From Tuesday to Friday, the day begins promptly at 9.30am with lectures and exercises often running to lunchtime. Afternoon classes run from 2.00pm until 5.00pm. On Mondays solicitor trainees spend the day in their masters’ offices and bar trainees take a specialist skills programme which is run in conjunction with practising barristers. This enables them to develop advocacy skills and to build on the practice-related knowledge acquired in other subjects. Bar trainees also participate in a four-week work-experience period with the Citizens Advice Bureaux.
The Institute tries to observe university semester dates, but the Christmas, Easter and summer breaks may not always coincide exactly. Solicitor trainees are expected to spend vacation periods and Mondays in their masters' offices and bar trainees should complete a period of work experience from late August to the end of September.
At the Institute trainees learn "by doing" and for this reason attendance at all classes is compulsory and is closely monitored. The two professional bodies and the Council of Legal Education will take action against any trainee whose attendance is deemed unsatisfactory.
Trainees have use of an on-site IT suite as well as drinks and snacks vending machines. They also have complete access to university facilities including libraries, student computer centres and physical education centre. For security reasons the Institute is closed in the evenings and the weekends.