Professional Skills Course

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

  • Business and Finance
  • Full Time
  • 8 Days
  • Start 2019-2020

About this course

The University will be offering a Professional Skills Course (PSC) 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 UWE Bristol Law School which forms  part of the Faculty of Business and Law within the University of the West of England (UWE). By way of background,  UWE offer a range of professional legal courses, including the Graduate Diploma in Law (the conversion course for non-Law graduates wishing to become lawyers), the Legal Practice Course, the Bar Professional Training Course and the PSC.

The UWE Bristol Law School comprises one of the largest law teaching establishments within the UK, with a strong academic reputation. They have a track record of receiving the highest ratings from Professional and Regulatory Bodies for the delivery of their vocational and academic programmes. UWE tutors have been trained to use techniques and exercises that promote a deep learning experience, one which continues well after the end of the delegates’ training.

Course Delivery

The core modules will be taught in three separate block deliveries and will take place from 9am to 5:30pm:

Financial and Business Skills:

This is a three day module. The assessment will be a 1 hour 30 minute examination prescribed by the SRA for the PSC and will be sat on the Friday afternoon. The assessment must be passed to complete the module.

Client Care and Professional Standards:

This is a two day module. There is a group presentation on the second day.

Advocacy and Communication Skills:

This is a three day module. There shall be a mock trial on the third day.

Two tutors will co-deliver each day of each of the Core Modules. 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.

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 £1,350 (£1,050 course fee + £300 Admin fee) and are subject to review. This includes all University of Gibraltar application and initial registration fees, as well as covering your course materials, supervision and tuition. The fees shown are for home students.

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