The Law School runs two full-time courses in Dublin for trainees - the Professional Practice Course I and the Professional Practice Course II (PPC I & PPC II) and a new hybrid course from 2020.
The full-time courses are practice-oriented and instruction is given mainly by practising solicitors and Law Society staff. They are assessed through continuous assessment and end-of-course examinations.
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Eligible applicants for PPC I must have:
- Passed, or gained exemption from the Preliminary Examination
- Passed the Final Examination - First Part
- Found a suitable (practising) solicitor to act as a training solicitor
The PPC I takes place annually, usually commencing in September, running through until March (inclusive of examinations).
The following are the subjects covered on the PPC I:
- Foundation Course
- Applied Land Law
- Probate & Tax
- Business Law
- Litigation (Civil & Criminal)
- Legal Practice Irish (LPI)
- Skills - Civil & Criminal Advocacy, Interviewing & Advising, Legal Research, Legal Presentation Skills, Legal Writing & Drafting, Negotiation & Professional Development.
Your training contract commences 14 days after the final examination on PPC I.
Provisional PPC II dates
All dates are inclusive of examinations.
PPC II 2019: Monday 08 April 2019 - Tuesday 02 July 2019
Before you can be admitted onto the PPC II course you must have been declared by the Education Committee to have passed your PPC I. Where you have not passed the PPC I, you continue training in your office. Once you have passed the PPC I repeat, generally held in the autumn, you can apply to be admitted to the following year’s PPC II course.
After 11 months into the 24-month training period, you return to the Law School to attend PPC II. It usually commences in April each year and runs for 11 weeks, inclusive of examinations.
Having completed PPC II, you must return to the office of the training solicitor and complete the outstanding period of time - ten months if the trainee has not gained credit for work done prior to PPC I, or six months if credit has been obtained.
Prizes for PPC Courses
The Findlater Scholarship was founded in 1877 by the late Sir William Findlater D.L., a past President of the Law Society of Ireland. This prestigious award is presented by the Law Society for the best performance in PPC I & PPC II examinations. There are also prizes available for each subject on PPC I.