The Law Society has given Swansea University the go ahead to run the full-time Legal Practice Course, featuring the country's first LPC module specialising in the public sector.
Professor Iwan Davies, head of the law department at Swansea University, said: 'This is an exciting opportunity for Swansea to attract students from all over the UK to study public law in a dynamic law department with established links to a large unitary authority's legal department.
'The City and County of Swansea already takes many students from the law department on work placement, and indeed we have co-founded the Lord Williams of Mostyn Scholarship with the council specifically to encourage the study of law in the public sector.
'It seemed logical to build on this and to formally incorporate the skills needed in a local government legal practice into the LPC programme.'
David Daycock, head of legal and democratic services at The City and County of Swansea said: 'The first intake of students will be in September 2004 and we are sure there will be a high demand for places, not least due to the public governance module, which will touch upon such areas as judicial review, committee practice and procedure, probity and ethics, procurement and data protection.
'It will also give a sound foundation to solicitors wishing to practice public law, whether in local government, central or regional government or in private law practices that deal with governmental issues.
'We are delighted that the Law Society has agreed to validate the course and look forward to playin g a significant role in the delivery of the public governance module.'