The Complete Lawyer

Psychological development, the third pillar of professional education, is reflected throughout the Professional Practice Course (PPC) curriculum.

A pillar of professionalism

The Professional Practice Course (PPC) has four interconnected pillars reflecting the diverse competencies required of solicitors. These pillars are: 

  • Knowledge and Analytical Thinking

  • Legal Skills

  • Psychological Development

  • Professional Responsibility

About the Complete Lawyer module  

The Complete Lawyer is unique to Irish professional legal training and forms the third pillar of professional education in both the PPC Fused and PPC Hybrid courses. It is designed to harness the power and potential of trainee solicitors for enhanced learning, wellbeing and success both personally and professionally. The Complete Lawyer module is delivered by the Psychological Services team, in collaboration with leading experts, experienced practitioners, psychotherapists, group psychotherapists, executive coaches and suitably qualified professionals.

This module is delivered through a mix of in-person, live and recorded zoom sessions, and is accompanied by a Reflective Practice series, in which the five key aspects of life in professional practice are explored experientially in skills groups: 

  1. Psychology of a Lawyer
  2. Psychology of a Belonging
  3. Psychology of a Legal Workplace
  4. Psychology of Leadership
  5. Psychology of Mental Health and Wellbeing

About Trauma Informed Lawyering

Law Society Psychological Services collaborates with the Family and Child Law team to offer trainees cutting-edge content relating to Trauma-Informed legal practice.

The Family and Child Law Professional Practice Course module is a broad overview of a complex and rapidly developing area of law in Ireland. The past decades have witnessed gradual but decisive shifts in the dominant concerns of Family Law. The adoption of a trauma-informed approach when working with complex clients represents as seismic shift in the practice of Family and Child Law internationally.  This module integrates knowledge, theories and practical implications when working with trauma, delivered by some leading legal practitioners and psychotherapists.