The OSCE covers the three legal practice areas of Business Law, Litigation (Criminal and Civil), and Property Law (Conveyancing, Wills and Probate).
For each of these practice areas candidates will be required to undertake two assessed exercises or stations as follows:
- Station 1: Client interview and completion of attendance note.
- Station 2: Advocacy/oral presentation exercise.
An assessor who has been trained in playing the role of the client will assess the client interview. The attendance note will be marked by a solicitor.
The advocacy/oral presentation will be assessed during the submission/presentation by a solicitor acting as the decision maker.
As for the technical skills, there will be three exercises for each of the three practice areas:
- Station 1: On-line legal research Assessed Exercise
- Station 2: Legal writing Assessed Exercise
- Station 3: Legal drafting.
The exercises will be marked by qualified solicitors according to the SRA criteria.