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(24 hours of electives)
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This course is compulsory for trainee solicitors and those wishing to qualify as solicitors.
• Trainee solicitors (during their training contract period)
• CILEx transfers
• Paralegals qualifying through equivalent means
As outlined by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority), the PSC should be completed within the 2-year training contract or within a period of recognised training. If you are exempt from recognised training, it then must be completed before admission.
The SRA no longer confines the PSC to a set schedule. Modules can be studied in the order best suited to training need as well as across varying locations and dates. To study the programme at the best pace for you, and to secure your preferred choice of electives, it is always advised to plan your PSC as early as you can. If you are a trainee solicitor, we suggest that you complete your PSC 6-8 weeks prior to the end of your training contract to try and avoid a delay in your Roll application.
Please note the SRA does recommend that the Client Care and Professional Standards course is taken after 6 months full time or full time equivalent training to ensure the course is effective.
Benefits of core modules include:
Client Care and Professional Standards
• Experienced solicitors as trainers.
• Course deals with the SRA syllabus, but focuses on practical skills by utilising realistic case studies and role-play.
Financial and Business Skills
• Learn to extract and deal with examinable content first.
• Allows weekend for revision prior to exam.
• 99% pass rate for exam.
• Final tuition on non-examinable element can be tailored on the day or in advance for in house courses to reflect matters of most value to the delegates or the firm.
• Online revision module available post learning and prior to exam.
• 28-day turnaround on exam results.
Advocacy and Communication Skills
• Experienced advocates as trainers.
• Written standards covered in the context of full trials to make the sessions more experiential.
• Interactive live trial.
• Personalised feedback provided on performance.
This is a two day face to face module, marked on attendance and participation. Day one focuses on client care; day 2 focuses on professional standards.
This is a three day module. Three weeks before the start of this module, delegates are sent a case study, the facts of which they are expected to assimilate in readiness for the course. Delegates are allocated their roles on day one of the module and participate in mock trials on all three days which are assessed throughout by the trainer.
Day 1 – Guidance and team preparation for the criminal mock trial. Trial commences mid afternoon.
Day 2 am - Magistrates Court – Theft trial (Lay Bench) (continued).
Day 2 pm - Guidance and team preparation for the civil mock trial
Day 3 - County Court – Running down trial (Circuit Judge)
(a) You will be assessed throughout the module by your tutor and will also complete a self-assessment upon which your tutor will comment. Please keep this for future reference.
(b) You can be required to retake the advocacy module on the grounds of inadequate preparation or participation, lateness or serious professional misconduct.
(c) Our assessment of you will therefore include:
• Your level and standard of preparation
• Your advocacy
• How you perform any witness role that you are allocated
• Your input into group discussions / feedback on other delegates’ performances
Element 1 – Trainees should be able, in the context of a civil and criminal case, to:
In addition to the Core Modules, trainees (unless exempt) must complete 24 hours of electives, at least 12 hours of which must be taken as face to face tuition. Each Kaplan Altior face to face elective carries an equivalent amount of distance learning.
View a list of Elective courses.
Did you know that you can do our Higher Rights of Audience course as an alternative to the Electives?
If when you qualify, advocacy or litigation will be central to your role, then completing the Higher Rights of Audience training to fulfill the elective requirement could be an attractive option for you. You can complete the training (and take the assessments if you wish) during your training contract, and once you are admitted to the Roll, you may obtain the qualification.
View Higher Rights of Audience course.
Are you struggling to satisfy the contentious element of your training contract?
Experience first-hand the litigation process and overcome the difficulties in satisfying the contentious element of the training contract with the Kaplan Altior Trainee Litigation Programme (TLP). The programme has been specifically designed to expose trainee solicitors, through a variety of activities, to all the contentious practice skills standards stipulated by the SRA as being a requirement of the training contract (period of recognised training).
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