What to do while studying for the QLTS?

So you’ve decided you are taking the QLTS. Well done!

What’s your plan then?

Are you staying in your own country, continuing with your old job and preparing for the QLTS in your spare time?

I have personally decided that the optimum was to move to the UK and practice my English – and my knowledge of the Common Law system – on situ: destination? London!

Foreword: the job market in London is incredibly fast and in continue evolution.

Having said that if you are a foreign qualified lawyer the chances of getting a job offer from a “Magic Circle” Law Firm are few, to be perfectly honest.

Unless you come from a Magic Circle Law Firm.

But if you don’t, just like me, there are still some good options.

Paralegal roles: there are many offers for paralegal roles at Law Firms – you can see it as a career regression, but if you really want to get the foot in the door, it’s worth having a look. Chances are your qualifications and experiences will make you stand out from the crowd, which – believe me – is massive.

In-house roles: apparently the number of in-house lawyers is growing, and given the number of international companies based or operating in London, there is a good chance someone is looking for a candidate with your qualifications and experience in your home country.

E-discovery: or Document Review roles are a great opportunity if you are new to the market, especially if you are an overseas or European qualified lawyer. Often project require language skills and being native speaker turns out to be a real asset.

Finding the right balance between your job and your plans to pass the Qualified lawyers transfer scheme can be tricky, but I found that Document Review projects are the ideal solution.

They give you the opportunity to work as much as you like, with a lot of flexibility on days and working hours.

The flip side: too much flexibility, short projects and sometimes one day notice….






About Alegher 54 Articles
Hi! My name is Marco and I’m the guy behind PasstheQlts. As you would imagine, I graduated in Law in Italy and qualified as a solicitor in Italy and Spain. I was working in house for a retail company for the last few years in Italy, but then decided I needed a change of perspective, culture, opportunities and so on. And London was the answer to my internal struggle! I moved to London and now it’s time to set the next steps in my career. To be totally honest I knew that the only logical step, unless you are looking for a career change (yes, but what?), if you want to practice Law in the UK, is what this blog is about: to pass the QLTS Exam, the Qualified Transfer Scheme! Really, I am just a guy who has the goal to pass the QLTS Exam to build a professional career in Law in London. I will share my study plan with you, read all the possible guides, interview successful candidates and try to post everything online. Of course any help, question, comment or suggestion from you will be greatly appreciated! Best of luck! Cheers! M

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