This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a solicitor – whatever area of law you are interested in. To apply, you will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree, plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.
The course attracts a rich blend of students with a variety of backgrounds and interests – from around the world and from all parts of the UK.
Providing you with a solid academic foundation, this programme is taught at Masters level, and its structure and content fully meet the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirements. The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is part of the required training for qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales, and follows completion of the required academic stage of training.
City’s LPC is taught at Masters level. The course offers you two possible routes:
It is also possible to join the course for Stage 1 of the LPC only, Stage 2 of the LPC only or one or more of the electives.
The course is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is a compulsory element of the process of qualifying as a solicitor.
One of the strong features of the LPC at City is the level of support students receive. All of the tutors on the course are solicitors, some of whom have worked as partners in their previous firms. They are supported by occasional sessions delivered by practitioners or visiting academics who are experts in their particular fields.
The course is structured in a way that allows you to gain maximum benefit from the experience that tutors have. You will therefore get a high level of face-to-face contact time with tutors.
This is reinforced by the size of the groups. For the workshops, you will normally be in a group of 16 students. This group will then split into two for the skills sessions, which are normally taught in groups of eight students. This allows more time for students to get guidance from tutors.
These smaller sessions are underpinned by the large groups. All students will attend these sessions, which give an overview of the area being studied.
If you choose to take the LLM, the classes that you take on the LPC provide the taught element of the course. To complete your studies and be awarded the LLM in Legal Practice, you will also have to produce a dissertation of between 7,500 and 10,000 words. In order to do this, you will need to work independently, use practitioner sources and apply law at an advanced level to solve problems whilst developing an awareness of current practice issues.
In support of your work on the dissertation, we provide:
The assessment regime for the course has to meet the SRA’s requirements. This means that the Core Practice Areas, Electives and Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors Accounts) are assessed by means of a written examination.
The Course Skills are assessed in the context of the Core Practice Areas and Wills in a manner that is appropriate to the individual skill. For example, you will have to conduct a filmed interview with an actor as your client, make a filmed court submission, draft a legal document or prepare a letter of advice for a client.
Our assessments are open book and therefore test your application of the law rather than your memory.
The course begins in September with a two-week Foundation when you will have classes every day. This will introduce you to the Course Skills and the more practical approach that we take to studying the law. The course is then divided into two stages.
In Stage One you will study the core modules. During this stage, you will normally attend four days a week. You will normally have three one-and-half-hour sessions a day amounting to 16 to 18 hours a week. Stage One runs from September to February (including assessments).
In Stage Two, you will study three elective modules. Your timetable will depend on the electives that you choose. You will have around 13.5 to 15 hours of classes a week, timetabled over four days, during this stage. Stage Two runs from March to June (including assessments)
If you choose to complete the LLM, you will be required to write a dissertation between June and September. In addition to supervision, we will provide you with an induction covering research and writing skills in June. There will be no other timetabled teaching during this period.
This course is designed to prepare you for life as a trainee solicitor.
Many applicants will not have a training contract when they start the course. We offer the bespoke Training Contract Advisory Service (TCAS) which you can access as soon as you have accepted your place. This is run by members of the team who were partners in their firms and have in-depth expertise of what employers are looking for.
Visit the Legal Practice Course (PGDip) page on the City, University of London website for more details!