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    Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law Logo
  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    PgDip, Other

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) fee information.

  • Last Updated

    05 August 2019

If you are aiming for a career in law in England or Wales, this is the course you need.

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is essential for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in both countries, and will give you the practical skills and confidence you need for a career in this exciting and challenging profession.

Taught entirely by experienced solicitors and barristers, the course is designed for law graduates and those who hold a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). It bridges the gap between academic study and practical training.

Why Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Swansea?

As a Legal Practice Course (LPC) student on a professional programme at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, you will be part of a globally recognised law school, with a thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching, and offering an exceptional student experience.

  • The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is essential for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England or Wales.
  • The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is consistently rated as excellent by both students and external organisations in support of students.
  • There are dedicated Legal Practice Course (LPC) teaching facilities and a practitioner resource room with access to extensive electronic legal practitioner resources.
  • You will have valuable networking opportunities and work experience placements.

Your Legal Practice Course (LPC) experience

You will be taught in both large group and small group sessions.

The large group sessions are similar to lectures but much more interactive. The small group sessions are practical workshops designed to replicate the work of a trainee solicitor.

As a trainee in these sessions, you will effectively act on behalf of fictional clients - developing the skills and knowledge you will need to deal with real situations that arise in professional practice.

These sessions will help build your confidence and legal skills in a friendly, professional, and rewarding environment.

Throughout the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the emphasis is on developing your business awareness as well as transferable skills.

Legal Practice Course (LPC) employment opportunities

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) completes the academic requirements to work as a solicitor, meaning you can then move into training with a law firm.

We have an established work placement programme, enabling students to secure training contracts and paralegal positions. 

Legal Practice Course (LPC) modules

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is taught in two stages, with core subjects in stage 1 and a choice of subjects in stage 2.

Modules on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) may include:

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Litigation
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Course Skills
  • Solicitors Accounts
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Family and Child Law and Practice
  • Advanced Commercial Law
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Business Leases
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Advanced Criminal Practice

How you're taught on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) course

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is taught in two distinct stages. Core subjects (Stage 1) and the elective subjects (Stage 2).

Stage 1 – Core Subjects

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation (Criminal & Civil)
  • Wills and Administration of Estates

In addition students will have stand-alone sessions in Professional Conduct & Regulation, Solicitors Accounts and Taxation.

These subjects are also taught pervasively throughout the other modules.

Stage 2 – Electives

Students can choose 3 of the following:

  • Business Leases
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Advanced Commercial Law
  • Advanced Criminal Law

It should be noted that not every elective module listed may be available every year, and is dependent on amongst other things at least 6 students electing to take the module.

Assessments

Assessments are through written examinations, written assessments and live skills assessments (advocacy and interviewing).

Written examinations are held mainly at the end of Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the course together with assessments in Skills. The written examinations are usually ‘open book’ and students are allowed to take into the examination books and materials permitted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

To help students prepare for final examinations in Stage 1, there is an opportunity to sit mock assessments under examination conditions, which provide valuable feedback and build confidence for the real examination. Mock assessments also give an early indication of performance (enabling students to be proactive when applying for a training contract).

Professional Body Accreditation

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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Visit the Legal Practice Course LPC page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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