PPC II 2023

The final iteration of the existing PPC II will commence on 22 May 2023 and run until 27 July 2023 (inclusive of examinations).

A more detailed timetable will be available online over the coming weeks. Please check back regularly for updates. 

  • Elective Booklet – available to download January 2023

  • Elective Credit Application – available to download January 2023

  • Form 6 for Printing – available to download January 2023

  • Guide to completing Form 6 – available to download January 2023

Stream Requests

Unfortunately, we cannot take stream requests due to the nature of the PPC II course. Your attendance time will depend on your elective choices so it is not possible to allocate people to a specific start and/or finish time.

Credit Application

Applications for a credit must be made in writing no later than end of March 2022. Further updates will be provided in due course.

The activity for which you are claiming a credit must be completed before the commencement of PPC II. Please note that the activity for which you apply for a credit will preclude you from choosing the corresponding elective. For example, the Diploma in Commercial Conveyancing would preclude you from choosing Commercial Conveyancing or the Diploma in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law would preclude you from choosing Technology & Intellectual Property Law.

If you are unsure of your choices, please contact Lynda Sheane.

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Conditions of admittance to PPC II

Can I attend PPC II even if I haven't completed the 11 months training period?

You will need to make an application to the Education Committee to include:

  • The reason for your absence. Please also ensure that anticipated or actual absences should be brought to the attention of the training executive at the earliest opportunity.

  • A description of the work experience gained during pre and post PPC I time in the office.

  • Confirmation whether or not you were working in a solicitor’s office before the PPC I and if so for how long

  • An undertaking from you to confirm that you will complete any time that has been missed from the two year period of in-office training.

Your application should be accompanied by a letter from your training solicitor explaining:

  • The time you have spent in the office between the PPC I and the PPC II

  • The time you have spent in the office pre PPC I

  • The experience you have gained in the office (including both pre and post PPC I experience) with particular reference to the Blocks of Experience contained in the Indenture Deed

  • Whether or not your training solicitor supports your application. 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

PPC II Registration

The PPC II Registration Form (Form 6) and a Guide to completing this form will be emailed to your Training Solicitor at the end of February 2021. PPC II Registration will take place online. The deadline to register for the PPCII is Thursday 11th March 2021. The Form 6 along with a confirmation of payment of fees must be emailed to the Traineeship Section no later than Thursday 11 March 2021 to complete the registration process.

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Fees, Grants and Salaries

You do not have to have gained experience in all of the blocks before you can commence PPCII, as long as your training solicitor has provided you with experience in some of the blocks it is fine

What is the deadline for payment of fees and how much are the fees?
The PPC II course fees for 2021 are €4500. Course fees must be paid by the date allocated to you for registration. 

I received a grant on the PPC I – how much should I pay towards my fees on the PPC II?
For example, if you were awarded the Post Graduate Fee Contribution of €2,000 then SUSI will send us the remainder of your grant €666.66. The balance of €3833.34 is therefore payable at registration. If you were awarded the Post Graduate Tuition Fees of €6,270 then we are due to receive the remainder of your grant €2,090 from SUSI. The balance of €2410.00 is therefore payable at registration.

I haven’t received approval for a grant for the PPC II - will I still get a grant?
If you did receive a grant for PPC I and you successfully renewed your application then you can expect to receive the balance of your grant for the PPC II. If you are in receipt of a grant you only need to pay the balance of your PPCII fees after taking into account the expected grant payment. The amount payable by SUSI depends on what type of grant you are in receipt of.

If you are unclear about your grant status for PPC II, please contact SUSI without delay.

I did not receive a grant for PPC I – can I apply for a grant for PPC II?
If you were ineligible or your application for a grant for PPC I was refused then you can still apply for a grant for PPC II. Please contact SUSI and provide them with details as to why you are applying now i.e. change of circumstances. There are no guarantees that your application will be approved.

My training solicitor refuses to pay me while I am on the course
Under the National Minimum Wage Act, trainees must be paid while attending this course. 

Does my training solicitor have to pay my fees?
No, unless you have an agreement to the contrary.

Should I have gained experience in all of the blocks before I can commence PPC II?
You do not have to have gained experience in all of the blocks before you can commence PPC II, as long as your training solicitor has provided you with experience in some of the blocks it is fine.

Completing Form 6

How many days can I be absent from the office?

Statutory holidays plus sick leave not exceeding 10 days. If you have been out of the office on sick leave for an extended period we will require medical certificates.

What is my Indenture commencement date?
This is the date you commenced training with your training solicitor post PPC I. This date is 14 days after the last exam on PPC I. The official commencement date for all trainees who attended the 2019 PPCI is 26 March 2020

Does my Secondment Solicitor have to sign the Form 6?
No. The Form 6 needs to be completed by your training solicitor, as you were still indentured to them while on secondment.

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