Research and Writing

Part 2 Theory


£110 – Legal Research Lecture and Attachments

£110 – Legal Writing individually marked and commented

Part 2 Practice

Our approach to OSCE legal research

Being familiar with either Lexis or Westlaw Library will give you an excellent opportunity to do well in legal research in all practice areas and to improve your overall score. An important factor here is knowing how to complete the research record sheet correctly. Those who have done the LPC in the UK may have a certain advantage in this, as they are aware of how the sheet is to be recorded. Your own awareness of the process may contribute to success in legal research.

So, to minimize the risk of not having your correct responses counted, make sure you know how to complete the record sheet. 

In the Theory part you will find guidance on aspects of legal research and two videos of PC screen-record of the research. This part also illustrates how to complete the record sheet when answering one of the Kaplan’s QLTS sample questions with the help of Lexis Library platform. You can use the materials above as a step-by-step manual on what to do in legal research and how to do it in order to succeed. The videos and attachments provide for a common legal research structure applicable to any practice area. 

Another crucial factor in legal research is time management. While time is of essence in any part of the QLTS OSCE, in legal research it may well be the main issue. So the strategy for success is to avoid pauses by sticking to the research structure that you learn when preparing for the exam. 

Get access to the databases  

When subscribing to the databases, you can consider one of the following options:

  • All QLTS candidates are eligible for temporary access to Lexis Library and Westlaw at a reduced fee. A monthly subscription fee averages £350 + VAT [arrangements between Kaplan QLTS and LexisNexis]. For further details, please contact Lexis Library and Westlaw. 
  • Alternatively, access to the databases can be obtained through a one-week free trial offer.

In general terms, intensive practice for a week or two may already be helpful. However, candidates must recognise their personal learning needs and abilities. For more information, please see Kaplan QLTS website.

Legal writing

We offer legal writing mocks both as part of a package, and on a stand-alone basis. Legal writing can also be practiced as a follow-up to a mock interview session. Therefore, after conducting a mock client interview,  you can opt for either an individually marked attendance note/ case analysis, or legal advice in the form of an e-mail or letter to the client. Please note, the two activities above are assessed based on different sets of non-legal marking criteria.