As a trainee, you are required to complete 60 hours of CPD training over the two years of your training contract. 40 of these hours must be with a provider that is authorised by the Law Society; the remaining 20 hours can be made up with any CPD provider.

We have developed a TCPD programme that provides all of the required 40 accredited hours over the course of four modules. You can choose to undertake all four, or a selection of them.

Our programme encourages you to identify your own training requirements. To help guide you through the process, you will be assigned a mentor who you will meet regularly to review particular skills as well as more general aspects of your development.

 

 

Our programme runs continuously throughout the year as our course is built on the concept of independent study and can be completed at the trainee’s own pace, however the suggested months to begin each module are:

  • Module 1 – May
  • Module 2 – September
  • Module 3 – November
  • Module 4 – February

This is only a guide and you can register for our programme at any time when it is appropriate to your learning requirements.

Module 1 is compulsory if you wish to complete our electives Module 3 or 4. Module 2 can be selected as a stand-alone ethics course.

  • Module 1 is £300 +VAT with each additional module costing £200 +VAT (if purchased separately)
  • all four modules can be purchased for £800 +VAT (you must sign up to all four modules at the time of booking)
  • the remaining 20 hours of CPD can be built up from Update conference & events’ award-winning seminar programme for an additional £300 +VAT

Your mentor will be chosen from a pool of experienced practitioners, recruited and trained by the Society, as most suitable in relation to your areas of practice and geographical location.

Your mentor is there to assist you throughout the Update TCPD course and with your general career development. Each mentor is trained in the Law Society’s approach to TCPD and equality and diversity. They can help maximise your learning and development and answer any questions or concerns you might have in confidence. In addition, they will give constructive feedback throughout the process and provide a formative and summative assessment of your overall work. It is important you work with your mentor to get the most out of your TCPD course.

Your mentor will work with you over a period of 12 months, meeting face-to-face, by telepone or Skype. In addition to this, your mentor will review all written work you complete for Module 1 and any of the other three elective Modules undertaken.  At the end of the year, your mentor will complete a written report to the Society commenting on the your progress and work. 

All discussions between you and your mentor will be confidential.

How does Module 1 work?
Module 1 is compulsory and comprises 15 hours of personal work over a 12-month period. You will be given a folder that contains a number of compulsory and optional exercises. The compulsory section includes access to online psychometric tests and to exercises that ask you to think about your career progression. The optional exercises encourage you to address particular skills you may wish to develop, such as risk and time management. You will also be assigned a mentor who will provide you with practical and confidential support and feedback. 

How will my work be assessed on this module?
Your work will be assessed on the basis of your completed and submitted portfolio.  There are a number of compulsory pieces of evidence that must be included, such as your online questionnaire results and any formal feedback from your mentor. 

How will this module help me?
This module is designed to help build your confidence and to demonstrate that you have met the PEAT 2 learning outcomes. It will also allow you to improve your skills and abilities, particularly in relation to time and risk management.

How does Module 2 (Ethics) work?
You are required to complete Module 2 within months 9 to 15 of your traineeship. This module comprises written exercises and an ethics debate. The debate is in the evening and is chaired by a judge. Trainees are put in teams and expected to research and debate opposing sides of a case study. You will spend a total of nine hours preparing, taking part in the debate and carrying out follow-up work. 

How will my work be assessed on this module?
Both your individual and group work will be assessed by the judge of the debate and your allocated mentor. 

How will this module help me?
This module will help you apply your knowledge about ethics and professional standards on PEAT 1/DLP (Professional Education and Training stage 1 – the Diploma) and combine it with your practice experience to date. The aim of this module is to develop your abilities in dealing with the complexities of ethical choices and the formal requirements of confidentiality, conflict of interest and anti-money laundering.

How does module 3 work?  
This module is based on a medical negligence case study and requires you to complete a total of 13 hours of work, including written work and a training day. It is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in interviewing and negotiating through the use of a case study, group working, tutor direction, feedback, assessment and role play involving professional actors. It is designed for both first and second year trainees, with numbers on the training day limited to 16 trainees supported by two tutors and two actors.

How will my work be assessed?
Your work will be assessed informally by your tutors on the training day and formally by your mentor.

How will this module help me?
This module will allow you to practise the skills you use when working with clients to take instructions, probing for clarity of information, explaining what options are available in relation to the legalities of their situation and obtaining instructions to settle. You will also develop your negotiation, drafting and writing skills.

The next training day will be Wednesday 22nd November 2016.  To register for this training day you must be enrolled in Update TCPD's module 3. 

How does Module 4 work?
Module 4 comprises 13 hours of written work and attending a one-day training session. This module is based on a case study of a law firm and requires you to consider a number of problems facing the firm, including financial and business matters, inter-partner tensions and a formal complaint. You will work in a team of trainees and with an actor playing the role of one of the partners of the firm.

How will my work be assessed on this module?
You work will be assessed informally by your tutors on the training session and formally by your mentor.

How will this module help me?
This module will help you develop your commercial and business skills in the context of running a law firm, including planning, risk management and responding to changes in the way legal services are delivered. It will also allow you to see how to handle the inter-personal dynamics of partners and associates and develop your commercial awareness

There are three trainig days over the course of the Update TCPD programme:

Module 2 Ethics Debate - takes place during a weekday evening, usually 5:30-7:30pm, in venues across Scotland. You will be placed in a team with other trainees and given a debate topic to work on prior to the event. Your team will then debate your topic against a rival trainee team. A presiding judge will offer guidance throughout the debate, and feedback on your performance afterwards. This is usualy ran two to three times a year.

Module 3 Training Day - takes place in the Law Society Edinburgh, 9am-5pm. The day is a mixture of lectures and workshops. You will be given a case study prior to the event which you should prepare. Actors will be in attendance for you to practice your questionning skills on. This day is held in November, once a year.

Module 4 Training Day - takes place in the Law Society Edinburgh, 9am-5pm. The day is a mixture of lectures and workshops. You will be given a case study prior to the event which you should prepare. Actors will be in attendance for you to practice your questionning skills on. This day is held in  February, once a year.

Why am I asked to do preparation?
You are given credit for specified accredited hours and asked to do specific tasks in relation to your personal preparation for each of the modules. It is important that you complete the assigned work properly so that you get the most out of attending the available training days and so that the tutor can assess that you have fully prepared. In addition, you need to be able to work effectively with the other trainees attending.

Why am I asked to do follow-up work?
You are given credit for specified accredited hours and asked to do specific tasks in relation to the follow-up to each of the modules. It is important that you complete the assigned work so that you are able to reflect on what you have gained from attending the training day and so that your mentor can assess what you have learned.

Once you have completed all of your chosen modules you will be asked to post your portfolio back to the Law Society. You should include a paper copy of all your written work and any mentor feedback you have received.

If your submitted portfolio is deemed to be incomplete, you will be asked to submit additional examples of the required exercises.  

Once we are satisfied your work meets the required standard, we will issue you with a certificate and return your portfolio.