MCQ Interview and Advocacy Assessment (IAA)

MCQ Interview and Advocacy Assessment (IAA)

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Course Overview


Datalaw accreditations are now fully online – submit your Portfolio via an online Portal and undertake assessments remotely

The purpose of the Interview & Advocacy Assessment (IAA) is to enable us to assess your competence and effectiveness as a duty solicitor acting for a client in magistrates' court proceedings.

You will be expected to demonstrate skills and knowledge in several areas:

  • Procedural knowledge and legal accuracy
  • Presentation and advocacy skills
  • Interviewing and advising skills
  • Communication skills

The assessment consists of two parts; A simulated client interview and a simulated appearance in a magistrates' court where you will make representations and/or submissions in respect of three cases.

On registration, you will be issued with a copy of our regulations which will provide written guidance on the format, content and assessment criteria for the Interview and Advocacy.

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What are the requirements?

  • • If you wish to become a criminal duty solicitor, you must successfully complete the Magistrates’ Court Qualification Portfolio and Interview and Advocacy Assessment and the Police Station Qualification. Once you have completed both qualification, you can then apply for membership of the Law Society’s Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS).
  • • You may attempt the Police Station Qualification and Magistrates Court Qualification in any order, or simultaneously.

Learning Outcomes

  • • The test is conducted under examination conditions and you must achieve at least 50% in both the interview and the advocacy sections to pass the assessment.
  • • During the interview stage of the assessment you will obtain instructions from an actor playing the role of your client. The interview will last for a maximum of 15 minutes and will be used as the basis for 1 of the cases in the advocacy part of the assessment.
  • • You will be provided with further written information in respect of this case, as well as written information concerning 2 other cases which are to form the basis of the advocacy stage of the assessment.
  • • You will have 40 minutes in which to prepare for the advocacy stage.
  • • During the advocacy stage of the assessment a member of our Assessment Board will play the role of a District Judge and will ask you to address them in respect of three cases.

What is the target audience?

  • • Qualified criminal practitioners who would like to provide legal advice and assistance for which payment is claimed from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA)
  • • Please be aware that only solicitors, barristers, Fellows of the Institute of Executives (FILEX) or European lawyers (registered with the SRA under the Establishment of Lawyers Directive 98/5/EC) can undertake the Magistrates Court Qualification and apply for CLAS membership.


About Instructor - Assessment Board

Datalaw’s Assessment Board is comprised of current and former duty solicitors, academic lawyers and a qualified external moderator. It is the Assessment Board’s role to ensure that accreditation assessments are conducted in a consistent manner and are marked to an appropriate standard having regards to the SRA Standards of Competence.

The Assessment Board have also developed a series of online support courses to assist candidates pass each stage of the accreditation.

Course Curriculum


  • MCQ Regulations
    32 Page
  • CLAS Standards of Competence
    13 Page
  • CLAS Guidance
    8 Page


  • MCQ IAA Timetable
    1 Page

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