The SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) is proposing a radical change in how solicitors (all solicitors, not only foreign qualified) qualify in the UK.
This new proposal, called Solicitor Qualifying Examination (SQE), “would ensure consistent high standards of entry into the profession, providing confidence for the public and employers”.
In fact solicitors can qualify in the UK following several paths – being the QLTS one of those – and therefore there is no guarantee that all solicitors can guarantee a minimum standard of knowledge, skills and experience.
The SRA is trying to come up with a standardised way of assessing all trainee solicitors, which will most certainly include the QLTS.
It is very early to say what will be of the current QLTS process, but according to the QLTS School the SQE is likely to be modeled on the QLTS.
I’ll keep you posted!