Professional Certificate of Competence in Gibraltar Law

Gibraltar has its own legal system, which although based on the English judicial system, has its own laws and distinctive character.

  • Law
  • Part Time
  • 35 Weeks
  • Start October 2024

About this course

Gibraltar has its own legal system, which although based on the English judicial system, has its own laws and distinctive character.
This course is designed to give a solid foundation in the specifics of the Gibraltar legal system and provide a common standardised platform for professionals looking to practise in this field.

Who is the course for?

Persons who wish to be admitted and enrolled as either a solicitor or barrister of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar having completed the Solicitors’ Legal Practice Course (“LPC”) in England and Wales or having been called to the Bar in England and Wales.
The course is suitable for qualified legal professionals who are looking to obtain a Gibraltar-recognised professional certification.
This course is a statutory requirement by virtue of The Amendment to the Supreme Court 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 Certificate of Competence in Gibraltar Law.

What would I get at the end of the course?

Upon successfully completing the course, all participants will be issued with an education award, Professional Certificate of Competence in Gibraltar Law, from the University of Gibraltar which is one of three mandatory components to being called to the Bar or to being enrolled as a Solicitor in Gibraltar (after 1st July 2015).

Course Aims

The course aims are:
  1. To provide training on Gibraltar Law to persons who wish to practise law in Gibraltar;
  2. To provide an acknowledgement that such training has been completed to a recognised standard; and
  3. To enhance professional standards of those engaged in work involving Gibraltar Law.

Who teaches the course?

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Course structure

The University of Gibraltar will be running this course on a part-time basis. It commences on 1st October 2024 and sessions will take place once a week (Tuesdays) from 18:15 – 20:15 on campus. These times take into account those already in employment.
Please note there is an 80% mandatory attendance criteria (face-to-face classes) to be able to successfully complete the course and classes are taught face-to-face.

Topics Covered

The areas of law are reviewed in consultation with the Minister for Justice and the Chief Justice.
The topics listed below will be covered during the 2024-2025 course.
The course comprises of three units:
  • Legal System, Procedure & Regulation
  • Constitutional, Public & International
  • Specialist Subjects I
The sequence in which each topic will be covered and the contents of each session may be subject to change.

Testimonials

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It really has been very valuable. There are many nuances of Gibraltar law and practice which are different from the UK and have been usefully highlighted and explained in the various sessions. It is an impressive reflection on the dedication of the local legal profession that so many Gibraltarian lawyers gave up their time to offer the classes, set the questions and evaluate our oral presentations.

Rowan Pennington Benton, Barrister

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Rowan Pennington Benton, Barrister

It really has been very valuable. There are many nuances of Gibraltar law and practice which are different from the UK and have been usefully highlighted and explained in the various sessions. It is an impressive reflection on the dedication of the local legal profession that so many Gibraltarian lawyers gave up their time to offer the classes, set the questions and evaluate our oral presentations.
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Entry profile

To be eligible for this course, candidates should hold a Law degree or a legal qualification such as CILEx level 6. If English is not your first language, you will need to provide proof of competence in English which is acceptable to the University.

This course is independently recognised by the Gibraltar Bar Council. The awarding body for this course is the University of Gibraltar. The University is the academic institution and, as such, the provider of the course and examinations 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 are to be made to the Legal Services Regulatory Authority on  info@lsra.gi

Fees

The course fee for academic year 2024/2025 is £3,100.00
This includes tuition, course materials and examination fees.

Apply

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Deadline for applications is Monday 16th September 2024.
The University cannot guarantee places on this course which may be limited due to class size and in order to ensure quality of teaching. Applications are considered on a first-come-first serve basis.
The course will be delivered subject to minimum numbers being met.
Please read our Terms & Conditions. Our Code of Practice on Recruitment, Selection and Admission can be found here.