The University of Wales has joined forces with Swansea Council to launch the UKs first law module for students hoping to practise in the public sector.
The Law Society has given Swansea University the go-ahead to run the full-time LPC, featuring the countrys first LPC module specialising in the public sector.
The university has linked up with the councils head of legal services David Daycock to devise the module, which will give students the opportunity to study at the professional legal training stage the skills they will need to practise in the public sector. It will also give a sound foundation to solicitors wishing to specialise in public law, whether in local, central or regional government or in a private practice firm dealing with governmental issues.
Professor Iwan Davies, head of the law department at Swansea University, said: This is an exciting opportunity for Swansea to attract students from all over the UK to study public law in a dynamic law department with established links to a large unitary authoritys legal department.
Davies said the city and county of Swansea already takes many students from the law department on work placement, so it seemed logical to build on this and to formally incorporate the skills needed in a local government legal practice into the LPC programme.
Daycock commented: Were sure therell be a high demand for places, not least due to the public governance module, which will touch upon such areas as judicial review, committee practice and procedure, probity and ethics, procurement and data protection.
The first intake of students will be in September.