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Thinking about becoming dual-qualified as an English Solicitor. For US lawyers, how hard is this path relative to our own bar admissions? And would this qualification make me appealing to large firms?

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Structurally it's more of a slog because at present with the QLTS it's divided into two parts. The MCT, which is a multiple choice test, you should find relatively straightforward — the bulk of it will be familiar to you, contract, tort with some tax and other subjects thrown in. The bigger headache is the OSCE, which is largely skill-based, but requires a lot of substantive legal knowledge as well. The exam is set to change in the next few years, but it may become more difficult. It's also much more expensive than any US bar exam. The bigger question is why do you feel you might need it? Do you plan to work in the UK, the commonwealth, or at least in Europe? Unless you have an opportunity to work with English law on a really substantive level, it's probably not worth the time, effort and money you'd pour into the qualification to then not really use it. If you plan to stay in the US, your US education/bar admission coupled with your prior work experience will go a lot further with law firms.

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