College of Law strikes e-learning deal with Scots giant

Dundas & Wilson has struck a training agreement with the College of Law (CoL) to provide an online learning programme for its Scottish trainees in a bid to develop their “business awareness”.

Under the deal CoL will provide Dundas & Wilson’s Scottish-qualified trainees with extra training based on the college’s corporate and commercial Legal Practice Course (LPC) electives.

Director of learning and professional development at Dundas & Wilson Jim Moser said: “We want our trainees in Scotland to take these extra modules to allow them to develop strong business awareness. This will achieve added value for us, our clients and also our students.”

Meanwhile the firm has also pledged to send all its future trainees qualifying in England and Wales to the college to study their Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and LPC.

Dundas & Wilson has up to 30 trainees per year across both jurisdictions. Under the three-year agreement, which starts in September 2010, its England and Wales trainees can study the GDL and LPC at any of the provider’s eight centres nationwide.

Elsewhere, the Law Society of Scotland has announced plans to scrap its current Professional Competence Course (PCC) for trainees in favour of a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

It is planned that from 2011 all trainees in Scotland will no longer have to take time out of their training contract to study the PCC at university, but will instead, be able to spread the new 60-hour trainee CPD over two years.