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QLTS OSCE MARKING CRITERIA

GRADER MUST STAY “FRONT OF MIND”

To make your life easier, I have put together a cheat sheet which explains how you will be marked in each of the assessments based on Kaplan QLTS Marking & Moderation Policy

The Standard

 

Exam papers can vary slightly in difficulty, but remember that the standard, based on which you are marked, remains the same: a competent newly qualified solicitor that is likely to avoid a negligence claim.

Areas of focus 

  • Whether your clients will have some confidence in you and your ability to deal with their legal problem. 

  • Whether your advice will demonstrably progress your client's matter.
    Whether your advice is clear enough for your client to understand.

  • Whether your English is readily understandable to clients of any background.

  • Whether you can identify your client's problems and the main legal issues raised. 

  • Whether you can respond appropriately to common situations that raise professional conduct issues.

  • Whether you can communicate professionally and appropriately (not necessarily sophisticated). 

  • Whether you can draft simple legal documents effectively and with few mistakes.

  • Whether you can review and make an initial judgment about some aspects of complex legal documents.

  • Whether you can make a reasonably persuasive presentation of your case.

  • Whether you can defend your case at least to some extent.

  • Whether you can progress routine legal transactions.

  • Whether you know what sources to refer for information.

  • Whether you know your limits when ignorant.

  • Whether you know when to ask for help when the problem is too difficult to deal with.

Let’s talk about your grader! 

Interviews will be marked by a professional actor trained on playing the role of the client (not legally qualified). These assessors mark candidates purely on skills (not on the law). 

All other exercises will be marked by solicitors on both skills and law. 

 

Mark of A – F

Each assessment is marked according to the criteria set out below. For each of the criteria a candidate will be awarded a mark of A – F as follows:

  • A: Superior performance: well above the competency requirements (5 marks)

  • B: Clearly satisfactory: clearly meets the competency requirements (4 marks)

  • C: Marginal pass: on balance, just meets the competency requirements (3 marks)

  • D: Marginal fail: on balance, just fails to meet the competency requirements (2 marks)

  • E: Clearly unsatisfactory: clearly does not meet the competency requirements (1 mark)

  • F: Poor performance: well below the competency requirements (0 marks)

  • G: Where criteria are not applicable to an assessment, a G is recorded which does not count towards the total

In calculating your total score, law and skills will be weighted equally, and the total percentage mark is then rounded off to the nearest integer. 

Interviewing

SKILLS (ONLY)

  • Listening & questioning

  • Language & explanation

  • Professional manner

  • Client-focused

  • Builds trust and confidence

[NO MARK ON LAW]

Attendance Note 

SKILLS - 50%

  • Obtained all relevant info

  • Identified appropriate next steps

  • Advice is client-focused

LAW - 50%

  • Legally correct

  • Legally comprehensive (including professional conduct where relevant)

Advocacy / Oral Presentation

SKILLS - 50%

  • Appropriate language & behaviour

  • Clear & good structure

  • Engages decision maker

  • Persuasive argument

  • Facts: correct and comprehensive

LAW - 50%

  • Legally correct

  • Legally comprehensive (including professional conduct where relevant)

Legal Research

SKILLS - 50%

  • Advice is client-focused

  • Finds important sources & authorities

LAW - 50%

  • Legally correct

  • Legally comprehensive (including professional conduct where relevant)

Writing

SKILLS - 50%

  • Clear, precise & acceptable English

  • Facts: correct and comprehensive

  • Content is recipient-focused

LAW - 50%

  • Legally correct

  • Legally comprehensive (including professional conduct where relevant)

Drafting

SKILLS - 50%

  • Clear, precise & acceptable English

LAW - 50%

  • Legally correct

  • Legally comprehensive (including professional conduct where relevant)

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