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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    See website for details

  • Course Type

    PgDip

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    01 May 2019

Why study this course?

London Met's Legal Practice Course (LPC) postgraduate diploma is designed to prepare you for employment as a trainee solicitor by providing a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge required in this career. Approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), this course can be studied full-time or part-time in the day or the evening. 

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 97% of 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

If you have completed the academic stage of legal training, the Legal Practice Course postgraduate diploma will provide you with the professional stage of training required to qualify as a solicitor. London Metropolitan University has a long-standing reputation for training solicitors and was one of the first universities to be validated to run the LPC.

The course imitates the nature of the work you would encounter in legal practice and follows 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.

You’ll also learn the everyday skills of practical legal research, interviewing and advising, writing, drafting and advocacy. This will prepare you for your subsequent professional training and practice as a solicitor.

The course has dedicated facilities, including an LPC resource room with a dedicated LPC room containing practitioner text and IT resources and teaching rooms with audio-visual recording facilities. Materials and case studies are provided within the course fee.

The careers team will also be on hand to help you in your career development, whether you are seeking a training contract, applying for work placements or other pro bono opportunities to enhance your employment prospects.

Assessment

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

Professional accreditation

This LPC course is approved by the SRA.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 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.

Stage one modules include:

  • Advocacy Skills
  • Business Law and Practice
  • Drafting Skills
  • Interviewing
  • Litigation
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Research Skills
  • Solicitors Accounts
  • Wills and Administration of Estates

Stage two modules include:

  • Child Law and Practice
  • Civil and Commercial Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law and Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Housing Law and Practice
  • Immigration Law and Practice
  • Intellectual Property Law and Practice

After the course

London Met is focused on helping its LPC students obtain a training contract and legal work experience. You will be designated a professional mentor to provide individual advice and guidance.

Our excellent careers team are able to help you with advice regarding training contract applications and preparation of your CV, as well as by providing mock interview practice which will help you find valuable work placements and pro bono opportunities to enhance your CV and establish contacts with the solicitors' profession.

September foundation course

If you’re attending either the one year full-time or the two year part-time LPC, then you will be required to attend an intensive foundation course for the first week of term in September from Monday to Friday, 10am until 5pm. The foundation course takes place in the third week of September each year. Compulsory attendance is required for all students, irrespective of whether you’re studying full-time or part-time. Please take this into consideration when arranging work, family or holiday commitments.

Full-time attendance: two days a week for one year

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 ahead. You attend an average of 12 hours of face-to-face contact sessions per week, with the remaining time devoted to private study. Please note, you may have to come into the University on additional days for assessments. Also, Stage 2 elective subjects may run on different days.

Part-time attendance: evening or day classes over two or more years

If you wish to complete the LPC over two years, you 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 from 6pm until 9pm 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 from 10am until 5pm on Monday in the second year.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

If you are applying for place on the one year full-time course, you must do so through the Central Applications Board (CAB).

If you are applying for a place on the two year part-time course, use the apply now button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.


Visit the Legal Practice Course PGDip page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

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