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Legal Practice Course (LPC) PG Dip

Course Description

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) aims to prepare you for employment as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. This course can be studied full-time or part-time (day or evening).


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

Professional accreditation

London Metropolitan University is an SRA (Solicitor Regulation Authority) approved LPC provider.

Modular structure

During Stage 1 of the Legal Practice Course you will study the core practice areas of:

Civil Litigation
Criminal Litigation
Property Law and Practice
Business Law and Practice
You will also study Professional Conduct and Regulation, Taxation and Wills and Administration of Estates. In addition we will teach you to develop the following skills essential to practice as a solicitor:

Practical Legal Research
Interviewing and Advising
Legal Drafting
Legal Writing
During Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course you choose three from the following list of vocational electives:

Commercial Law and Practice
Corporate Law and Practice
ADR and Mediation Law and Practice
Employment Law and Practice
Intellectual Property Law and Practice
Child Law and Practice
Immigration Law and Practice
Family Law and Practice
Housing Law and Practice
If you wish to discuss the course content or course structure please email the course leader, Elizabeth Pugh (). For general questions relating to the Application process please contact the Admissions Office on 020 7133 4202/4203.

After the course

Helping LPC students to get a training contract and legal work experience is central to what we do. Each student is designated a professional mentor to provide individual advice and guidance. We offer a number of work placements within solicitor’s firms, at court or within not-for-profit organisations to enhance your CV, provide contacts and networking opportunities. We also offer pro bono work for students who need to enhance their links with the solicitors’ profession. In March each year we run a career development week to help focus on your career prospects. We offer mock interviews, CV surgeries and networking workshops. Our excellent careers service can also help you in obtaining training contracts and valuable work experience.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the Legal Practice Course (LPC) PG Dip page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Loan Nguyen

3065.jpg Loan, why did you apply to study at London Met?

I decided to study at London Met as it provided the course that matched the academic and professional area I had been pursuing. Moreover, the University offers a wide range of scholarships and funding programs for international students. I myself was awarded
the London Met/International Students House scholarship, which covered full tuition fees and accommodation for the whole course here in London.

Where did you live in London when you were studying?

I was fortunate to live in International Students House (ISH) based near Regent’s Park, a very central location in London. I had the chance to meet many new friends there from different universities and learned a lot from their diverse cultures.

Did you apply for the course while you were in Vietnam? Was the application process easy?

Yes I did. I found the application process fairly easy and simple. All the procedures were implemented online, which saved me a lot of time.

What has been your best experience in London?

I personally love all the parks here – one of the very best assets of London. They are simply gorgeous all year round. I would say running in Regent’s Park in yellow fall or rosy summer has been my best ever experience in London!

Did you find part-time work while you were studying?

Yes I did. With the excellent support from the Careers Service and Employment Agency at London Met, I managed to get some part-time work with the University during my time here such as research assistant and events assistant.

What advice would you give to those wanting to study abroad in London?

Well, I would tell them London has a lot more to offer than just a place to study. I believe what they would achieve would not only be academic expertise, but also new friends, new experiences. As London has been voted the most desirable place to work, I’m sure prospective students would be inspired to plan their studies and career in London.


Entry Requirements

a qualifying law degree, with at least second class honours; or (if a non-law graduate) the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/Common Professional Examination (CPE) with an average of at least 50%. evidence of Completion of the Academic Stage of Training in the form of: a letter or email from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA); or a letter from the awarding University to state that your Undergraduate Degree is a Qualifying Law Degree or that you have completed and passed all seven core GDL/CPE subjects within the maximum number of attempts allowed (not more than three).

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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