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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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Northumbria’s LPC provides vocational training across a range of subjects and practical skills, which enables you to apply your legal knowledge in a practical context. Read more
Northumbria’s LPC provides vocational training across a range of subjects and practical skills, which enables you to apply your legal knowledge in a practical context. This highly successful course offers flexible learning options to allow you to choose a specialism that is right for you.

All LPC students are guaranteed either a placement with a legal firm or a mentor, who is a recent LPC graduate either undertaking a training contract or a newly qualified solicitor. Our placements offer a range of opportunities and can accommodate individual preferences in legal practice. These can include placements in small or large firms, commercial or high street firms or in-house with companies such as Virgin Money and Sage group.

The course has a high staff/student ratio meaning you will have regular contact with highly qualified and experienced practitioners.

The course is taught in two blocks: in stage 1, the three core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation are taught and assessed, along with Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors’ Accounts and Professional Conduct. The skills of Legal Writing, Interviewing and Advising, Drafting, Research and Advocacy, are taught and assessed in the context of the core subjects.

In stage 2, you will choose three elective modules which you will decide on in consultation with your tutors, ensuring your LPC is tailored according to your interests and career plans.

Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.

Dean’s Awards – LPC

Northumbria Law School is pleased to announce that we have established a Dean’s Awards Fund to provide scholarships of up to £1,000 for selected applicants for the 2017 LPC intakes.

The Dean’s Awards will be open to students who have applied to Northumbria Law School for either the full-time or part-time LPC. Students must have selected Northumbria as either their first, second or third choice and have applied via the Central Applications Board for the full time programme, or directly to the University for the part time programme.

Given that the Legal Practice Course is designed to prepare students for training contracts in England and Wales, a simulated training contract application will be used as the selection method.

If you wish to apply for an Award, please complete the form found here: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/media/27181407/deans-award-application-form-2017-entry.doc

Applicants will be selected for the Award using the following criteria:
-Content and presentation of the application form
-Academic and professional merit
-Relevant legal and other experience
-Interests and achievements

Applications must be received by 12:00 noon on Wednesday 31st May 2017 must be emailed to Amanda Newby

Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible after this date and will have the amount of the Award deducted from their Northumbria LPC tuition fees

Module Overview

LA0700 - Criminal Litigation - General Practice Route (Core, 0 Credits)
LA0701 - CIVIL LITIGATION (Core, 0 Credits)
LA0702 - PROPERTY LAW AND PRACTICE (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0703 - BUSINESS LAW AND PRACTICE (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0704 - PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES LPC FULL TIME (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0705 - SOLICITORS ACCOUNTS - LPC FULLTIME (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0706 - Professional Conduct [LPC] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0707 - Legal Writing [LPC] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0708 - Drafting [LPC] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0709 - Advocacy [LPC] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0716 - Practical Legal Research 1 (Coursework) (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0717 - Interviewing [LPC] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0718 - Litigation [LPC General] (Core, 1 Credits)
LA0832 - ADVANCED ADVOCACY (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0834 - CHILD CARE (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0836 - EMPLOYMENT LAW (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0837 - FAMILY LAW (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0838 - HOUSING LAW (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0839 - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0841 - Planning and Environmental Law (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0842 - Law and the Elderly Client (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0843 - Student Law Office [LPC Elective] (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0844 - Mental Health (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0845 - Commercial Law (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0846 - Commercial Leases (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0850 - SALES AND ACQUISITIONS (Optional, 1 Credits)
LA0862 - Corporate Debt and Restructuring (Optional, 1 Credits)

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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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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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The Legal Practice Course (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 to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor. Read more

The Legal Practice Course (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 to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor. We are validated and monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority 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 work experience opportunities as well as guidance and expertise from previous graduates who are now working as trainees or qualified solicitors.

Course detail

To complete the LPC, you must pass stages one and two within five years. Most students do both stages together (the Postgraduate Diploma) but you can do stage one (the Postgraduate Certificate) then do stage two later (provided this is within five years). This means you spread the cost of the course over several years rather than paying the fees in one year.

If you have successfully completed stage one elsewhere, you can study stage two at the University of West London, and on successful completion of stage 2 and accreditation of your stage 1 by the University, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Modules

Stage one modules are compulsory:

• 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

Format

Our teaching is very practice-based and delivered mainly through small group sessions. These give you experience of both legal tasks and legal skills that closely simulate the work of a real legal office. You will act for specific 'clients' and see their cases through from beginning to end.

Jobs and placements

We know how important it is for your future career to get good quality legal work experience on your CV and therefore we provide opportunities for you to participate in our LPC Mentoring and Work Experience Scheme with local firms, qualified alumni and courts.

In addition you will have the opportunity to become involved with the Law School’s Community Advice Programme – a free legal advice clinic run fortnightly in conjunction with Ealing Equality Council. Other legal work experience opportunities are advertised by employers directly with our Careers and Employment Service and these are posted electronically for you on our LPC Community site.

Career and study progression

LPC stage one graduates will need to complete stage two successfully by studying three vocational elective subjects. You can study these at the University of West London. On successful completion of the LPC, you will need to secure a training contract to complete your training to be a solicitor.

We encourage you to take advantage of the continuing support provided by the Careers and Employment Service after you leave, and to make the most of the networking opportunities provided through the LPC Mentoring and Work Experience Scheme and contacts with the Middlesex Law Society.

As an LPC graduate, you can top up your LPC to a Master's in Legal Practice, undertaking part-time study in research methodologies and doing a dissertation on a topic related to legal practice.

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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This course . combines the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and further LLM elements of study. , giving you the opportunity to gain the professional qualification needed to practice as a solicitor, whilst achieving advanced Master’s level legal research skills. . Read more

This course combines the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and further LLM elements of study, giving you the opportunity to gain the professional qualification needed to practice as a solicitor, whilst achieving advanced Master’s level legal research skills. 

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) element of this course follows the same path as our traditional LPC, and is designed to prepare you for life as a solicitor. 

The LPC element of this course adheres to the academic requirements of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA). If you intend to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you need to look at the SRA website http://www.sra.org.uk/home for the requirements to enter the profession. If you intend to practise in another jurisdiction you will need to find out the requirements to do so.

The LLM element of this course includes research methods study and an assessed research proposal leading to a supervised, assessed dissertation or research project of 15,000 words. You will be supervised by an experienced member of the teaching team. This provides you with the opportunity to gain specialist legal knowledge and advanced research skills, and to achieve a Master’s qualification.

Features and Benefits

Funding available

This combined LPC and LLM course is eligible for the Postgraduate Loan Scheme from the UK government, and may be offered to residents of the UK and EU. Check your eligibility: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/postgraduate-loan-scheme/

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.

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.



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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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If you want to be a solicitor and work in the legal profession, the full-time one-year LLM in Legal Practice offered by the University of Hertfordshire is the course you need! Our course not only offers the primary route into the legal profession but also enables you to obtain a prestigious LLM. Read more

If you want to be a solicitor and work in the legal profession, the full-time one-year LLM in Legal Practice offered by the University of Hertfordshire is the course you need! Our course not only offers the primary route into the legal profession but also enables you to obtain a prestigious LLM.

You will study Stages 1 and 2 of the LPC, both of which are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Stage 1 includes modules on Professional Conduct and Regulation, Wills and Administration of Estates, Taxation, Solicitors’ Accounts, and the three Core Practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Litigation, and Property Law and Practice. Stage 2 modules include Commercial Property Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Law, Housing Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Immigration Law.

In addition, you will study two modules on marketing for lawyers, and complete an extended project over the summer. You will leave us with the knowledge and skills required to be a practising solicitor, skills that are highly valued by potential employers, to bring in new business and also to better serve your firm’s existing clients.

Why choose this course?

The University of Hertfordshire is well known for its great links with industry and the professions, its first-class teaching, high-quality facilities and dedicated staff. Naturally, this course is no different. Taught by practising specialist solicitors and barristers, it will equip you with all the up-to-date, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills you will need for your career in the legal profession.

Our innovative teaching methods utilise experiential learning to prepare you for practice, including our state-of-the-art courtroom where you will develop advocacy skills – a core component of the LLM in Legal Practice. You will also have many opportunities to undertake co-curricular activities to strengthen your skills in client interviewing and negotiation, trial advocacy and mediation.

We limit class sizes to ensure that you receive the best teaching and pastoral support. This also enables the teaching to be flexible and focused on the needs of the individual students, setting them on their chosen pathways into highly successful legal careers. 

You may be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England, so you can focus entirely on your studies to maximise your potential, and then fly into your chosen specialism!

Professional Accreditations

The course meets the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is the primary pathway into a career as a solicitor.

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Evidence-Based Marketing for Legal Services Professionals - 15 Credits
  • Marketing for Legal Services Professional Research Project - 45 Credits
  • Business Law and Practice (LPC) - 30 Credits
  • Litigation (LPC) - 30 Credits
  • Property Law and Practice (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Wills and Administration of Estates (LPC) - 0 Credits
  • Solicitors Accounts (LPC) - 0 Credits
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (LPC) - 0 Credits
  • Professional Legal Skills LPC - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Commercial Law LPC - 15 Credits
  • Commercial Property (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Personal Injury (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Private Client and Estate Planning (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Family Law (LPC) - 15 Credits
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution LPC - 15 Credits
  • Housing Law - 15 Credits
  • Immigration Law - 15 Credits

Teaching methods

This one-year intensive full-time course consists of two face-to-face teaching days per week (Wednesdays and Thursdays), and in addition you will be required to complete guided study and formative assessments on the non-teaching days.

Teaching includes group sessions, interactive workshops, and smaller group work. Assessment is carried out via a range of methods, including ongoing assessment and open book examinations. Small class sizes and dedicated support from tutors will encourage you to give your best to your studies, and your commitment and hard work is sure to be rewarded!

Careers

You will leave with a prestigious academic and practical qualification, which will open many doors into your future. The qualification is well respected and will equip you to work as a solicitor in private practice, in government legal services, or as in-house counsel in a large company.



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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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Our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice equips you with an LLM qualification and includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC) needed for professional practice as a Solicitor. Read more

Key fact

Our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice equips you with an LLM qualification and includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC) needed for professional practice as a Solicitor. Our LPC is the longest established in Bristol, with strong links with the legal community and training contract opportunities.

Introduction

Whether you are intending to practice in the City, in a commercial firm, in a small high-street practice or in a niche area of law, our LLM in Advanced Legal Practice will give you the broad and rigorous foundation you need.
The course includes the interim award of the PG Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), which is the programme of vocational training required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for students wishing to qualify as solicitors.
There are different options to complete your LLM in Advanced Legal Practice, which allow you to focus on your continuing professional development as a reflective practitioner, with responsibility for your own development and learning. This reflects the SRA's new Continuing Professional Development regime.

Highly rated

The LPC at UWE Bristol is highly rated by the Law Society and received a rating of 'commendable practice' in every area of the course under the SRA's grading scheme.
"Whilst my Law degree gave me theoretical legal knowledge, the LPC at UWE Bristol has been invaluable in putting that knowledge into practice." Katie Amos LPC graduate

Practical tuition

Tuition is provided by a small, dedicated team of solicitors, who ensure the course is relevant, up to date and, above all, prepares you fully for practice. You will gain critical awareness of how legal practice works, and develop the foundations of the legal skills you will need to excel in your role as a solicitor.

Extensive careers support

You will have access to employment-enhancing activities (such as our placement scheme and accredited mediation training) and focused careers support, including help with applying for training contracts and links to potential employment through our extensive network of local firms.

Learning and Teaching

We are solicitors ourselves, teaching in our own practice areas. We know how much practitioners value the development of skills required to be an effective trainee lawyer and this lies at the heart of our teaching. Our enthusiastic and experienced team come with a wide range of experiences, and our pastoral and academic support is provided by our tutors themselves.

Most LPC teaching takes place in practice-based workshops (where you will be in a group of approximately 12-16 students), allowing you to gain an understanding of many common legal transactions and procedures.

You will have lots of opportunities, through role play, to practice legal skills, such as interviewing, advocacy and negotiation. Additionally, we run virtual case studies and filmed skills sessions to help you develop your client-facing skills.

Study facilities

You will study in our modern, dedicated LPC teaching and common rooms, an ideal learning environment not just for your scheduled workshops but for private study as well. You will also have access to:
- Three mock courtrooms where you can develop your advocacy skills
- Dedicated study rooms, for independent or group work
- An online interactive learning environment for practising case working skills, using technology that feels exactly like that of a modern professional law office.

A £50m project is also underway to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building. Find out more: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/visionandmission/uwenewcampus/businessandlawbuilding.aspx

Open Events

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

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Our collaboration with The University of Law (ULaw) makes Reading the ideal place to pursue your ambition to become a lawyer. Read more

Our collaboration with The University of Law (ULaw) makes Reading the ideal place to pursue your ambition to become a lawyer.

As a graduate aiming to become a solicitor, the Legal Practice Course (LPC) represents the next stage of your training once you have gained a qualifying law degree or converted your non-law degree through the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

The LPC bridges the gap between academic study and training in a law firm, and we’re confident that ULaw's LPC is the best preparation for entering legal practice by offering you the skills to succeed in the business world. After all, ULaw is the preferred legal training provider to more than 30 major law firms.

Discover more about the LPC and The University of Law.

What career can you have?

The LPC will prepare you for a career in the legal profession and in business. Study the LPC with The University of Law and you will have the option to gain an MSc in Law, Business and Management, or LLM in Professional Legal Practice, at no extra cost.

This client-focused course places a clear emphasis on your future employability, enabling you to develop commercial awareness, critical thinking, project management and networking skills.



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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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UCLan’s new combined LLM and LPC course gives students the opportunity to gain the professional qualification needed to become a solicitor, at the same time as achieving a Masters qualification. Read more

UCLan’s new combined LLM and LPC course gives students the opportunity to gain the professional qualification needed to become a solicitor, at the same time as achieving a Masters qualification. You will:

-Obtain an internationally recognised qualification

-Gain a fully-accredited LPC and a Masters upon successful completion of your course

-Show employers a higher level of professional and academic competence

-Study in a highly practical learning environment designed to prepare you for real-life legal situations

-Receive excellent individual support to maximise your personal potential and career aspirations

LPC

Students not wishing to pursue the full LLM, may pursue the traditional LPC qualification and obtain a postgraduate diploma.

INDUSTRY LINKS

The course is approved by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.

Lancashire Law School has excellent links with the law profession, police and probation services and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges.

There is an annual careers fair which attracts solicitors practices, the CPS and other public sector employers, such as local authorities. There is a vibrant guest speaker programme which is supported by legal and other professionals.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. The course is delivered through a series of interactive large and small group sessions, where the focus is on student centred learning. Attendance is compulsory at all sessions.

The majority of small group teaching sessions will take place in the impressive Harris Building, the home of Lancashire Law School. For large group teaching, we make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have state of the art audio visual support and presentation facilities. The Harris Building is also the location for the Law School's dedicated moot court room which contains a mock-up of a real court room with latest audio-visual technology and is available for your use, particularly in the development of oral skills.

There are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and play back facilities within the Law School. There is a resource room exclusively for the use of LPC students, equipped with IT facilities and a range of practitioner and academic texts.

The Library contains a dedicated Law Library and our extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic and practitioner sources on campus and remotely.

There is a strong emphasis on professional development and careers support. There is a vibrant guest speaker programme supported by alumni and people from all walks of legal and other professional practice and an annual careers fair. Students have the opportunity to participate in the School’s Pro Bono Law Clinic and Mediation Clinic offering them a ‘real life’ insight in to legal practice. The School has a busy activity programme including an active Student Law Society and diverse social events.

Core practice areas and elective subjects are assessed by unseen open book application-based examinations. The Legal Skills elements are assessed as appropriate, eg, a role-play interview, district judge appointment.

GRADUATE CAREERS

Our students are valued highly by employers due to their aptitude and skills profile. They have an impressive track record of gaining graduate level jobs or professional training contracts.

Some of our eminent alumni include judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK, Europe and around the world, CEOs, business leaders and industrialists, entrepreneurs and business owners, senior public servants such as civil servants, politicians, senior police and local government officers, senior academics and researchers at all levels, authors of many academic works, leading voluntary sector workers, board representatives and trustees.

OPPORTUNITIES

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Law School Pro Bono Law Clinic and so to provide advice to ‘real’ clients. There is an established programme of visiting speakers with guests covering a huge range of relevant employment opportunities. The Law School hosts a ‘Law Fair’ inviting a range of legal employers and giving students an opportunity to discuss work experience, the application processes and training contracts.

You will be offered a wealth of opportunities for personal skills development, for example, taking part in mooting and mediation competitions.

Lancashire Law School won 'Highly Commended Legal Education Provider of The Year 2017' by the Solicitors Journal Awards 



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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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The Derby Legal Practice Course (LPC) prepares you to take that next step towards a successful legal career. It is delivered in partnership with the University of West of England, widely regarded as one of the leading providers of professional legal education in the UK. Read more
The Derby Legal Practice Course (LPC) prepares you to take that next step towards a successful legal career. It is delivered in partnership with the University of West of England, widely regarded as one of the leading providers of professional legal education in the UK.

Situated right at the heart of the country, Derby is the UK's most central city and very easy to travel to.
-Highly competitive fees - which make our course one of the most affordable of its kind in the country and if you’re a Derby graduate you will qualify for a 10% discount
-Flexibility – only 2 days attendance per week full-time or 1 day per week part-time and flexibility over when you sit your assessments, enabling you to meet other commitments
-Excellent pastoral care, careers advice and opportunities - increase your chances of gaining a training contract via our professional mentoring scheme and our influential network of contacts within the legal profession
-High quality of teaching - learn from a high calibre, enthusiastic teaching team made up of experienced local solicitors
-You can top your LPC qualification up to a full LLM by studying our LLM Legal Practice (Top-Up)
-Professional facilities including courtrooms and interview suites, enabling you to improve your vocational skills and make the transition from graduate to lawyer.

Influential partnerships

We have longstanding relationships with legal professionals and the local judiciary, which open the doors for you to gain valuable insights. In recent years, our students have been offered exciting opportunities to be considered for judicial shadowing and work shadowing in the local legal community. Our professional mentoring scheme offers students access to a wealth of invaluable support and advice from local practitioners.

Dedicated to your success

Our experienced teaching team provides the full range of academic and pastoral support to help you maximise your potential. Our tutors are all solicitors, teaching mainly in their practice areas.

First-rate facilities

We offer some of the country’s most advanced and comprehensive facilities for the study of law. Described as “exceptional” by Skills for Justice, they replicate environments you will encounter in real-life legal situations.

The latest addition is a full reconstruction of a crown court featuring contemporary technology. We were also the first law school in the country to have a family courtroom, which is ideal for specialist training. Our interview suites include one-way mirrors so that assessors can observe you during tasks. As a Legal Practice Course (LPC) student, you’ll also benefit from a dedicated workroom equipped with computers, printers and legal resources.

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