College of Law to offer new PSC electives

The College of Law will launch two new professional skills course ( PSC) electives next month.

A legal research option will build upon existing research skills from a business risk perspective, guiding trainees through the research process and emphasises time, cost and reputation as differentiators between academic and professional research to aid trainees’ understanding of best practice and their own skills.

The impact and influence elective will focus on how image and behaviour create positive relationships and can develop a solicitor’s influencing skills. Aimed at those who want to maximise their employability after qualification, it analyses how verbal and non-verbal communications can improve interpersonal skills and identifies individual strengths and weaknesses.

The compulsory PSC is the final hurdle before qualifying as a solicitor and is undertaken during a training contract. It aims to bridge the gap between studying and day to day life at a law firm.

Colin Davey, business development director at CoL said: “The college offers a wide range of electives which is continually updated to allow trainee solicitors to build a PSC programme which meets their specific areas of interest. These two new electives provide skills that are essential to trainees embarking on a career in the modern world of law.”

The CoL recently has secured a deal to be the exclusive Legal Practice Course (LPC) provider for leading social housing law firm Croftons Solicitors. (9 October 2012)