing admission as a solicitor of England and Wales and similar to the proposed SQE already exists: the qualified lawyers transfer scheme. QLTS has been run by Kaplan since 2011 on behalf of the SRA. The QLTS assessments provide a route whereby lawyers from other jurisdictions and barristers of England and Wales can become solicitors.

Like the SQE, stage 1 of QLTS is an extensive multiple choice test. The QLTS MCT is a computer-based test delivered worldwide assessing applied legal knowledge. The questions test the application of fundamental legal principles to realistic fact patterns, not esoteric topics or the ability to cite cases or isolated facts. Well-designed multiple choice questions are particularly appropriate for such a high-stakes professional exam because they can ...

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