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The Swansea Legal Practice Course (LPC) is a professional practical course that develops important practice skills and confidence for a successful career in law in England and Wales. Read more
The Swansea Legal Practice Course (LPC) is a professional practical course that develops important practice skills and confidence for a successful career in law in England and Wales. Consistently rated as excellent by both students and external organisations in support of students, the Swansea Legal Practice Course (LPC) represents the best of innovation in professional legal education. The Swansea Legal Practice Course (LPC) is known for the excellence of its pastoral care and support of students and personal tutors provide best practice guidance for personal development and training.

Key Features

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is offered full and part-time and is staffed by a dedicated team of friendly and supportive professionals with extensive experience of legal practice. We operate with dedicated teaching facilities and a practitioner Resource Room with full network access to extensive electronic legal practitioner resources. Legal Practice Course (LPC) students at Swansea participate in Street Law and have the advantage of valuable networking opportunities and work experience placements supported by the course team.

Designed for Law and GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) graduates.

This Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the compulsory course for those wishing to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Taught by experienced Solicitors and Barristers who bring with them a wealth of experience from practice.

Full time Course – 1 year September – June

Part –Time Course – 2 years September – June in each year

Legal Practice Course (LPC) students at Swansea are encouraged to adopt a professional attitude, become business focused and treat the course as a ‘dry run’ of the first year of their training contract with the professional tutors adopting the roles of supervising partners within the firm of Caswell Clyne set up by the course team. Preparation for practice takes place within a supportive but professional environment with a key emphasis on the development of business awareness and transferable skills.

Careers & Employability

The Swansea Legal Practice Course (LPC) has an established work placement programme and the majority of local firms participate in this with a high number of students securing paralegal positions and training contracts as a result of this scheme.

StreetLaw

Access to legal knowledge does not just mean people obtaining legal representation when they are involved in a dispute or complex legal process. In order for people to understand their rights and responsibilities they must know and understand their legal rights. To address this aspect of pro bono work, Swansea Legal Practice Course (LPC) students have set up a Streetlaw programme.

Under this scheme Legal Practice Course (LPC) students supported by their tutors, work with schools and community groups to identify legal concerns. The students then research the relevant material and ultimately present their findings to the partner groups in a user-friendly form. Through discussion, role-play and other interactive methods, students and the community group members both learn about the law in context.

Student Quote

"Undertaking the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Swansea University allowed me excellent access to tutors and a studying environment conducive to success. There were many work experience opportunities in a wide variety of areas of law, ranging from high street firms to the Welsh Assembly Legal Services Department".

Tom Lloyd, Legal Practice Course (LPC)

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About the course. The Legal Practice Course trains you to masters standard, allowing you to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of legal practice, whilst also providing you with the vocational qualification you need in order to go on to practise as a solicitor. Read more

About the course

The Legal Practice Course trains you to masters standard, allowing you to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of legal practice, whilst also providing you with the vocational qualification you need in order to go on to practise as a solicitor.

Highly regarded by the profession and consistently recognised for the quality of its teaching, the course is part of a top-ranking Russell Group University within a vibrant city, and yet is small enough to remain personal.

The MA Legal Practice is very much a hands-on course, using case studies and files based on those used in practice. We ask you to research and acquire knowledge, put that into context, identify issues and place the client at the centre of the problem. Upon completion of this vocational aspect of the course, you then go on to submit a dissertation.

Students who choose not to submit a dissertation will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (which satisfies the vocational requirements).

You can opt to take the course part-time, in which case you are only required to come in for approximately six hours per week – allowing you the rest of your time to gain valuable work experience, something which is highly regarded by employers.

Who we are

We’re a forward-thinking, innovative law school. Our research helps shape global policy. We do what we do to empower people, to protect people and improve people’s lives.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us joint tenth in the UK, with Oxford and Warwick. Ninety per cent of our research was judged world-leading or internationally excellent.

We offer a wide range of law and criminology courses. Our leading criminology courses are delivered by internationally-renowned academics within our Centre for Criminological Research; one of the four original criminological centres of excellence in the UK.

Uniquely among English Russell Group law schools, we also offer the opportunity for you to complete both the academic and vocational stages of qualifying as a solicitor in our Centre for Professional Legal Education.

Your career

Our graduates include CEOs, lawyers, partners in big corporate firms, judges and barristers. Others are solicitors, academics, politicians and policy makers or work in criminal justice or at the Home Office.

Many of our graduates become legal practitioners. But you can use your postgraduate training in different ways, including business, policy development, teaching or research. Our staff can support you in whichever path you choose, having a wealth and variety of experience across all these areas.

Your course will give you the opportunity to meet and engage with professional organisations. And our excellent careers service will support you from the outset, helping you to identify your strengths and plan your next move. At the School of Law we also have an in-house careers adviser, offering specialised advice to Legal Practice Course, Graduate Diploma in Law and other postgraduate students who wish to pursue a career in the legal profession.

How we teach

Many of our academics are internationally respected for their research. Their groundbreaking work informs what we teach.

Our research groups cover a lot of ground, including criminology, commercial law and law in its international context. You’ll benefit from their expertise and that of their professional contacts. Your course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology. Our Legal Practice Course is highly regarded. It will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to enter the legal profession in England or Wales.

We have our own courtroom, a dedicated postgraduate computer room and quiet study space. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building so you can easily access the library’s online collections. Our students can also access our e-resources from anywhere in the world.

Legal Practice Course Stage One (compulsory)

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation and Advocacy
  • Drafting
  • Writing
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Advocacy
  • Professional Conduct
  • Solicitors’ Accounts
  • Wills and Administration of Estates

Stage Two (optional, choose three)

  • Acquisitions and Mergers
  • Advanced Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Law
  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Private Client
  • Personal Injury Litigation


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Prepare to practice as a solicitor in England or Wales. completing our LPC course will allow you to move on to take a training contract. Read more

Prepare to practice as a solicitor in England or Wales: completing our LPC course will allow you to move on to take a training contract. You will explore a number of areas of practicing law, and keep up to date with the latest opportunities in the legal profession. Thanks to our flexible teaching, you will have time to follow these opportunities up, too.

Overview

On our Legal Practice Course at Anglia Law School, you will explore civil litigation and dispute resolution, criminal law, property law and business law. As well as this, our range of optional modules will give you the chance to learn about family law, employment law, child care, commercial dispute resolution and private client work.

You will benefit from extra support and training as well. We offer non-assessed training in areas like billing, file management, commercial awareness and family law.

With our links to practitioners, who also help to develop the course, you will have access to the latest careers advice and maybe even the opportunity to be interviewed for a training contract. We will also keep you up to date on vacancies in the legal job market.

Our high staff-to-student ratio means we can give you an excellent level of pastoral care, addressing your individual needs and supporting your transition from undergraduate study to the Legal Practice Course, and from the LPC to training contracts and employment.

And thanks to our flexible teaching, you will be able to fit your studies around other commitments such as employment or training. Most of our large group sessions are delivered by i-lecture, so you can view remotely from wherever you want.

When you are studying on-campus in Cambridge, you will benefit from a range of facilities including our mock courtroom, which will allow you to practice advocacy in a realistic setting.

We are the only university in East Anglia to offer the Legal Practice Course.

See the website: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/legal-practice-course

Careers

Our LPC course will prepare you for life as a practising solicitor in England or Wales, and allow you to continue on to the two-year training contract that will fully qualify you for professional practice*.

You will most likely choose to complete your two-year training contract with a firm of solicitors in private practice, but might prefer to take one with an alternative employer, such as the UK government (through the Government Legal Service), local government, the Crown Prosecution Service or a law centre. Whatever you decide, you can be sure of receiving specialised guidance for your career in law on our Legal Practice Course.

*unless you have a FILEX qualification and exemption from the SRA.


Modules

Core modules:

Litigation

Property Law and Practice

Business Law and Practice

Interviewing and Advising

Writing

Practical Legal Research

Advocacy

Drafting

Professional Conduct and Regulation

Solicitors Accounts

Wills and Administration of Estates

Optional modules:

Career Development

Billing, File Management and Commercial Awareness

Family Law and Practice

Employment Law and Practice

Child Care

Private Client

Commercial Dispute Resolution

(NB optional modules will only run if there is enough demand).

Assessment

You will show your progress through a combination of timed open book supervised assessments, oral practical and coursework-style assessments across the course. You will also undertake full-scale mock assessments in all areas, including all skills subjects.

All students take our core modules, plus three vocational subjects from the list of optional modules. Please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.



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The Legal Practice Course (LPC) aims to prepare you for employment as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. Read more
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) aims to prepare you for employment as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. This course can be studied full-time or part-time (day or evening). In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 98.2% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This course provides graduates who have completed the academic stage of legal training with the professional stage of training required to qualify as a solicitor. We have a long-standing reputation for training solicitors and were one of the first universities to be validated to run the Legal Practice Course.

The course emulates the nature of the work encountered in practice and is transactional, following clients through various legal transactions and court hearings. It builds on the substantive law that you will have already learnt and includes the study of both law, and procedure in the major areas of practice. It also teaches the 'lawyerly' skills of practical legal research, interviewing and advising, writing, drafting and advocacy to prepare you for your subsequent professional training and for practice as a solicitor.

The LPC is entirely taught in a modern building with a mock court room, audio visual recording facilities, IT resources and library. Materials and case studies are provided.
-The LPC at London Met provides you with the required knowledge and skills that you will need to qualify as a solicitor.
-We offer work placements and pro bono opportunities to enhance your employment prospects.
-It is the most competitively priced LPC provided by a London university with flexible study options to suit you.
-All teaching is undertaken by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience and students benefit from personal feedback.
-There is an option to top up the LPC on completion of the course to an LLM in Legal Practice by completion of dissertation.


Teaching is highly interactive and you will be taught in a small groups in three-hour sessions. The tutors are accessible and friendly and classes are supplemented with online tests and revision lectures and materials. The emphasis is on face to face teaching although some lectures, covering more complex subjects, are available online,. The overwhelming response from student feedback is that they prefer live contact with tutors and fellow students. You learn by “doing” on this LPC.

Students attending on either the one year full-time or the two year part-time LPC are required to attend an intensive foundation course for the first week of term in September from Monday to Friday, 10am until 5pm. Compulsory attendance is required for all students, irrespective of whether you are studying full-time or part-time. Please take this into consideration when arranging work, family and holiday commitments.

You can choose to have all your face-to-face tuition and workshops for the core practice areas concentrated into two set days a week on our one year course. This is usually Tuesday and Thursday from September until June. It enables you to reduce your travelling costs and plan your week. You attend an average of 12 hours face to face contact per week with the remaining time devoted to private study. Please note however, you may have to come into the university on additional days for assessments. Also Stage 2 elective subjects may run on different days.

Students who wish to complete the Legal Practice Course over two years can attend either in the evenings or during the day. The part time evening classes are taught from 6pm until 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday in the first year and Monday and Wednesday in the second year. The part-time day classes are taught from 10am until 5pm on Friday in the first year and on Monday in the second year.

Assessment methods are designed to reflect how solicitors work today, and include skills assessments and open book examinations.

Professional accreditation

London Metropolitan University is an SRA (Solicitor Regulation Authority) approved LPC provider.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Advocacy Skills (core, 0 credits)
-Business Law and Practice (core, 24 credits)
-Drafting Skills (core, 2.25 credits)
-Interviewing Skills (core, 5.5 credits)
-Legal Writing Skills (core, 2.25 credits)
-Litigation (core, 39.5 credits)
-Professional Conduct and Regulation (core, 1.5 credits)
-Property Law and Practice (core, 24 credits)
-Research Skills (core, 2.75 credits)
-Solicitors Accounts (core, 6 credits)
-Wills and Administration of Estates (core, 2 credits)
-Advanced Business Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Child Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Civil and Commercial Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (option, 13.5 credits)
-Commercial Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Corporate Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Employment Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Family Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Housing Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Immigration Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Intellectual Property Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
-Private Client Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)

After the course

Helping LPC students to get a training contract and legal work experience is central to what we do. Each student is designated a professional mentor to provide individual advice and guidance. We offer a number of work placements within solicitor’s firms, at court or within not-for-profit organisations to enhance your CV, provide contacts and networking opportunities. We also offer pro bono work for students who need to enhance their links with the solicitors’ profession. In March each year we run a career development week to help focus on your career prospects. We offer mock interviews, CV surgeries and networking workshops. Our excellent careers service can also help you in obtaining training contracts and valuable work experience.

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Course Overview. The Legal Practice Course (or 'LPC') is the first stage of a solicitor's professional training. It is an intensive, practical course designed to equip you with the law, procedure and legal skills you will need in order to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor. Read more

Course Overview

The Legal Practice Course (or 'LPC') is the first stage of a solicitor's professional training. It is an intensive, practical course designed to equip you with the law, procedure and legal skills you will need in order to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor.

At UWL we are now offering the LPC as part of a Masters' degree – the LLM Legal Practice Course. This incorporates both stages 1 and 2 of the LPC – the professional qualification you will need to become a solicitor. You can, however, choose only to do stages 1 and 2, without the additional LLM elements. You will then exit with the traditional Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Why choose this course?

We are validated and monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority ('SRA') and receive excellent feedback from our students, so you can feel confident in the quality and standards of our course.

You will receive the training and support you need in order to become an effective trainee solicitor. In addition you will be able to access legal work experience opportunities as well as guidance and expertise from previous LPC graduates who are now working as trainees or qualified solicitors.

The LLM Legal Practice course offers LPC students an optional Masters module on top of the modules required for the traditional professional Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Students will be given the opportunity to study Research Methodology and to research and write a 15,000 word dissertation on an area related to legal practice. This is not a requirement for training as a solicitor and students can choose whether to do this additional module or whether to exit with the standard Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Modules

Stage One

  • Criminal and Civil Litigation
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Business Law and Practice
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Legal Skills: Advocacy, Interviewing and Advising, Drafting, Practical Legal Research and Writing
  • Solicitors Accounts 
  • Taxation (taught and assessed in context)

Stage Two: The Vocational Electives

  • Commercial Leases
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Housing and Residential Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Immigration Law and Practice

The optional Master's qualification

  • Research Methodology
  • Dissertation

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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The LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. Read more

The LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor.

This course, which can be studied full-time or part-time, is a key part of the vocational stage of training to become a solicitor for graduates or Members or Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives who have completed the academic stage of legal training.

The course emphasises and develops the skills which are required for a successful career in practice, and it must be successfully completed prior to the commencement of a training contract.

Additionally, the course will provide you with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of an area of chosen legal interest through completion of a Masters’ level dissertation.

Why Wolverhampton?

The course is delivered through a mixture of large group sessions (where the whole student cohort is taught together), small group sessions (typically comprising 15-20 students), online video presentations and exercises, in-class role-playing and directed independent study.

The LPC is designed to give students a strong foundation for general legal practice. Therefore, equal weight is given to the core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation.

Vocational Electives are provided at Stage 2 of the course. The choice of electives offered provides a balance between 'High Street' private client and “Commercial” areas of practice.

The course can be studied full-time in the day or part-time day or evening basis (with occasional Saturday attendance) to meet students’ individual needs.

Students are provided with textbooks and practice-based materials for each element of the course.

LPC students have a specially designated resources room with access to practitioner texts and reference materials. You will also have access to on-line practitioner reference materials and resources, such as precedents, statutes and legal databases.

Students are supported in their search for employment with a dedicated Careers Tutor and a number of initiatives throughout the academic year. We have strong links with both local and national firms and are engaged with the local legal community. LPC students will have the opportunity to participate in Mentoring Schemes, to attend the University’s Law Careers Fair and to attend practitioner presentations and workshops.

You can apply and develop your legal knowledge and skills by volunteering as a student legal adviser in the University's acclaimed Legal Advice Centre, assisting members of the public with legal queries.

Our LPC has excellent academic staff and course teams who will make every effort to ensure that each student gets the support they need.

The addition of a Masters’ level dissertation will give students the opportunity to obtain a higher level, Masters’ degree, qualification and gain specialised knowledge and insight into an area of law relevant to their intended legal practice.

Career path

The LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. You will normally need to complete it prior to commencement of a training contract.

Who accredits this course?

The professional elements of this course (all elements save for the Masters’ level dissertation) are accredited by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA). The SRA has a statutory duty to ensure that those admitted as solicitors in England and Wales have the knowledge and skills necessary for practice. The requirements for training to become a solicitor in England and Wales are set out in the SRA Training Regulations 2014 - Qualification and Provider Regulations.

Students should familiarise themselves with the SRA Training Regulations 2014 and the Student information pack (both available on the SRA website).



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The Legal Practice course (LPC) aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. Read more

The Legal Practice course (LPC) aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor.

This course, which can be studied full-time or part-time, is a key part of the vocational stage of training to become a solicitor for graduates or Members or Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives who have completed the academic stage of legal training.

The course emphasises and develops the skills which are required for a successful career in practice, and it must be successfully completed prior to the commencement of a training contract.

Read more about Law at the University of Wolverhampton.

Why Wolverhampton?

The course is delivered through a mixture of large group sessions (where the whole student cohort is taught together), small group sessions (typically comprising 15-20 students), online video presentations and exercises, in-class role-playing and directed independent study.

The LPC is designed to give students a strong foundation for general legal practice. Therefore, equal weight is given to the core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation.

Vocational Electives are provided at Stage 2 of the course. The choice of electives offered provides a balance between 'High Street' private client and “Commercial” areas of practice.

The course can be studied full-time in the day or part-time day or evening basis (with occasional Saturday attendance) to meet students’ individual needs.

Students are provided with textbooks and practice-based materials for each element of the course.

LPC students have a specially designated resources room with access to practitioner texts and reference materials. You will also have access to on-line practitioner reference materials and resources, such as precedents, statutes and legal databases.

Students are supported in their search for employment with a dedicated Careers Tutor and a number of initiatives throughout the academic year. We have strong links with both local and national firms and are engaged with the local legal community. LPC students will have the opportunity to participate in Mentoring Schemes, to attend the University’s Law Careers Fair and to attend practitioner presentations and workshops.

You can apply and develop your legal knowledge and skills by volunteering as a student legal adviser in the University's acclaimed Legal Advice Centre, assisting members of the public with legal queries.

Our LPC has excellent academic staff and course teams who will make every effort to ensure that each student gets the support they need.

Once you have successfully completed your LPC at the University of Wolverhampton, you will be eligible to progress on to our LLM Professional Practice (top-up) degree course at a discounted course fee (£786 for the academic year 2017-18). You can commence your LLM immediately after completing your LPC.

Career path

The LPC aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor. Students who subsequently decide not to go into legal practice will have acquired skills and knowledge that have a wide application in business, commerce and banking, particularly in areas that require knowledge of the law.

Successful completion of the LPC also gives students the opportunity to progress on to the Master’s degree in Professional Practice at the University, which leads to the award of an LLM. Read more about the LLM Professional Practice.

Read more about legal employment opportunities.

What skills will you gain?

You will gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice qualification. At the end of 145 credits at level 7 (i.e. Stage 1 and Stage 2) you, the student, will be able to:

1. Research and apply knowledge of the law and legal practice accurately and effectively

2. Identify the client's objectives and different means of achieving those objectives and be aware of the financial, commercial and personal priorities and constraints to be taken into account the costs, benefits and risks involved in transactions or courses of action

3. Perform the tasks required to advance transactions or matters

4. Understand the key ethical requirements contained in the SRA Principles of Regulation and Code of Conduct, understand where these may impact and be able to apply them in context

5. Demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in the areas of:

  • a. Professional Conduct and Regulation;
  • The core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice, Litigation and the areas of wills and administration of estates and taxation; and
  • The course skills of Practical Legal Research, Writing, Drafting, Interviewing and Advising, and Advocacy
  • Students should also be able to transfer skills learnt in one context to another

6. Demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in the three areas covered by their choice of electives

7. Reflect on their learning and identify their learning needs

Who accredits this course?

Our LPC is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.



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Who is it for?. This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a solicitor – whatever area of law you are interested in. To apply, you will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree, plus a Graduate Diploma in Law. Read more

Who is it for?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a solicitor – whatever area of law you are interested in. To apply, you will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree, plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

The course attracts a rich blend of students with a variety of backgrounds and interests – from around the world and from all parts of the UK.

Providing you with a solid academic foundation, this programme is taught at Masters level, and its structure and content fully meet the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirements. The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is part of the required training for qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales, and follows completion of the required academic stage of training.

City’s LPC is taught at Masters level. The course offers you two possible routes:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice ('The LPC'): If you successfully complete the compulsory taught element of the course (150 credits) you will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma and be certified as having completed Stages 1 and 2 of the Legal Practice Course.  This is the compulsory vocational qualification required to be completed as part of your training to become a solicitor and to be eligible to be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.
  • LLM in Legal Practice ('the LLM'): Alternatively, you may choose to complete both the LPC and an additional 30 credit practice-focussed dissertation to achieve a Master’s Degree.

It is also possible to join the course for Stage 1 of the LPC only, Stage 2 of the LPC only or one or more of the electives.

Accreditation

The course is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is a compulsory element of the process of qualifying as a solicitor.

Teaching and learning

One of the strong features of the LPC at City is the level of support students receive. All of the tutors on the course are solicitors, some of whom have worked as partners in their previous firms. They are supported by occasional sessions delivered by practitioners or visiting academics who are experts in their particular fields.

The course is structured in a way that allows you to gain maximum benefit from the experience that tutors have. You will therefore get a high level of face-to-face contact time with tutors.

This is reinforced by the size of the groups. For the workshops, you will normally be in a group of 16 students. This group will then split into two for the skills sessions, which are normally taught in groups of eight students. This allows more time for students to get guidance from tutors.

These smaller sessions are underpinned by the large groups. All students will attend these sessions, which give an overview of the area being studied.

If you choose to take the LLM, the classes that you take on the LPC provide the taught element of the course. To complete your studies and be awarded the LLM in Legal Practice, you will also have to produce a dissertation of between 7,500 and 10,000 words. In order to do this, you will need to work independently, use practitioner sources and apply law at an advanced level to solve problems whilst developing an awareness of current practice issues.

In support of your work on the dissertation, we provide:

  • One-to-one supervision.
  • Web-based guidance on research, planning and writing a dissertation.
  • Access to all City Law School and City, University of London facilities, including library services, IT support and careers guidance.
  • Induction sessions on research and writing skills.

Assessment

The assessment regime for the course has to meet the SRA’s requirements. This means that the Core Practice Areas, Electives and Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors Accounts) are assessed by means of a written examination.

The Course Skills are assessed in the context of the Core Practice Areas and Wills in a manner that is appropriate to the individual skill. For example, you will have to conduct a filmed interview with an actor as your client, make a filmed court submission, draft a legal document or prepare a letter of advice for a client.

Our assessments are open book and therefore test your application of the law rather than your memory.

Modules

The course begins in September with a two-week Foundation when you will have classes every day. This will introduce you to the Course Skills and the more practical approach that we take to studying the law. The course is then divided into two stages.

In Stage One you will study the core modules. During this stage, you will normally attend four days a week. You will normally have three one-and-half-hour sessions a day amounting to 16 to 18 hours a week. Stage One runs from September to February (including assessments).

In Stage Two, you will study three elective modules. Your timetable will depend on the electives that you choose. You will have around 13.5 to 15 hours of classes a week, timetabled over four days, during this stage. Stage Two runs from March to June (including assessments)

If you choose to complete the LLM, you will be required to write a dissertation between June and September.  In addition to supervision, we will provide you with an induction covering research and writing skills in June. There will be no other timetabled teaching during this period.

Career prospects

This course is designed to prepare you for life as a trainee solicitor.

Many applicants will not have a training contract when they start the course. We offer the bespoke Training Contract Advisory Service (TCAS) which you can access as soon as you have accepted your place. This is run by members of the team who were partners in their firms and have in-depth expertise of what employers are looking for.



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The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the final academic stage of qualification before becoming a solicitor. The course bridges the gap between the academic study of law and the vocational stages of training. Read more

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the final academic stage of qualification before becoming a solicitor. The course bridges the gap between the academic study of law and the vocational stages of training. Following successful completion of the LPC you will need to undertake a two year vocational training contract to be able to practice as a solicitor.

Our LPC is taught by an outstanding team of professional staff with extensive practice experience and a friendly, open door policy giving you all the support you need. We place our students at the centre of everything we do.

What's covered in the course?

The LPC is fully accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and includes the opportunity to study an LLM Legal Practice (Top Up) course (Please note the LLM (Top Up) will be subject to additional fees). You will cover elements required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority including Property Law, Business Law and Practice and Litigation (including Civil and Criminal Litigation) and choose from a list of Electives available.

Our first-class facilities include two mock courtrooms and a comprehensive law library (with many resources accessible online), and there are extensive opportunities available with a variety of agencies throughout Birmingham.

Our LPC is taught by an outstanding team of professional staff with extensive practice experience and a friendly, open door policy giving you all the support you need. We place our students at the centre of everything we do.

Why Choose Us?

-Our outstanding facilities include two mock courtrooms and an e-learning suite that can be used to bring study to life

-Competitive course fees - option to pay by instalments over two years helping you to spread out the cost

-The School of Law has an established record of providing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and its predecessors since the 1960s.

-All members of the teaching team are qualified solicitors with many years practice experience.

-We provide opportunities for all students on the course to participate in pro-bono activities. Pro-bono will usually involve work for a charity or similar organisation in an advisory capacity which will be invaluable in terms of enhancing your career prospects.

-We have a long running mentoring scheme, supported by the Birmingham Law Society, the Birmingham Trainee Solicitor Society and leading firms in the region. As part of the scheme, you will be assigned a local lawyer who will help with any questions or concerns you may have about your future career development.

-Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation.

Course Structure

The LPC is a demanding course and is a leap forward from your undergraduate study. The emphasis is much more on the practical aspects of law and the aim of the course is to ensure you can enter practice with the skills and knowledge required to hit the ground running. You will be expected to keep up with background reading and class preparation and should expect to treat the course as if you were already handling a client’s case.

How you learn

All elements of the course are taught face to face. Classes on the full-time course run from Mondays to Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm. Classes on the part-time course run on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm over two years.

The compulsory subjects and skills taught on the LPC are prescribed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Each subject is introduced with a summary lecture providing guidance on difficult topics relating law to practice. The focus of learning is on small group teaching sessions, in the form of interactive workshops that enable you to explore key areas of law and practice in detail.

Small group sessions are also used to involve you in typical transactions encountered in practice. You can expect to carry through tasks as if you were in practice, working in teams, using electronic and other information sources.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will normally proceed to a training contract to complete their qualification as a solicitor. The vast majority of LPC graduates go on to become qualified solicitors in a range of organisations across many specialist areas. Some overseas professional bodies accept the LPC as satisfying their admission requirements to practise as a lawyer.



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This is the full LPC masters course and forms part of the vocational stage of training required if you wish to qualify as a solicitor. Read more

This is the full LPC masters course and forms part of the vocational stage of training required if you wish to qualify as a solicitor. The Solicitors Regulation Authority recognises this course as meeting its training requirements and covering the necessary legal topics.

The course will be delivered via interactive workshops based on realistic case studies that explore the challenges of professional practice. You will learn from a team of academic staff who are qualified lawyers with significant professional experience. They will provide practical support as you refine your skills, and their wide-ranging experience allied to a varied choice of option modules will enable you to tailor your qualification to particular areas of interest.

Your Independent Legal Research Project will see you complete an extended written dissertation on a subject of your choice with support from your tutors.

Alternatively, you could choose to study for a postgraduate diploma in legal practice. You can find further details on our PG Dip Legal Practice page . 

Changes to legal education and training

Legal education and training is currently under detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review will examine the routes currently open and the qualifications required to become a solicitor or barrister, and includes a reflection on changes to and removal of existing routes, as well as the possibility of establishing new ones. 

Currently, students can complete a qualifying law degree, the Graduate Diploma Law (GDL) and then the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister, this route will remain unchanged until summer 2017 at the earliest. The route of a qualifying law degree or GDL, and then the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor will remain in place until summer 2019.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) will announce their findings as soon as possible and their decisions will then affect the available routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

For more information visit the SRA and BSB websites.

Solicitors Regulation Authority website 

Bar Standards Board website

Course Benefits

You will be taught by lawyers with extensive professional expertise. Our close links with the legal profession in Leeds will enable you to widen your industry networks and enhance your employment prospects. 

Your course will be highly focused on enhancing your employability and developing your professionalism. You will be paired with a professional mentor from the local legal community, who will provide practical support and professional guidance to help you excel in your course and progress in your career.

Leeds is one of the UK's largest legal centres with a wealth of placement and job opportunities. You will be able to take advantage of the established professional networks we have built up over many years. Local law firms engage with us by teaching, leading career development sessions, acting as mentors and judging and providing prizes for a number of legal competitions.

Core modules

  • Independent Legal Research Project
  • Advocacy
  • Property Law & Practice
  • Wills & Administration of Estates
  • Taxation
  • Solicitors Accounts
  • Professional Conduct & Regulation
  • Writing
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Litigation: Civil & Criminal
  • Business Law & Practice
  • Drafting
  • Interviewing & Advising

Option modules

  • Commercial Leases
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Private Acquisitions
  • Family Law & Practice
  • Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Litigation
  • Mental Health Law
  • Employment Law & Practice
  • Commercial Law & Practice

Job prospects

You will have the opportunity to be matched with a professional mentor from the legal profession who could provide support, guidance and work-based learning and career opportunities. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to proceed to the next stage of legal training as a solicitor by way of a training contract.

  • Solicitor
  • Paralegal


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Completing this course will part fulfil the vocational stage of your training to qualify as a solicitor. Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, it meets the authority's training requirements and covers a range of legal subjects prescribed by the professional body. Read more

Completing this course will part fulfil the vocational stage of your training to qualify as a solicitor. Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, it meets the authority's training requirements and covers a range of legal subjects prescribed by the professional body.

Your learning will focus on realistic case studies and you will take part in workshops that explore the challenges of professional practice. You will be taught by a team of academic staff who are qualified lawyers with wide-ranging professional experience. Their expertise will feed into your learning and they will be able to support you through a variety of option modules as you start to explore particular areas of interest. 

This course will provide credit points at masters level, and you could further enhance your future employability by completing a dissertation to secure a masters in law. You can find further details on our LLM Legal Practice Course page . 

Changes to legal education and training

Legal education and training is currently under detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review will examine the routes currently open and the qualifications required to become a solicitor or barrister, and includes a reflection on changes to and removal of existing routes, as well as the possibility of establishing new ones. 

Currently, students can complete a qualifying law degree, the Graduate Diploma Law (GDL) and then the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister, this route will remain unchanged until summer 2017 at the earliest. The route of a qualifying law degree or GDL, and then the Legal Practice Course to qualify as a solicitor will remain in place until summer 2019.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) will announce their findings as soon as possible and their decisions will then affect the available routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

For more information visit the SRA and BSB websites.

Solicitors Regulation Authority website 

Bar Standards Board website

Core modules

  • Business Law & Practice
  • Property Law & Practice
  • Professional Conduct & Regulation
  • Writing
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Wills & Administration of Estates
  • Taxation
  • Solicitors' Accounts
  • Interviewing & Advising
  • Litigation: Civil & Criminal
  • Advocacy
  • Drafting

Option modules

  • Family Law & Practice
  • Commercial Leases
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Private Acquisitions
  • Commercial Law & Practice
  • Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Litigation
  • Mental Health Law
  • Employment Law & Practice

Job prospects

You will have the opportunity to be matched with a professional mentor from the legal profession who could provide support, guidance and work-based learning and career opportunities. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to proceed to the next stage of legal training as a solicitor by way of a training contract.

  • Solicitor
  • Paralegal


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The Legal Practice Course (LPC) offers intensive, post graduate-level study to those who wish to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. Read more
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) offers intensive, post graduate-level study to those who wish to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. To become fully qualified after completion of the LPC, you will need to undertake a two year training contract, which is a period of recognised work-based training.

The LPC will ensure that you acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to prepare you for the start of the training contract. It will equip you to deal with the demands that are likely to be made of you in practice, and lay the foundation for your future practice as a solicitor by encouraging habits of competence, confidence and professionalism.

Distinctive features:

• Our Legal Practice Course has a long tradition of excellence, having been established in 1993.

• We offer a guaranteed work placement for all students without training contracts or substantial work experience.

Structure

The course can be completed in one year with full-time study and in two years by part-time study.

The LPC is divided into two stages: Stage1 and Stage 2.

In Stage 1 you will study three core practice areas:

Business Law and Practice
Property Law and Practice
Litigation

along with:

Professional Conduct and Regulation
Solicitors’ Accounts
Wills and the Administration of Estates
Taxation

You will also study and practise the Course Skills:

Practical Legal Research
Writing
Drafting
Interviewing and Advising
Advocacy

In Stage 2 you will study three vocational electives. We keep our range of elective courses under review and offer a range of subjects to choose from.

Teaching

Teaching is conducted in large and small group lessons. Large groups take the form of lectures to all students and each large group lasts one hour. Most large group lessons are delivered live and are scheduled on the timetable, but some large groups are pre-recorded.

Small group teaching will be timetabled in groups of up to 16-18 students although you may be organised into smaller groups for the purpose of some lessons. Small group lessons are usually scheduled to take place for two hours, although some may be of two and a half or three hours duration. Attendance at small group sessions is compulsory.

A distinctive feature of the LPC is that a substantial part of the time devoted to classroom practice overall will involve you in the exercise of the Course Skills.

Assessment

The LPC assessments are designed to be fair, rigorous, realistic and provide sufficient depth and/or breadth of coverage of the skills and subjects assessed. Individual assessments will cover a representation of the outcomes in the particular subject or skills area. A practical emphasis will appear throughout.

There are formative assessments for each of the Stage one subjects and skills.These formative assessments help you to adjust to the different requirements of the assessments on a vocational, as opposed to, an academic course.

There are 14 summative assessments, assessing all of the compulsory Stage one subjects and skills and the three vocational electives. All assessments are supervised, except for the assessment in Practical Legal Research, which takes the form of written coursework.

Most of the supervised assessments are open book written examinations but there are supervised oral skills assessments in Advocacy, Interviewing and Advising and Wills and the Administration of Estates.

Career prospects

After completion of the LPC, you will be able to undertake a training contract/period of recognised training in preparation for qualification as a solicitor.

The LPC may also lead to legal work in some other capacity, e.g. paralegal, with the option of obtaining a training contract at a later date.

Placements

We offer a work placement for all students without training contracts or substantial work experience.

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The Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Nottingham Law School has a reputation that is second to none. The course has continuously received the highest possible grading from the Solicitor's Regulation Authority of commendable practice in every area of the course. Read more
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Nottingham Law School has a reputation that is second to none. The course has continuously received the highest possible grading from the Solicitor's Regulation Authority of commendable practice in every area of the course.

In the opinion of the profession and former students, Nottingham Law School is an outstanding place to study the LPC. The course has an excellent reputation amongst employers and students and provides you with the best foundation for a new and exciting career as a solicitor.

Nottingham Law School is fully aware of the challenges for law students in the current legal employment market. For that reason they are always looking for ways to ensure that the LPC is designed to provide you with the qualifications and practical knowledge and insight employers regard as essential.

Their LPC has recently been revalidated so that the successful completion of all its elements will result in the award of a Master's degree: LLM Legal Practice Course. As well as providing you with an internationally recognised qualification, you will leave Nottingham Law School with enhanced insight into the legal profession and better equipped to succeed.

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Our Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Manchester Law School gives you the essential training you need to prepare for life as a solicitor. Read more

Our Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Manchester Law School gives you the essential training you need to prepare for life as a solicitor. Our client focused LPC will give you the legal knowledge, skills and commercial understanding to thrive in today's market, placing an emphasis on simulating real-life legal scenarios.

The course is both practical and interactive, using workshops and effective teaching methods supported by online materials, to help you develop the practical and theoretical skills required for legal practice. You will learn how to think and behave like a legal professional from the outset.

Features and benefits of the course

Specialist LPC facilities

Recognising the challenging nature of solicitor training, the Law School offers a number of specialist facilities for the use of students on the LPC programme. Students benefit from specialist postgraduate study areas, LPC study suite and legal libraries. There is also a mock courtroom in the Law School.

Practitioner Mentor Scheme

Specifically for LPC students at Manchester Law School, this scheme helps you to establish a direct link with someone in practice who you can approach for advice and questions.

Competitive course fees

Our LPC fees are more affordable than several other providers. We offer an alumni discount to former LLB or Graduate Diploma in Law students.

Pro Bono

Manchester Law School offers excellent Pro Bono opportunities, allowing students to undertake voluntary legal work with many organisations. Our dedicated careers adviser will provide assistance initiating new links to the profession. You will also receive support with careers from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to increase your links at our many events including external speakers and local and national firms.

Award-winning Faculty environment

At Manchester Law School you will have access to an outstanding Faculty building, housing spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi. You will benefit from highly modern facilities on our thriving campus too, at the heart of the UK’s second city.

About the Course

The LPC is delivered in our purpose-built Law School by a highly experienced academic team from a variety of legal professional backgrounds. Your tuition will be delivered through a combination of methods, mainly workshops and electronic learning.

Simulating a law firm's identity, you will work through transactional case studies, which are designed to reflect realistic legal challenges and scenarios. This approach allows you to learn skills such as interviewing clients, writing letters of advice, preparing legal documents and making court appearances.

You will receive the opportunity to hone your legal skills through involvement in one of our voluntary legal work schemes that offer pro bono legal services to those in need. Manchester Law School also offers competitive work placements for successful candidates providing vital work experience.



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Would you like the opportunity to integrate new knowledge with your current area of practice to further enhance your skills and career prospects?. Read more
Would you like the opportunity to integrate new knowledge with your current area of practice to further enhance your skills and career prospects?

The LLM Advanced Legal Practice course will allow you to undertake an in-depth study of a specialised legal topic under the supervision of one of our dedicated teaching team. You will also develop your skills in legal research and the coherent presentation of this research in written format.

Designed for qualified lawyers, solicitors, barristers and those with an equivalent qualification, this course is delivered via distance learning across a one to two year period, allowing you to study at times convenient to you. Applicants must successfully have completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC), Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or equivalent. This course is also open to those who are currently completing their legal qualification at Northumbria University.

Are you a qualified lawyer who would like to develop your knowledge in a specialist area of law? If so, this course could be for you.

Learn From The Best

This course is delivered by our specialist team, who all boast extensive knowledge of general law and their own related specialisms.

Although a majority of this course is delivered online, you will have ongoing access to staff who will support you through every step of your degree.

The initial stage of this course is focused on tutor-directed learning and you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide guidance and feedback as you begin to work towards producing your dissertation project.

They will work with you throughout all stages of your dissertation, providing feedback on each chapter and advice on the suitability of your chosen topic, research techniques and whether your project is sufficiently analytical.

Teaching And Assessment

This course is primarily delivered online to provide flexibility and the ability for you to study at times convenient to you. Teaching will be delivered via guided reading, self-evaluative tasks and formative writing exercises that will help you to develop your analytic, research and writing skills.

In the early stages of your course you will have the opportunity to participate in a ‘surgery’ session, where you can discuss your expectations and explore issues relating to the mechanics of this course and its delivery.

You will then study a Legal Research and Study Skills Unit, before progressing to your dissertation, which is the sole assessment method for this course.

Your dissertation must concentrate on the law in England and Wales but, providing there is an appropriate tutor available to supervise, its topic can be of your choosing and can include a comparative study of international legal jurisdictions. Since the project requires in-depth research it may be closely related to your intended or current area of practice.

Learning Environment

As a distance-based learner a large proportion of your course’s content will be delivered online using the latest innovative software.

Learning materials such as module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists will be available via our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard. You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

In addition to Blackboard, you will also be provided with access to innovative learning and assessment platform, pebble+, where you can store your written material.

Video platform, Panopto, will also allow you to view recorded lectures and other content that will support your learning.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all aspects of this course and focused into three signature areas: of Law and Society, Legal Education and Professional Skills, and the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. These groups act as a focus for research activity, informing and pervading our law courses as appropriate.

Our team are all research-active and regarded as thought-leaders in their own areas of specialism.

The core focus of this LLM Advanced Legal Practice course is a research project that will allow you to develop your own research skills and apply them to your dissertation and daily practice in the workplace.

Give Your Career An Edge

Providing the opportunity for you to undertake a research topic in your current field of work or in a new area of particular interest to you, this course aims to ensure development of legal knowledge, legal application and critical analysis skills to equip you with professional and reflective skills necessary for effective practice.

This will allow you to integrate the knowledge acquired during this course in to your current practice, whilst developing your professional research and writing skills.

It will also give you further academic credit for your existing legal qualification to further enhance your career and progression opportunities, whilst allowing you to focus on one specialist area of legal practice.

Your Future

Building on your previous Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course or related qualification, the LLM Advanced Legal Practice course provides the ideal opportunity for professional development in a specialist area of law.

The skills acquired during this course are directly relevant to the needs of modern legal practice and can help to improve future job prospects and the progression to higher level roles.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in a specialist area of law, in addition to providing you with a master’s level qualification.

Throughout the duration of this course you will have access to our online Employability and Leadership Attributes portal, which can further help increase your employability by providing an insight into the indicators of leadership potential valued by employers.

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