professional legal training

Professional Skills Course (PSC)

The Professional Skills Course (PSC) is the final, compulsory part of training for trainee solicitors before qualifying as a solicitor. The PSC should normally take place during a period of recognised training.

As the one of UK’s most established PSC providers, we have refined and developed our programme to ensure that your training is directly relevant to life in practice. One of our main goals with the PSC is to make sure that you’re fully equipped to deliver the key competencies employers demand. This means preparing you to be perfect for practice by being able to relate what is learnt in the classroom to key competencies expected of trainees in the real world. With expert tutors delivering our rigorous PSC, we are confident that you will qualify to become a self-reliant and client-focused modern lawyer.

Our PSC is delivered via face-to-face small group workshops. It is made up of three compulsory core modules (48 hours over eight days), covering key areas of practice, and four days (24 hours) of elective module training to suit areas of interest. Together this totals 12 days (72 hours) of training.

Core Modules

Advocacy and Communication Skills – 3 days (18 hours)

Client Care and Professional Standards – 2 days (12 hours)

Financial and Business Skills – 3 days (18 hours)

Elective Modules

Each elective module comprises six hours of training and is run over one full day.  You can select any four elective modules.

  • Impact and Influence
  • Advanced Written Communication
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Effective Written Communication
  • Is it Enforceable?
  • Being a Resilient Lawyer
  • Presenting to Persuade
  • The Skilled Negotiator
  • The Law Firm as a Commercial Enterprise
  • Essential Skills for the In-House Lawyer
  • Legal Technology
  • Knowledge Management - Improving Research Skills

Personal Injury

  • Funding and Damages
  • Employers' Liability
  • Investigation of a Claim
  • Pre-action Protocols and Expert Evidence

Family Law

  • Advocacy and Practice – Care Proceedings
  • Advocacy and Practice – Domestic Abuse
  • Drafting - Application for a Financial Order
  • Interviewing and Negotiation – The Children Act 1989

Employment Law

  • The Employment Contract
  • Disputes in the Work Place
  • Employment Tribunal Advocacy

Criminal Law

  • Bail and Mitigation
  • Criminal Trial in the Magistrates’ Courts*

Dispute Resolution

  • Case Analysis and Management
  • Civil Litigation Drafting Skills
  • Mediation (ADR)

*Two day course

Corporate Law

  • Acquisitions and Disposals of Shares
  • Share Capital & Directors Duties
  • Corporate Borrowing and Taking Security
  • Corporate Drafting  
  • Company Formation, Management and Share Capital
  • How to read a Company’s Accounts
  • Stock Markets and Flotation
  • Understanding the City
  • Understanding Corporate Tax Transactions
  • Corporate Insolvency

Commercial Property

  • Sale and Purchase Transactions
  • Drafting Commercial Leases

Commercial Law and Intellectual Property

  • Drafting IP Licences
  • Practical Contract Law
  • E-Commerce and Data Protection
  • Practical Commercial Contract Drafting

Private Client

  • Wills and Inheritance Tax
  • Will Trusts and Tax
  • Estate Planning

If you’re looking to pursue a career in litigation you can choose to undertake Higher Rights of Audience training in lieu of your PSC electives.

Find out more about our Higher Rights of Audience course

Business of Law

The training contract period is a vital stage of a trainee solicitor’s preparation for a career in law. Working with law firms, we have identified a set of key competencies that all trainee solicitors need in practice and, through our Business of Law programme, we’ve integrated these competencies into the modules of the course so that you can be sure to develop the skills that your employer will be looking for.

There are four Business of Law areas – Business, Law, Self, and Working with Others. These are identified in all PSC modules, both core and elective, so that you can easily see which essential competencies will be focused on for you to take back to the work place.

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Full course details

To get full details of our modules, download our PSC brochure.

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Alumni Discount

We offer a 10% discount on all of our Professional Skills Course modules to members of our Alumni Network. You will need to supply your Student Number or your University of Law email address when booking. This offer does not apply to in-house courses.

Find out more about the Alumni Network

From a Firm?

We can provide our PSC training to groups of trainees for firms either at our campus or at your offices.

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Course Fees

Our range of Professional Skills Course options can be booked individually or in convenient, cost-effective packages.

With absolute flexibility, you can benefit from adjusting your bookings or package as you go.

Pick and Mix

Core modules and 4 electives

£1,435 + VAT

PSC and Higher Rights training

Core modules and Higher Rights, courses only

£1,895 + VAT

PSC, Higher Rights training and assessment

Core modules, Higher Rights and assessment

£2,295 + VAT

All Core Modules

£1,175 + VAT

24 Hours of Electives

Up to 24 hours of your choice of electives

£595 + VAT

Advocacy and Communications

£550 + VAT

Financial and Business Skills

£465 + VAT

Client Care and Professional Standards

Day One: £190 + VAT

Day Two: £190 + VAT

All of the elective modules can be booked for £235 + VAT each.

 

Book professional legal training courses

You can book a place on our professional legal training courses online, or contact our team via email for more information. Members of The University of Law Alumni Network can benefit from a 10% discount on any of the public Professional Skills Course fees. Please note that this discount is not applicable to online bookings; to find out more please call 0800 289997 (UK) or +44 (0)1483 216000 (international). Alternatively you can e-mail pdpublic@law.ac.uk

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Book professional legal training packages

You can book a place on one of our packages online, or contact our team via email for more information.

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Contact Us

For general enquiries and course information please e-mail pdpublic@law.ac.uk