Professional Practice Course (PPC) 2022

A new unitary PPC will commence on Tuesday 6 September 2022.

Law Society new PPC

Incoming Trainee action items

  1. iPad Selection - all trainees are required to select an iPad by 2pm on Friday 15 July 2022.

  2. Upload photo for ID card - to gain access to the entire Law Society campus, you must have a valid Law Society student card. All PPC I trainees are required to upload a digital photo by 23 August 2022. Click on the photo under the Edit Profile area and upload an image of less than 4mb.

  3. PPC 2022 Timetable  - updated 18 August 2022

  4. Core and Skills Group Information – updated 1 September 2022.

About the course

The Law Society is implementing a strategic plan to increase access to and streamline solicitor training in Ireland. Significant innovations have been implemented throughout education with a determined focus on diversity, inclusion and student-centred delivery.

As part of the process, the current two-part ‘sandwich course’ known as PPC I and PPC II, will be combined into a more streamlined, single course. This new unitary PPC will commence on Tuesday 6 September 2022. 

  • Semester 1: 06 September 2022 – 16 December 2022 (including exams)

  • Semester 2: 05 January 2023 – 28 April 2023 (including exams)

  • Semester 3: 02 May 2023 – 30 June 2023 (Advanced Electives including exams)

The new PPC is a fundamentally reworked course with a new syllabus, structure and suite of advanced electives. Click on the image to download the course brochure, or see more information below.

New ppc 2022

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum will run from September 2022 to April/May 2023 (inclusive of examinations) and will include a continued focus on such skills as negotiations, research, drafting, advocacy, interviewing and advising and presentation skills, together with an enhanced focus on more general skills such as leadership, project management, office and legal technology, and finance skills. Professional responsibility, including enhanced coverage of legal ethics, solicitors’ accounts and rules of professional conduct and law firm life, will also form an integral part of the core curriculum. These are in addition to courses, such as business law, dispute resolution, land law, probate, family law and taxation. Psychology of a lawyer and legal practice Irish will continue to be part of the core curriculum.

Advanced Electives

A programme of advanced electives will be provided (i) by the Law Society, (ii) some will be co-provided and (iii) external advanced electives will also be accredited. The timeline for the Society’s advanced electives will be from May 2023 to June/July 2023. To provide guidance to external providers and to ensure consistency across all offerings, the Law Society will publish in good time specific criteria for all advanced electives. Trainees will be required to complete four advanced electives, but may elect to complete more than this minimum requirement. 

In-office training

The two years (24 months) of in-office training continues as a vital and essential vocational component of the overall training to become a solicitor. The in-office training period commences 14 days after the last exam on the Professional Practice Course (PPC). Trainee solicitors will continue to be entitled to potentially benefit from four months’ credit for in-office training occurring prior to commencing the PPC.

 

Timetable Information

A .pdf version of the timetable is available to download .  All students will be given access to an iCalendar at the iPad induction sessions, which once downloaded will update your Outlook and/or iCalendar. Updates to the timetable will be pushed out automatically.

It is important to note that the timetable will always be subject to change due to situations that can arise over which we have no control.

  • Large group session will include a combination of onsite, mixed mode, recorded and live streamed lectures.    
    • Onsite lectures take place at the Law School.  Trainees are required to attend at their allotted timeslot.  These sessions will NOT be recorded and attendance will be closely monitored.
    • Mixed mode lectures are a mix of onsite, live streamed and recorded.  Trainees are free to choose the mode that suits their needs.
    • Zoom LIVE lectures: Trainees are required to join their designed virtual room at the allotted time.  These sessions will NOT be recorded and attendance will be closely monitored.
    • eLectures are pre-recorded and available to watch online for the duration of the course. Students can consume lecture content at their own time and pace.
  • Small group learning sessions and tutorials/workshops will be delivered on-site at Blackhall Place over 3 consecutive days during the week.  Trainees will be divided into tutorial groups with
    • Core groups 01-14 on-site Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and
    • Core groups 15-28 on-site Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday..
    • All groups will have online classes on Fridays. 

The above structure can vary at various points throughout the course. PLEASE NOTE: for the first 2.5 weeks of the PPC 2022 the majority of classes will be onsite at Blackhall Place. 

Fees & Funding

The provisional fee for the core course which runs from September to April/May is €10,500. The provisional fee for advanced electives undertaken with the Law Society is €600 for each course. However trainees choosing to take multiple advanced electives with the Society will benefit from discounts. 

The Law Society is fully committed to providing excellent professional training to our future solicitors. We look forward to welcoming trainee solicitors to the new PPC on September 2022.

Application pack

Download documents to complete your 2022 PPC application below.

  1. PPC Application pack

  2. Form 1

  3. Annexe to Form 1

  4. Form 2A

  5. Annexe to Form 2A

  6. Form 2B

  7. Annexe to Form 2B

  8. Appendix Schedule Revision document

  9. Disability Status Notification Form DN1 (Word and PDF format)

  10. Disability Status Notification Form DN2 (Word and PDF format)

iPad Information & Selection Process Guidelines

Course fees for Fused PPC1 2022 trainees include course materials and the iPad 9th Generation 10.2-inch with retina display, WiFi and 64gb storage. This iPad supports the Apple Pencil 1st generation should you wish to purchase one.

If a trainee would like to upgrade to a higher spec iPad, a payment must be made by the trainee. Our current upgrade options are limited due to Apple constraints worldwide. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to accept any requests for upgrades after the closing date. 

We recommend that you consult the Apple website before making your choice of iPad.

All PPC trainees are required to select their iPad preference by 2pm on Friday 15 July 2022. Select your iPad now or view answers to common questions below.

What iPads are available?

  1. iPad 10.2-inch (9th Gen) Wi-Fi 64GB - €0.00 (no additional cost, included in course fees)

  2. iPad 10.2-inch (9th Gen) Wi-Fi 256GB - €180

  3. iPad Air 10.9-inch (5th Gen) WiFi 64GB - €320

  4. iPad Air 10.9-inch (5th Gen) WiFi 256GB - €490

  5. iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd Gen) WiFi 256GB - €630

  6. iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th Gen) WiFi 256GB - €952

Students can also opt to purchase an iPad Pencil

How do I select my iPad preference?

  1. Log in to the Law Society website using your Law Society ID number (also known as your FE-1 number). If you need to you can reset your password. For assistance, contact webmaster@lawsociety.ie.

  2. Follow the link to the iPad selection page.

  3. Select your iPad preference.

  4. Print off your receipt as proof of purchase. You will need this proof of purchase prior to collecting your iPad on 6 September 2022.

When will I get my iPad and what do I need to set it up?

  • Your iPad will be given to you on the first day of the Fused PPC 2022 course.

  • Trainee iPad deployment and setup will take place onsite. Attendance at these sessions is compulsory.

  • Bring your iPad receipt as proof of purchase as you will be asked for this before the iPad is given to you.

  • You will need your Apple ID username and password to setup your iPad, this is required for all trainees. If you do not already have an Apple ID you can set one up online. If you already have an Apple ID then you can check that you know the username and password.

  • Read the Apple Customer Privacy Policy and Apple Terms and Conditions.

I have queries, who do I contact?

Queries

If you have any queries about the programme, please contact Education Standards Manager Rory O'Boyle.