The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the first stage of a solicitor's professional training. It is an intensive, practical course designed to equip you with the law, procedure and legal skills you will need to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor. We are validated and monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and receive excellent feedback from our students, so you can feel confident in the quality and standards of our course.
You will receive the training and support you need in order to become an effective trainee solicitor. In addition you will be able to access work experience opportunities as well as guidance and expertise from previous graduates who are now working as trainees or qualified solicitors.
To complete the LPC, you must pass stages one and two within five years. Most students do both stages together (the Postgraduate Diploma) but you can do stage one (the Postgraduate Certificate) then do stage two later (provided this is within five years). This means you spread the cost of the course over several years rather than paying the fees in one year.
If you have successfully completed stage one elsewhere, you can study stage two at the University of West London, and on successful completion of stage 2 and accreditation of your stage 1 by the University, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.
Stage one modules are compulsory: • Criminal and Civil Litigation • Property Law and Practice • Business Law and Practice • Professional Conduct and Regulation • Wills and Administration of Estates • Legal Skills: Advocacy, Interviewing and Advising, Drafting, Practical Legal Research and Writing • Solicitors Accounts • Taxation
For stage two, you will study three options (vocational electives), usually from the following: • Advanced Litigation/Personal Injury • Commercial Leases • Employment Law and Practice • Family Law and Practice • Housing and Residential Landlord and Tenant Law • Immigration Law and Practice
Our teaching is very practice-based and delivered mainly through small group sessions. These give you experience of both legal tasks and legal skills that closely simulate the work of a real legal office. You will act for specific 'clients' and see their cases through from beginning to end.
Jobs and placements
We know how important it is for your future career to get good quality legal work experience on your CV and therefore we provide opportunities for you to participate in our LPC Mentoring and Work Experience Scheme with local firms, qualified alumni and courts.
In addition you will have the opportunity to become involved with the Law School's Community Advice Programme – a free legal advice clinic run fortnightly in conjunction with Ealing Equality Council. Other legal work experience opportunities are advertised by employers directly with our Careers and Employment Service and these are posted electronically for you on our LPC Community site.
Career and study progression
As an LPC graduate, you will be able to apply for a period of recognised training to complete your training and qualify as a solicitor. Many firms offer paid paralegal positions, which sometimes lead to a period of recognised training and we encourage you to explore such opportunities as part of planning for qualification.
Our graduates are now employed in a wide range of legal work, including in private practice at partnership level, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Government Legal Service, charities and in-house. Several provide work experience opportunities to our students.
As an LPC graduate, you can top up your LPC to a Master's in Legal Practice, undertaking part-time study in research methodologies and doing a dissertation on a topic related to legal practice.