Law Licence (PSC Professional Skills Course) Information
Your licence to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales is only granted after the successful completion of a Training Contract and the PSC programme. Obtaining a law licence ultimately concludes with you being fully trained in all aspects of the practical application of theoretical knowledge, and the acquiring of key legal skills.
All knowledge and skills acquired during the LPC (Legal Practice Course) and Training Contract will be contextually bound together so that you are fully aware of your responsibilities, limitations and ethical duties as a practising solicitor.
The Law Licence (PSC)
The law licence is finally granted after completion of the PSC programme, which takes 12 days in total and includes giving you the final skills training to enable you as effective solicitors and includes:
• Advocacy and Communication Skills, lasting three days (18 hours)
• Client Care and Professional Standards, lasting two days (12 hours)
• Financial and Business Skills, lasting three days (18 hours)
The Law Licence stage of solicitor training involves the completion of the core modules listed above, as well as four one-day electives to address areas of specialisation.
One-Day PSC Electives
• Practice skills electives
• Contentious skills electives
• Non-contentious skills electives
• Higher Rights of Audience
What does gaining the Law Licence Mean?
Gaining your Law Licence by completing the Professional Skills Course will allow you to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. It does not mean that you will remain a successful solicitor unless you undertake the necessary Continuing Professional Development programmes, which are on-going for solicitors and barristers.
Qualified and practising solicitors who work 32 hours or more each week are required to undertake 16 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in order for their Law Licence to remain valid.
When do I Get my Law Licence?
Gaining the right to practice law in England and Wales is only possible after successfully completing a Training Contract with a law firm and the PSC, as per the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) regulations. After completing two years of the Training Contract and passing the PSC programme, solicitors are entered onto the roll of solicitors for England and Wales.
How Lawtraining.co.uk Can Help
By now you will already know how choosy the top law firms can be when selecting trainee solicitors. Gaining your law licence from reputable course providers that are already in contact with top law firms can increase your chances of securing the best jobs.
If you have not yet reached Law Licence stage and are still looking to get your Legal Practice Course, then there is even more reason to use the free services found on the Lawtraining.co.uk website. Lawtraining.co.uk has access to SRA approved course providers who are regularly approached for trainee solicitors.