There are limited circumstances in which the SRA may grant exemptions to foreign qualified lawyers from either the full MCT, the full OSCE or both. It is not possible to request partial exemptions from the MCT and/or OSCE.
However, the SRA can grant exemption from the MCT assessment to applicants who have passed the LPC. This does not apply to the OSCE.
Scottish and Irish solicitors as well as fully-qualified barristers of England and Wales are exempt from some elements of the MCT: Barristers of England and Wales – need to pass Professional Conduct, Solicitors’ Accounts, the Regulatory Framework, Financial Regulation, Money Laundering, Taxation and Business Law. Solicitors in Scotland-need to pass the English Legal System, European Union Law, Professional Conduct, Solicitors’ Accounts, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Equity and Trusts. Solicitors of Republic of Ireland – need to pass Property Law only.
Where exemptions from some elements of the MCT are permitted, QLTS School will of course discount the MCT preparation course.
Read our blog post for more information: QLTS Exemptions from Elements of the SRA Assessments