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