• College of Law revamped PSC helps trainee solicitors hit the ground running

  • 6 September 2011

  • The College of Law has revamped its Professional Skills Course (PSC) to give trainee solicitors even better preparation for practice in the modern world of law.

    Through its new Business of Law programme, the PSC now identifies the core competencies required for a successful legal career and clearly shows how they are developed throughout the course.

    In addition trainees can now choose tailored routes through the course specific to the area of law in which they are working.

    The College’s Business of Law programme breaks down the key professional competencies into four areas – business, law, self and working with others – and identifies which competencies are developed in each PSC module.

    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.

    Colin Davey, Business Development Director for The College of Law, said: “Increasingly employers are using competency frameworks to set out the expected capabilities of employees at certain levels and to help them make decisions about recruitment and career advancement.

    “Our close links with the legal profession mean that we know what skills the leading law firms are looking for. Our new PSC will help trainees to build confidence and self-awareness by enabling them to identify and evidence the skills they need to develop into self-reliant and client-focused lawyers.”

    Trainees and their law firms can now also choose from three tailored PSC packages to ensure that their training is a relevant as possible to their area of practice – the corporate route, the commercial and private route and the Legal Aid route.

    The College of Law runs the PSC at all eight of its UK-wide centres. More information is available by visiting the website www.college-of-law.co.uk/newPSC7 or by calling a PSC advisor on 0800 317249.

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