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Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme


After July 2015, Central Law Training will no longer be providing training and testing for CLAS.  We will run a full programme of events in July 2015, details of which can be found under the Dates and Fees link on the left hand side of this page.

Please note that the July round of exams and portfolio submissions will be your last opportunity to undertake the required elements with Central Law Training. If you wish to submit a portfolio or undertake an assessment at a later date, or if you need to re-sit an assessment or re-submit a portfolio, you will need to register with one of the other approved providers – Datalaw or Cardiff Law School.


Who should take the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme?

If you are a solicitor and you wish to conduct duty solicitor work, to be included on the duty solicitor scheme for Police Stations and Magistrates’ Courts you are required by the LAA to successfully undertake the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme.

What’s involved?

Step 1 - Register with CLT by completing our registration form

Step 2 - Complete the Police Station Qualification (PSQ), or the Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme

  • Assessment 1 - The PSQ Portfolio
  • Assessment 2 - The Critical Incidents Test (CIT)

Step 3 - Complete the Magistrates’ Court Qualification (MCQ)

  • Assessment 1 - The MCQ Portfolio
  • Assessment 2 - The Interview and Advocacy Test (IAA)

Step 4 - After successful completion of steps 2 and 3, you may apply to the Law Society for Stage 1 membership of CLAS

Step 5 - Once in receipt of Stage 1 membership you may, if you wish, apply to an LAA regional office for inclusion on one or more duty solicitor schemes

CLT provide you with everything you need to pass the accreditation scheme:

  • We were one of the first organisations to offer CLAS training and testing, and we remain the best
  • Training and assessments delivered nationally throughout the year including six portfolio submission dates
  • Exam results - quick dispatch (within 30 working days)
  • Flexible learning methods including online training for PSQ
  • The opportunity to take a mock CIT on the PSQ and receive feedback
  • Training materials devised and prepared by duty solicitors

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We want to hear from you. If you have any queries, feedback or suggestions, then please get in touch or call us on 0121 362 7526.

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