Hi all, yesterday I met with a fellow foreign qualified lawyer that completed the QLTS last year – let’s call her Lucy – she is going to be our first QLTS success story!
We had a fantastic conversation and I asked her a lot of questions, and she was kind enough to share with me some of her tips for success.
Lucy is qualified in a common law jurisdiction, and that has to be taken into account when considering how long she did study for the QLTS.
Lucy works for one of the big multinational law firms, and it’s interesting to hear that her boss told her to complete the QLTS in order to progress her career. It means that, at least in this instance, the QLTS is really meaningful and valuable in the legal job market and can open the door for new work opportunities.
Also, her job paid for the whole process, including the registration fees and the preparation course she took with QLTS School. About the provider she confirmed she was very happy with the material and the support provided, and that nothing else was needed.
She studied while working full time, evenings and weekends for three months, and passed the MCT (and OSCE) at first attempt.
Approximately the same amount of study was needed for the OSCE, but Lucy waited for a long period before she took the exam and that slowed her pace. In fact, one of the tips she gave me is to sit the OSCE as soon as possible once you passed the MCT, otherwise you’ll loose the momentum and a lot of what you already studied.
She also stressed the importance of review notes and tests, as they give you an objective evaluation of your preparation and identify areas that need more study.
Also, remember that we are dealing with a particular situation:
- Lucy is incredibly brilliant and smart
- She’s a real hard-worker, probably one of the best I’ve ever seen
- The common-law background and the fact of being a native speaker are an absolute advantage
Hopefully this is helpful for everyone, and remember to share all the QLTS success stories!