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Professional Skills Course

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

  • Law
  • Full Time
  • 8 Days
  • Start 5th Oct 2021

About this course

The Professional Skills Course (PSC) will be delivered in accordance with the requirements set by the Supreme Court (Amendment) Act 2015. This legislation requires all persons who wish to be admitted and enrolled as either a solicitor or barrister of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar and who have completed the Solicitors’ LPC or been called to the Bar in England and Wales to complete three mandatory components. One of these components is academic which is delivered by way of a Professional Skills Course.
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 delivered 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 online in three separate block deliveries.

Client Care and Professional Standards:

Tuesday 5th October to Wednesday 6th October 2021

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.

Financial and Business Skills:

Thursday 7th October, Friday 8th October and Monday 11th October 2021

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

Advocacy and Communication Skills:

Tuesday 12th October to Thursday 14th October 2021

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 is £1,500 (£1,200 ULAW fee + £300 admin fee). This includes initial registration fees, as well as course materials and tuition.
The University cannot guarantee places on this course which may be limited due to class size and in order to ensure quality of teaching. The course will be delivered subject to minimum numbers being met. Should minimum numbers not be met for the October course  later dates will be announced on this website.

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Applications for the 21/22 courses are now closed.
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