The Professional Skills Course (PSC) for trainee solicitors is the final, compulsory part of training before qualifying as a solicitor. We’re the UK’s leading PSC provider and exclusive PSC provider to leading law firms. Our programme ensures training is directly relevant to life in practice by delivering the key competencies employers demand. This means you, or your trainees, will be perfect for practice by being able to relate what is being learnt in the classroom to key competencies expected of trainees in the real world. In addition it will support personal/career development as a self-reliant and client focused modern lawyer.
Our PSC training is delivered via face-to-face small group workshops, aimed exclusively at trainees. Undertaken during the two-year training contract, the PSC can only be taken once the Legal Practice Course, or an integrated course, has been successfully completed.
The three PSC core modules should normally be completed before you start your electives. Our flexible PSC allows you to take the core modules across a wide range of dates:
Please see the 'Core modules' tab for further information.
These allow you to specialise in particular areas of law and should normally be completed after your core modules, as they assume an understanding of the core topics. You are required to attend a total of four days (24 hours) of elective training to complete your PSC.
We offer a wide range of regularly updated electives, allowing you to build a PSC to meet your specific areas of interest. Electives are categorised as follows:
Please see our 'Elective modules' tab for further information.
This module builds on and extends the skills learnt on the LPC and helps you to:
The module is assessed with an individual oral and written appraisal.
Business: Client Relationships, Commerciality Law: Technical Competence, Development Self: Managing Self, Development Working with Others: Team-working, Communication
The module is offered as two separate days of training, which can be taken together on consecutive days, or individually at different times to suit you. Please note that the SRA stipulate that Day 2 cannot be taken during the first six months of your training contract.The module develops your understanding of professional conduct, client care and work management, and helps you to:
The Commercial and Private module is recommended for those following the Commercial and Private route and the Legal Aid route. We offer a tailored Corporate module for those following the Corporate route and an In-house Lawyer module tailored to those following the In-house lawyers route.
Business: Client Relationships, Commerciality Law: Technical Competence, Development Self: Commitment, Managing Self, Professional Responsibility, Development Working with Others: Team-working
This module looks at the specific statutory bases upon which financial advice can be given and the application of those principles, the possible criminal sanctions arising from such advice together with issues which might arise under the Code of Conduct. The module is a three day course (Thursday, Friday, Monday) with a 1 hour 30 minute written exam on the Monday morning.By the end of the second day, and in preparation for the exam, delegates will:
Following the exam delegates will conclude the course by developing an appreciation of the relevance of financial interpretation to solicitors and gain an overview of the regulation of accounts.
PLEASE NOTE: results are posted to delegates six weeks after the exam.
Business: Commerciality Law: Technical Competence, Development Self: Professional Responsibility, Development Working with Others: Communication
PSC elective modules allow you to specialise in particular areas of law and should normally be completed after your core modules, as they assume an understanding of the core topics. You are required to attend a total of four days (24 hours) of elective training to complete your PSC.
More information on Practice skills electives
More information on Contentious skills electives
These three private client electives replace the previous 'Private Client - Wills, inheritance tax and post-death arrangements' and 'Private Client - will trusts, tax and estate planning' electives. They are similar in content although differently ordered.
More information on Non-contentious skills electives
If you plan a career in litigation, you have the option of taking Higher Rights of Audience training in lieu of your PSC electives.You cannot appear in the Higher Courts until full qualification as a solicitor, but all training and assessment can be undertaken during your training contract. Trainees take the same programme of study as qualified solicitors.Please note that all higher rights assessments are undertaken in accordance with the University's assessment regulations.Delegates must bear in mind that if they undertake the training but then sit the assessment at a later date (ie not immediately after undertaking the training), the procedural and legal requirements on which they will be examined may have changed in the interim - further that the SRA requirements for assessment may change with time.For more information on Higher Rights including course dates, please visit our Higher Rights page
For trainees, the training contract period is a vital stage of preparation for a career in law. Working with law firms, The University of Law has identified a set of key competencies that all trainee solicitors need in practice. Through our Business of Law programme, the University’s PSC breaks these competencies into four areas – Business, Law, Self, and Working with Others. These are clearly identified in all PSC modules, both core and elective, so that trainee solicitors, and their firms, can easily see which essential competencies will be taken back to the work place.
Our PSC is designed to support the career goals of modern lawyers so we offer advice on electives suited to each of these career routes:
Your firm mainly acts for businesses, but does act for some individuals
Your firm acts for a mixture of individuals and businesses
For trainees working in commercial organisations where their client is the employer
Your firm mainly acts on matters where the fees of one or more of the persons involved are publicly funded through legal aid
Now offering even better value for money, our range of PSC programmes can be booked individually or in cost-effective, convenient packages.
You don't need to confirm your full choice of course dates when you make your initial booking, so you can benefit from our package savings whilst maintaining maximum flexibility.
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