What on earth is the PSC?

GDL, LPC, PSC.....I'm sorry...what?

The PSC was a complete mystery to me before I started my training contract. I had heard fellow law graduates talking about it, but just nodded in oblivious agreement any time that it was mentioned.

It was only a few months ago that I learnt that the PSC actually stood for Professional Skills Course and that every trainee solicitor in the country was put through their paces in both years of their training contract by the SRA, before he or she was able to become a qualified solicitor.

The University of the West of England are our course provider and conveniently for Michelmores trainees, the courses are held in both Exeter and Bristol. 

The first course that the first years went on was Client Care. Not only was the course 9am-5:30pm, a short day which, in the middle of a busy working week, is an absolute joy, but also all other trainees from the South West are also on the course. Therefore, it is a great opportunity to find out what is going on at other firms (and invariably, see just how lucky we are to be working at Michelmores).

The course is currently held at Exeter University's beautiful Reed Hall and, I'm sure that all trainees will agree with me in saying the lunch is truly excellent. A roast dinner in the middle of the day…how very decadent! The chocolate cake for pudding really was the highlight of my day. 

Apart from this, the course constituted a presentation and a few discussions surrounding client care. All of which was insightful and thought-provoking and it was interesting to hear how other firms approach client care issues in finding a solution. 

The second course that we went on was Advocacy, which really was a lot of fun. After all, everyone loves the sound of their own voice and most of all, a great argument. I'm certainly a drama queen at heart. The only downside was that our 'performances' were filmed and needless to say, I won't be watching the DVD anytime soon! 

The final course that we went on was Finance. This was interesting albeit fairly tricky. We are currently awaiting the results of the...wait for it...our final ever exam, but we are all keeping our fingers crossed that everyone passes. 

All in all, it was a really great few days; I made some new friends and learnt a lot. For future trainees, I hope that I have demystified at least one of the many acronyms of the trainee vocabulary.