PPC Hybrid

The Professional Practice Course Hybrid (PPC Hybrid) combines online lectures with face-to-face tuition (the exact level of such face-to-face tuition is currently subject to review and is Covid dependent).

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PPC Hybrid 2021 - Provisional dates

  • Induction day onsite: Wednesday 15 December 2021
  • Introductory lectures live online: Thursday 16 December 2021

The Law Society of Ireland’s Law School is delighted to offer the 2021 Professional Practice Course Hybrid (PPC Hybrid) which delivers an optimised blended learning experience. The combination of online recorded lectures, ‘live’ online tutorials and skills workshops together with onsite face-to-face tuition provides a dynamic and flexible route into practice.* 

Both the PPC I and the PPC II are offered in the hybrid blended learning format which includes: 

  • Incremental release of recorded online lectures in play on demand mode.
  • On-site face-to-face tuition through weekend sessions focusing on skills and small group work for the core written subject (COVID-19 dependent) 
  • ‘Live’ online tutorials and skills workshops to supplement the onsite small group work.

At your Induction Day, which is provisionally scheduled for 15 December 2021, iPads will be distributed and initial online lectures released. 

Advantages of PPC Hybrid option 

  • Provides a route into practice that suits your lifestyle. 
  • Potentially continue working while taking engaging online classes.
  • Experience the full range of academic, networking, and professional development resources of the Society’s Law School. 

Structure and learning approach

The PPC Hybrid provides an exceptionally flexible learning experience by combining campus and online study. It offers a well-rounded programme, which will allow you to develop legal knowledge and skills to the highest of international standards, whilst also preparing you for the reality of life as a solicitor. The PPC is practice-orientated and instruction is given almost entirely by the Society’s staff and practising solicitors. 

Academic calendar: January 2022 - October 2022

Recorded online lectures

Lecture content will be provided in a predominantly online play on demand format. Recorded lecture content will be released on a monthly incremental basis, with lecture content relevant to tutorials/workshops occurring in that month released in advance. 

Onsite weekends and ‘live’ online weekends

There will be nine onsite face-to-face tuition weekends in Blackhall over the duration of the PPC I. Such weekends will commence at approximately 1.00pm on a Friday and conclude on Saturday evening. Onsite weekends will be supplemented by ten ‘live’ online weekends. Such online weekends will focus on tutorials for the core written subjects, together with the occasional skills workshop and the occasional ‘live’ online lecture. Online weekends will commence at approximately 4.00pm on a Friday and conclude on Saturday evening.

Onsite and online PPC I provisional weekend dates for 2022 are as follows:

Onsite weekends at Blackhall Place

  • Friday 14 and Saturday 15 January
  • Friday 4 and Saturday 5 February
  • Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March
  • Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April
  • Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May
  • Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June
  • Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July
  • Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September
  • Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October

(Note: the above onsite sessions are Covid--19 dependent and will be delivered online if deemed necessary.)

 Online weekend dates

  • Friday 21 and Saturday 22 January
  • Friday 18 and Saturday 19 February
  • Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March
  • Friday 22 and Saturday 23 April
  • Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May
  • Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June
  • Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July
  • Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August
  • Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August
  • Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September

Digital learning resources

Accessibility is one of the key factors in providing the PPC Hybrid option. Technological innovations are embedded throughout the course to provide a flexible student-centric experience. Digital course features include: 

    • Complimentary apple iPad.
    • Online release of lectures in play on demand mode. 
    • Access to our customised virtual learning platform via Moodle.
    • Online course materials and reading lists. 
    • Interactive learning e-resources. 
    • Online conferencing with fellow students, study groups and course forums. 
    • Engaging revisionary tools

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Syllabus content

The following are the subjects covered on the PPC I: 

  • Applied Land Law
  • Business Law
  • Family & Child Law
  • Legal Practice Irish (LPI) 
  • Litigation (Civil & Criminal)
  • Probate & Tax
  • Skills - Interviewing & Advising, Legal Research, Legal Presentation Skills, Legal Writing & Drafting, Negotiation & Professional Development.

Assessment/Exams

Core written modules for the PPC I (i.e. Applied Land Law; Probate & Tax; Business Law & Litigation) are assessed through end of course examinations. The end of course examinations will take place in Dublin. The provisional dates for those examinations are Monday 10 October 2022 through to Thursday 13 October 2022.

Skills are assessed separately by means of a Civil Advocacy Practical which will take place on the PPC II.

In-office training

As with all applicants, all PPC Hybrid applicants must have secured a training contract with a training solicitor. This training, known as the in-office training period, typically has duration of 24 months and commences after completion of the PPC I. A range of useful resources to assist in the process of finding and securing a training contract is available on our website: www.lawsociety.ie/becomingasolicitor

PPC Hybrid trainees have an advantage of being able to potentially engage in employment during the PPC I. If that employment is with the training solicitor or any other practising solicitor then you may accrue partial credit of up to five-months for in-office training occurring during the PPC I. (This is in addition to any credit that might apply if you are entitled to credit for in-office training with your training solicitor or another practising solicitor immediately prior to starting PPC I).

PPC II (online and onsite, July 2023 – October 2023)

The PPC II Hybrid will be delivered in the same blended learning format. Recorded online lectures will be released on an incremental basis and will be made available in play on demand mode throughout the term. Onsite face-to-face tuition weekends will be supplemented by ‘live’ online tuition weekends.

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 you can apply to be admitted to the following year’s PPC II course.

Pathway to qualification

The exact date of your qualification will be dependent on your own pathway through the PPC Hybrid, in particular the amount of in-office training credit that you are eligible to claim (see above). The following examples provide an indication of the expected date of qualification for those joining the Hybrid PPC I 2021.

Example 1: Maximum in-office training credit applies (i.e. four months’ credit for in office training occurring prior to the PPC I and five months’ credit for in-office occurring during the PPC I)

  • The general rule is 24 months’ in-office training to start 14 days after the completion of the PPC I, that is 24 months from November 2022.
  • Less 4 months’ credit for in office training occurring prior to the PPC I and less 5 months’ credit for in-office training occurring during the PPC I, meaning 15 months post-PPC I in-office training required.
  • Expected qualification is therefore start February 2024 (i.e. 15 months from November 2022).

Example 2: Five months’ credit for in office training occurring during the PPC I only applies

  • The general rule is 24 months in-office training to start 14 days after the completion of the PPC I, that is 24 months from November 2022.
  • Less 5 months’ credit for in-office training occurring during the PPC I, meaning 15 months post PPC-I in-office training required.
  • Expected date of qualification is start July 2024 (i.e. 20 months from November 2022).

Example 3: No in-office training credit applies

  • The general rule is 24 months in-office training to start 14 days after the completion of the PPC I, that is 24 months from the November 2022.
  • Expected date of qualification is start November 2024

Campus life

During the year students can also avail of a wide range of support services including: 

  • Library Services available on-site and online. 
  • Dedicated IT support helpdesk also available over the phone and through email. 
  • The Law School Psychological Services, providing individual and group counselling plus the PPC Shrink Me; Psychology of a Lawyer modules.
  • The Traineeship Team which assists in optimising the apprenticeship work experience, organising secondments and claiming work credits.
  • Student Development Service facilitating the social and professional development of trainee solicitors.
  • Career Support Team focusing on career development including CV and interview preparation.

During the academic year, we host a range of additional student activities, from seminars and networking events to Moot competitions. We invite you to take part in these free events, as they provide the opportunity for peer-to-peer learning, networking, and development of new skills. 

Disability supports and services

We are committed to providing an equal opportunities learning environment, which meets the specific and diverse needs of all of our learners. Further information on disability support and services is available on our website: www.lawsociety.ie/becomingasolicitor

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How to apply

The criteria for entry onto the PPC Hybrid is the same as the standard PPC, namely:

  • Passed, or gained exemption from the Preliminary Examination.
  • Passed the Final Examination - First Part (FE1).
  • Found a suitable (practising) solicitor to act as a training solicitor.

Prospective trainee solicitors can now download the December 2021 PPC Hybrid Application Pack and related documents. Deadline is 1 October 2021.

For all queries in relation to the application process please contact the Society's Traineeship section.

Fees and Funding

The course fees for the PPC Hybrid are the same as for the standard route, namely €8,300 for the PPC I and €4,500 for the PPC II.

Guidance for training solicitors

  • During the delivery of the PPC I and PPC II, we recommend that a trainee works only four days a week. Not every weekend is a Hybrid weekend, but providing the trainee with one day a week off every week will greatly assist their learning process.
  • Ensure time-off for trainees prior to the PPC I examinations in October and the PPC II examinations.
  • Be aware that the PPC is an intensive course with trainees having to engage in learning materials in the evenings and at the weekends. As such, during the delivery of the both the PPC I and PPC II, try to allocate work load accordingly such that the trainees are generally able to leave the office without having to unduly work evenings or at weekends.

Contact us

If you have a question about the PPC Hybrid, please contact the Course Manager, Rory O’Boyle.

For all queries in relation to the application process, please contact the Society's Traineeship section.

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