Individual training and practical guidance for Solicitors Qualifying Exam ‘QLTS OSCE

OSCEsmart

OSCEsmart is a QLTS training provider specializing in preparation only for Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The course is developed by successful QLTS qualified solicitors and offers a unique methodology of preparation, covering:

    1. Concise and focused materials, to save your time on making notes and focus you on the key subjects;
    2. Lists of LPC books and manuals viewed as the main theoretical source for OSCE prep that candidates are encouraged to read; and
    3. Practical online mock stations as per exam conditions, conducted on-line at any time from the comfort of your home or office.

We aim to provide high quality individually tailored services and have a limited number of places available. Therefore, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Before being enrolled on  our course, the candidates will be tested on their legal knowledge and the required standard of character and suitability, taking into account the time frame of the exam and other relevant aspects.

 

How We Are Different

  • Our course integrates first-hand experience of passing the OSCE
  • Our course is tailor made and based on real-time individual training
  • We keep our prices reasonable and our services affordable
  • We prefer quality to quantity

 

Our Values

For us you are not clients but colleagues

Technology is good, but it will never substitute individual feedback

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone

QLTS OSCE

QLTS – The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme is an exam for foreign lawyers to qualify as English solicitors. It is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and provided by Kaplan QLTS. The QLTS consists of two exams. First foreign lawyers have to pass the Multiple Choice Test (MCT) and further the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) [Read more on our blog].

OSCE – is a super practical exam, aims to assess lawyers as per real legal practice conditions. Approximately since 2021 the exam will be greatly improved and extended to domestic (UK) prospective solicitors, now known as the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) or super-exam.

SQE – those who have successfully completed the multiple choice of QLTS, will be able to qualify via QLTS by clearing QLTS OSCE for the next 12 months since SQE is coming into force.

Stage/Part  1 or Oral Part

Client Interview
  • 10 min prep
  • 25 min of interview
Case and Matter Analysis / Attendance Note
  • 25 min after the interview
Advocacy / Presentation or Persuasive oral communication
  • 45 min prep
  • 15 min of delivery

Stage/Part 2 or Written Part

Legal Research
  • 60 minutes
Written Advice or Legal Writing
  • 30 minutes
Legal Drafting
  • 45 min 

OSCE Prep

The QLTS OSCE is a very practical exam, where the candidates are assessed based on a real solicitor’s practice conditions. In particular, they should demonstrate their ability to:

    • Handle a client interview and prepare an attendance note or case analysis;
    • Deliver an oral client presentation or advocacy, within the courts;
    • Conduct legal research and complete a record sheet;
    • Write letters, memoranda, emails, and other documents to the clients or colleagues; and
    • Draft legal documents and complete different forms.

The above skills will be assessed in five practice areas: business, property, probate, civil litigation, and criminal litigation. The law also covers your substantive law knowledge from MCT or LLB/GDL e.g. contract, tort, trust, criminal law, administrative and constitutional law, professional conduct etc.

Preparation to OSCE should consist of 2 stages: study the actual law and develop your legal skills.

Theory/ law

  • Concise video lectures covering key issues you should know, learn, and memorize in order to succeed. Accessible from PC, tablet or smartphone
  • Short printable notes in a table format
  • Further reading guidance: LPC books, manuals, online resources, and case law
  • Five Online Seminar Group Sessions (OSGSs): one per each practice area, purported to develop practical skills for application of the law to the facts
  • Support from your tutor who can answer any questions you might have

Practice/Skills

  • Concise video lectures on Interview, Advocacy and Presentation, Legal Research and Writing and Drafting
  • Attachments providing further guidance, instructions, and samples of different documents e.g. attendance note and case analysis, research record sheet, sample drafting materials, research record sheet, research, drafting and writing mock questions
  • Interview, Advocacy and Presentation and Legal Research followed by in-depth feedback. This will help you: understand your readiness then revise accordingly, get acquainted with the process and the procedure of the exam, and ultimately develop your own approach to handling it. We expect you to submit Attendance Notes no later than 24 hours after the interview.

How it works

Timescale

 

12-6 months – start reading, based on individual learning abilities, objectives, and availability. Please note: for LPC graduates it will take considerably less time. Useful links: OSCE Books And Manuals. To be individually assessed, please complete this survey;

 

3 months before the OSCE – schedule the mock exams, taking into account your individual needs and workload

 

2-2.5. months before the OSCE (March/Sep) – start your OSGSs and prepare for the Interview (Attendance Note and Case Analysis), Advocacy and Presentation and Legal Research

 

Packages

Package ‘All In’ – £1600

➢Study Group

➢5 Mock Interviews + 3 handwritten or typed individually marked + suggested answer and 2 only given suggested answer Attendance Notes/Case Analysis

➢5 Mock Advocacy/Presentation sessions;

➢1 Legal Writing Mock Station

➢1 Research Mock Station

➢1 Drafting Mock Station

Package ‘Study Group’

➢Access to all video lectures and concise lecture notes on Business, Property; Probate; Civil and Criminal Litigation (6-9 lectures in each practice area)
Access to all lectures on skills: Drafting and Writing; Research; Interview; Advocacy (Drafting lectures also offer drafting and writing mock questions and suggested answers)
10 Sample Research Mock Stations (for self-assessment, against other candidates’ answers) via Google Class
5 seminars OSGSs on application of law to factual scenarios: one per practice area;
Group facilities: Facebook Group; Google Class, online class with lecture-based flashcards

 

Package ‘Extra3’ – £800

➢3 Legal Writing Mock Station

➢3 Research Mock Station

➢3 Drafting Mock Station

Deadline for singing up for the Packages for May 2020 is 16 Feb 2020 

To sign up for the OSCE Smart Course, please submit the Question Form on the left or email us at: info@qltsosce.co.uk

 

Package ‘Budget’ – £800

➢Study Group

➢2 Mock Interviews + 1 Handwritten Attendance Note/Case Analysis

1 Mock Advocacy/Presentation station

1 Legal Writing Mock Station 

 

Package B ‘All In’ – £2000

➢Study Group

➢10 Mock interviews + Attendance Notes / Case Analysis (5 handwritten or typed individually marked + suggested answer and 5 only given suggested answer)

➢6 Mock Advocacy/Presentation sessions 

➢ 1 Legal Writing Mock Station

➢1 Research Mock Station

➢1 Drafting Mock Station

 

Package ‘Extra1’ – £270

➢1 Legal Writing Mock Station

➢ 1 Research Mock Station

➢1 Drafting Mock Station

 

Package ‘Extra2’ – £540

➢1 Legal Writing Mock Station

➢1 Research Mock Station

➢1 Drafting Mock Station

Mock Stations

An Online Mock Client Interview with one-to-one mock client feedback based on the SRA and QLTS Kaplan marking criteria and outcomes – £60

A Handwritten Attendance Note or Case Analysis A handwritten Attendance Note/ Case Analysis as a follow-up to a Mock Client Interview, individually marked up and provided with commentaries based on the SRA and QLTS Kaplan marking criteria and outcomes – £110

A typed suggested answer without individual marking as a follow-up to a Mock Client Interview – £35 

An Online Mock Advocacy/Presentation session with one-to-one mock client feedback based on the SRA and QLTS Kaplan marking criteria and outcomes – £110

An online Legal Research/ Writing/ Drafting exercise with tailored feedback and marked up record sheet based on the SRA and QLTS Kaplan marking criteria and outcomes – £110