OSCE

The OSCE examines Outcomes C, D and F of the SRA’s Day One Outcomes.

Candidates are examined in the 3 practice areas of:

  • Business
  • Property and Probate
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation

In each of these practice areas candidates do each of the following exercises once:

  • Client interview
  • Completion of attendance note/case analysis
  • Advocacy/oral presentation
  • Legal drafting
  • Legal research
  • Legal writing

In total therefore candidates undertake 18 assessed exercises:

  • 6 in Business
  • 6 in Property and Probate
  • 6 in Civil and Criminal Litigation

The client interview and completion of attendance note /case analysis are linked in that the attendance note/ case analysis is based on the information acquired during the client interview.

The other exercises are based on scenarios that are not linked.

Organisation and timing of the OSCE

For practical purposes the OSCE is divided into 2 parts as follows:

OSCE Part 1

  • Client interview
  • Completion of attendance note/case analysis
  • Advocacy/oral presentation

OSCE Part 2

  • Legal drafting
  • Legal research
  • Legal writing

OSCE Part 1

The following table illustrates how OSCE Part 1 is organised for each of the 3 practice areas of Business, Property and Probate, and Civil and Criminal Litigation:

ActivityTimings
Client interview 
Preparation10 minutes
Client Interview25 minutes
Completion of attendance note/case analysis 
Completion of attendance note/case analysis25 minutes
Advocacy/Oral Presentation 
Preparation45 minutes
Advocacy/oral presentation15 minutes

Please note that different candidates complete the OSCE Part 1 exercises in different orders. Candidates may therefore start with either the advocacy/oral presentation station or the client interview. The attendance note/case analysis is always the exercise immediately after the client interview.

It is anticipated that candidates will undertake OSCE Part 1 in the 3 practice areas in the morning or afternoon on 3 separate but consecutive days. Further details of this are given for each sitting.

OSCE Part 2

The following table illustrates how OSCE Part 2 is organised for each of the 3 practice areas of Business, Property and Probate, and Civil and Criminal Litigation:

ActivityTimings
Legal Drafting45 minutes
On-line legal research60 minutes
Legal Writing30 minutes

Please note that different candidates complete the OSCE Part 2 exercises in different orders.

Candidates may therefore find that they undertake the exercises in a different order to that shown here.

It is anticipated that candidates will undertake OSCE Part 2 in the 3 practice areas in the morning or afternoon on 3 separate but consecutive days.

Further details of this are given for each sitting. Please note that OSCE Part 2 is a computer based assessment and if there are technical difficulties candidates may be recalled on the day following the end of OSCE Part 2.

Please note also that OSCE Part 1 takes place on different days (and in a different venue) from OSCE Part 2. However candidates must take Parts 1 and 2 at the same sitting.

Marking the OSCE

An assessor who has been trained in playing the role of the client assesses candidates’ performance during the interviews. These assessors mark candidates purely on skills, not on the law. All other exercises are marked by solicitors and are marked on both skills and law.

Passing the OSCE

In order to pass the OSCE candidates must obtain the overall pass mark for the OSCE. This overall passmark will be set using the borderline regression method. For the avoidance of doubt please note that there is NOT a separate pass mark for Part 1 and Part 2 of the OSCE. There is 1 pass mark for the OSCE as a whole.

Please note also that this is not primarily a skills assessment, and law and skills are weighted equally.

Permitted Materials

There are no permitted materials for the OSCE.

Fit to Sit

Candidates should be aware that a “Fit to Sit” Policy is in operation for all QLTS assessments. Essentially by attending an assessment candidates are certifying themselves as being fit to sit it and candidates are required to sign a form to this effect at the beginning of each part of the OSCE assessment.

Applicable law

Unless otherwise stated in advance candidates are assessed on the law in force at the time of the assessment.

Please note that at the end of each exercise in the OSCE any paperwork, including all rough work, is collected in.

Candidates are not allowed to remove anything from the assessment.

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