Certificate of Competency in Prison Law

Comprehensive & Complies with SRA Section A2(d) on Continuing Competence


It is currently being updated and the course videos being re-filmed. It will be launched for 2018 in November 2017.

Course information.

Clients in custody have a legitimate expectation that the advice they receive from prison lawyers will be based on an accurate knowledge of the law as it applies to them.

One way of identifying yourself to prisoners as possessing such knowledge is to display the ‘OK Logo’ in your advertising and on your stationery.

oklogoThe ‘OK Logo’ is awarded to those who within one year of registration successfully complete the Institute’s Certificate of Competency in Prison Law course – and prisoners up and down the country know to look for it when searching for a prison lawyer.

Earn the right to display the OK Logo next to your name!

Certificate of Competency in Prison Law Eight DVD Modules (6 CPD points per module)

The Certificate is awarded to those who successfully complete all eight modules within a year of registration and obtain a pass mark of at least 80% in all eight multiple choice examinations. Accreditation lasts for one year and reaccreditation is obtained by attending a one-day prison law update course each September – no further examinations are necessary.

Download the 2017-18 course syllabus here

Testimonials 2016-17

Hundreds of lawyers, Prison Service Officers and Governors and many prison inmates themselves have already benefitted from this course – but don’t take our word for how good it is, just read what people themselves have to say:

I am a senior solicitor with Higher Rights in Crime. In all the years of study I found this course to be one of the most worthwhile. I have been able to develop a Prison Law Department and over the course of 1 year it has grown to 3 full time fee earners and two part timers. If firms with criminal franchises want to develop and grow then I would recommend this course for those who would wish to become involved in providing the after-care service to sentenced criminal clients.
John Weate, Solicitor & Partner, RMNJ, Merseyside
Can I just say what an absolute pleasure this course has been, almost without fail CPD courses are box ticking exercises, but this course has been a breath of fresh air. I already had an interest in Prison Law, but little knowledge, but I now feel able to conduct every area of prison law and have an expanding prison law practice which will soon rival our criminal work both in volume and fee earning—thanks again for what was a rewarding experience and a real pleasure to study.
James Fairweather, Solicitor & Partner, Carringtons Solicitors, Nottingham
I highly recommend this course to all of my Governor Grade colleagues.
Alan Cousins, Governor, Head of Security, HMP Holloway
I found this course very worthwhile and it has certainly helped me in my career.
Richard Stedman, Director, HM Prison Ryehill
I studied this course while in prison, which I left in March 2015 and since then I have been working in the prison law department of a national solicitors firm, I now have my own caseload, fee earn and my life of crime has long since been forgotten – this course changed my life; thank you for it.
Davd F, Ex-Offender, Formerly HMP Spring Hill