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Requirement to complete the PSC

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Regulation 29: Requirement to complete the PSC


Subject to the QLTR and/or QLTSR, you cannot be admitted as a solicitor unless you have satisfactorily completed a PSC.


You may only attend a PSC:


after you have completed all LPC assessments and during the training contract; or


if you are a Chartered Legal Executive who is not required to serve under a training contract by virtue of regulation 30.


If you are a trainee solicitor, you cannot complete the Client Care and Professional Standards module of the PSC until you have served at least six months' full-time or equivalent of your training contract.

Guidance note:


If you commence a training contract as described in the guidance note to regulation 20, you may commence a PSC at the beginning of your training contract, and before you have received your LPC Stage 2 results.


This is on the basis that subsequently obtaining the results of Stage 2 of the LPC and passing is a condition of satisfactory completion of the PSC.


We will also recognise satisfactory completion of the PSC if you initially fail Stage 2 of the LPC, but are continuing in your training contract as described in the guidance note to regulation 20.