Professional Skills Course

Pre-requisite to admission as a solicitor in England and Wales.

  • Law
  • Full Time
  • 8 Days
  • Start 12th Oct 20

About this course

The Professional Skills Course (PSC) will be delivered in accordance with the requirements set by the Supreme Court (Amendment) Act 2015. The PSC Core Modules delivered will comprise the content, structure and assessment required by the SRA for trainee solicitors as a pre-requisite to admission as a solicitor in England and Wales.

This skills course will be offered at the Europa Point Campus by tutors from The University of Law. By way of background The University of Law (ULAW), formerly known as The College of Law, is a private university in the United Kingdom, providing law degrees, specialist legal training, and continuing professional development courses for British barristers and solicitors.

ULAW tutors are highly experienced tutors and through their relationships with firms are constantly being updated in market practice. This allows for sharing of this knowledge in a contemporaneous way.  ULAW tutors are all qualified solicitors or barristers who train paralegals, apprentices, trainees and qualified lawyers on a regular basis.  They are energised and eager to develop programmes that are relevant to modern-day learning requirements, being both flexible and adaptive and operating within financial reality and the requirements of clients.

Course Delivery

The core modules will be taught in three separate block deliveries.

Advocacy and Communication Skills:

Monday 12th October to Wednesday 14th October 2020

Financial and Business Skills:

Thursday 15th October, Friday 16th October and Monday 19th October 2020

There will be a 1 hour 30 minute examination prescribed by the SRA. The assessment must be passed to complete the module.

Client Care and Professional Standards:

Tuesday 20th to Wednesday 21st  October 2020

The Core Modules delivered will comprise the content, structure and assessment required by the SRA for trainee solicitors as a pre-requisite to admission as a solicitor in England and Wales. In England and Wales trainee solicitors are not normally permitted to undertake the Client Care and Professional Standards module until they have completed at least six months of their training contract.

Who is the course for?

Persons who  have been called to the Bar in England and Wales or have completed the Solicitors LPC.

What would be the result of passing this course?

A person successfully completing the course will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance once all three modules have been completed, which is one of three mandatory components for being called to the Bar or to being enrolled as a Solicitor in Gibraltar (after 1st July 2015). The Financial Business Skills exam must be passed to obtain a certificate.

This course is independently recognised by the Gibraltar Bar Council. The awarding body for this course is the University of Law. The University of Law and University of Gibraltar are the academic institution and, as such, the provider of the course and is not involved in determining who is eligible to practise law in Gibraltar. Enquiries on whether a person is eligible to practise law in Gibraltar can be made to the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

Entry profile

To be eligible for this course, candidates should hold a Law degree or a legal qualification such as CILEx level 6. If the student wishes to use the core modules as part of their application for admission as a solicitor in England and Wales, they must ensure that they have satisfied the SRA requirements for undertaking the PSC.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide proof of competence in English which is acceptable to the University.

Fees

The fee for this course for academic year 2020/2021 is £1,500.

This includes all University of Gibraltar application and initial registration fees, course materials, general administration and tuition.

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