I’m a 50 year old attorney at a very reputable law firm in DC. Have dreamed of working in London- taking QLTS to become solicitor- but wondering- will there be a job? Worried about age discrimination!

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I had a 45 year old trainee solicitor in my batch because it was her second career! She took a GDL conversion at 40. There were other second career trainees as well.

If you take the QLTS, you aren't coming in as a trainee. Although I suspect they will take a discount on your PQE if you have never done any English law work before.

Also, they are converting the system to SQE soon and doing away with the QLTS so should check what the deadlines are for that.


Thank you so much- this is so helpful and gives me hope! . I passed the 1st part of the MCT and was going to sit the OSCE in Nov 2021. I did not know about the switch to see so THANK YOU!

You could always try and get a gig as foreign qualified. Will be allowed to practice but not sign off etc. And when you’re already in a firm study for the QLTS/SQE?


Thank you!


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