• College of Law expands its PSC electives portfolio

  • 11 October 2012

  • The College of Law is increasing the learning options open to trainee solicitors undertaking its Professional Skills Course (PSC) by launching two new electives.

    The new ‘Impact and Influence’ and ‘Legal research’ electives will be available from November and are in addition to the College’s existing 44 electives.

    The PSC is the final, compulsory part of training before qualifying as a solicitor and is undertaken during a training contract with a legal organisation.

    Aimed at trainees wishing to maximise their employability once they qualify, the ‘Impact and Influence’ elective examines how image and behaviour impacts on others and influences success. Delegates will look at the creation of positive relationships, development of self-awareness and influencing skills, and how to develop a model of behaviour that works for the individual.

    It will help trainees to recognise the importance of improving personal image and impact, use verbal and non-verbal communication to improve interpersonal skills, identify appropriate strategies to influence others, participate more effectively in internal and client meetings and identify personal strengths and weaknesses in communication and interpersonal relationships.

    The ‘Legal Research’ elective builds upon research skills already covered on the Legal Practice Course.  Starting from the perspective of business risk – essentially what are the consequences of getting the research wrong – the course takes delegates through the research process from beginning to end, culminating in a chance to work on a practice-based research problem and present the findings.

    It will highlight factors such as time, cost and reputation to illustrate the difference between academic research and ‘real-life’ legal research in a firm and help trainees to understand best practice, test their skills, and reflect on where they need to build.

    Colin Davey, Business Development Director at The College of Law said: “The College offers a wide range of electives which is continually updated to allow trainee solicitors to build a PSC programme which meets their specific areas of interest. These two new electives provide skills that are essential to trainees embarking on a career in the modern world of law.”

    In order to prepare trainees for practice, the College’s PSC incorporates a Business of Law programme, which identifies the core competencies required for a successful legal career and shows how they are developed throughout the course.

    It helps trainees to focus on the skills most valued by law firms and relate what they have learnt in the classroom to what will be expected of them in the real world of legal practice.

    The College of Law runs the PSC at seven of its UK-wide centres. More information is available by visiting http://www.college-of-law.co.uk/psc or by calling 0800 289997.

    Further information from: Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk)