Now that I have decided that I will sit (and hopefully pass) the exam, it’s time to create my study plan (I love planning!!).
First of all: what do I need to study? After all I am a civil law qualified lawyer, I have poor if not zero knowledge of common law and – bear in mind – English is not my first language.
This thing is going to take some time, hence I need a real good plan and possibly some tips on how to cut a couple of corners.
Let’s start from the beginning.
There is no mandatory preparation for the QLTS, according to the SRA (and that’s good news).
Anyway from a quick google search there are 2 alternative paths:
– self preparation;
– a preparation course from a specialised school.
Preparation courses are more expensive, but you will be followed through the entire process but professional tutors and the study material will be provided.
There are many schools and I have read some of them are good and some of them aren’t – as for everything in life, but I’d love to hear comments from people that took each course (maybe in a future post).
Some of the schools offering courses, just googling “QLTS School”, are:
– QLTS School (the clue is in the name!)
The range of courses vary, some are class based some others offer distance learning programme and so does the price – but generally the prices go from 1000 £ to 2500 £ for each module of the exam.
It means that on top of the 3500 £ to sit the exam, you’d end up spending another 2500 £ minimum. And that’s bad news!
Luckily google offers a range of alternative solution, and the most viable is self preparation.
Self preparation is obviously the cheapest solution, but you will have to gather all the relevant material and to make sure that you are not spending time or money on a crappy guide put together by some random guy.
To assess the chances of making it with study material I can get – possibly for free – I need to make some research…
Wish me luck!
P.s. Do you know other schools that you wish to recommend? Just let me know, and we can have a chat and you can tell me your experience!