Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Professional Skills Course (Law)

The course must be completed by trainees during their 2 year training contract; it aims to build on the foundations laid in the legal practice course and to ensure that during the training period all trainee solicitors receive formal instruction in those practical matters which are best studied while working in practice; the Law Society has stated that it intends to take a practical approach to the provision of the course whilst ensuring that high quality is maintained.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the legal practice course.

Course modules

Modules include: advocacy and communication skills (3 days); financial and business skills (3 days); client care and professional standards (2 days); plus an elective element (4 days).

Assessment methods

The only formal assessment on the course occurs in the financial and business skills module, where you will need to sit a 90-minute unseen 'open book' examination on day three. For the other modules, there is no formal assessment but you will be expected to participate fully and will receive feedback on your performance during each module. You may also need to do some preparatory work in between sessions.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional Award Full-time - 2 weeks

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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