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.
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.
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.
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:
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
Our LPC is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Visit the Legal Practice Course - LPC page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!