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Sierra Leone has been added to the recognised jurisdictions list for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).
QLTS is a fast-track transfer scheme which provides qualified lawyers, who are not admitted as solicitors in England and Wales, with an alternative route to qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales.
The QLTS does not distinguish between lawyers who have their first qualification from a common law or a civil law jurisdiction and most foreign lawyers are eligble for direct access to the QLTS assessments. A complete list of recognised jurisdictions can be found here.
The tests are challenging but are designed to ensure that requalifying lawyers meet the same standard of knowledge and skill required of a locally-qualified solicitor of England and Wales. There is no need for additional academic study, such as obtaining a common law based law degree.
Wherever you plan to practise, within industry or a law firm, and no matter which jurisdicition you plan to base yourself in, the title of ‘solicitor’ is a mark of global excellence. It will demonstrate your expertise and commitment to the highest standards of legal practice and will be recognised by clients and employers across the world.