Due to the current uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the UK’s future relationship with the European Union, the following information is only relevant in the event that we leave the EU with a negotiated withdrawal agreement in place, in which case EU lawyers will be able to requalify in Scotland under relevant EU law until 31 December 2020. If we leave with no agreement in place, the relevant EU law will cease to apply as soon as we have left and this method of requalification will no longer be accessible. If you have any questions about this please contact Katie Wood or Martyn Robinson.
If you are a qualified solicitor in the EU you are eligible to apply for this route to requalify as a solicitor in Scotland. If you are qualified in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, you may qualify via the Intra-UK Transfer test.
Certificate of eligibility
Before applying to enrol for the Aptitude Test for EU Qualified Lawyers, you must first be granted a certificate of eligibility. Various supporting documentation and fees are required, details of which can all be found in the application form.
Once this has been granted, you are then eligible to enrol for the aptitude test for EU qualified lawyers. This is an 'open book' test and candidates are permitted to take into the examination hall any books or materials, including a candidate's own notes.
There are four papers and these include:
- Paper 1 - the law of property, trusts & succession, family law
- Paper 2 - Scottish legal system, evidence and civil & criminal procedure
- Paper 3 - European Union law and Institutions
- Paper 4 - professional conduct, the accounts rules
Past exam question papers for the aptitude test for EU qualified lawyers can be downloaded below. The exam question papers are provided as an indication of the questions which may be asked and to assist the candidate when studying. Answers are not provided.
The Aptitude Test for EU Qualified Lawyers is held in Edinburgh and there are two diets each year, May and November. Please note that applications must be received by 31 July for the November diet and 31 January for the May diet.
Certificate of eligibility
£400 for the application (non refundable fee)
£25 for Disclosure Scotland Application
£80 per examination
Exemption application fees
£30 non-refundable fee
All applications for a certificate of eligibility must be submitted to the Society along with all required documentation three months prior to an exam diet.
For candidates who have already been granted a certificate of eligibility and are looking to enrol in exams, must submit an enrolment form to the Society one month prior to an exam diet.
Prior to 2012, the EU law exam question paper was set in two parts with candidates being required to answer two questions from section A and two questions from section B.
A mock paper was set in two sections with candidates being required to answer a total of four questions (as before).
Since May 2012, one question from each section is compulsory and candidates are required to answer two further questions from anywhere in the paper.
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|May 2018||Paper I||Paper II||Paper III||Paper IV|
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