The Swansea Legal Practice Course is a professional practical course that develops important practice skills and confidence for a successful career in law in England and Wales. Consistently rated as excellent by both students and external organisations in support of students, the Swansea Legal Practice Course represents the best of innovation in professional legal education. The Swansea LPC is known for the excellence of its pastoral care and support of students and personal tutors provide best practice guidance for personal development and training. Students at Swansea participate in Street Law and have the advantage of valuable networking opportunities and work experience placements supported by the course team.
Students at Swansea are encouraged to adopt a professional attitude, become business focused and treat the course as a ‘dry run’ of the first year of their training contract with the professional tutors adopting the roles of supervising partners within the firm of Caswell Clyne set up by the course team. Preparation for practice takes place within a supportive but professional environment with a key emphasis on the development of business awareness and transferable skills.
The Legal Practice Course is taught in two distinct stages. Core subjects (Stage 1) and the elective subjects (Stage 2).
Stage 1 – Core Subjects
>Business Law and Practice
>Property Law and Practice
>Litigation (Criminal & Civil)
>Wills and Administration of Estates
In addition to these subjects students will also have stand alone sessions in Professional Conduct & Regulation, Solicitors Accounts and Taxation.
These subjects are also taught pervasively throughout the other modules.
Stage 2 – Electives
Students can choose 3 of the following:
>Family Law & Practice
>Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
>Advanced Commercial Law
>Interviewing & Advising
>Practical Legal Research
These sessions have been designed to build confidence and practice essential skills in a friendly, professional and, ultimately, rewarding environment.
Careers & Employability
The Swansea Legal Practice Course has an established work placement programme and the majority of local firms participate in this with a high number of students securing paralegal positions and training contracts as a result of this scheme.
Access to legal knowledge does not just mean people obtaining legal representation when they are involved in a dispute or complex legal process. In order for people to understand their rights and responsibilities they must know and understand their legal rights. To address this aspect of pro bono work, Swansea Legal Practice Course students have set up a Streetlaw programme.
Under this scheme, Legal Practice Course students, supported by their tutors, work with schools and community groups to identify legal concerns. The students then research the relevant material and ultimately present their findings to the partner groups in a user-friendly form. Through discussion, role-play and other interactive methods, students and the community group members both learn about the law in context.
"Undertaking the Legal Practice Course at Swansea University allowed me excellent access to tutors and a studying environment conducive to success. There were many work experience opportunities in a wide variety of areas of law, ranging from high street firms to the Welsh Assembly Legal Services Department".
KATE HOWELL, FROM WALSALL, WAS AN ARCHAEOLOGIST FOR TEN YEARS BEFORE OPTING TO RE-TRAIN IN LAW. SHE EXCELLED IN HER GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LAW AT SWANSEA UNIVERSITY AND HAS NOW BEEN OFFERED A TRAINING CONTRACT WITH A LARGE REGIONAL LAW FIRM.
"After working as an archaeologist for 10 years, I decided that I wanted a career change and decided on law. The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) offered a relatively quick way of retraining for a legal career, without the need to do another three-year degree.
The GDL is a ‘law conversion course’ which covers seven key areas of law - constitutional, contract, criminal, EU, land, tort, and trusts. Although there was a huge amount of new information to take in, we got on very well as a group and the support and camaraderie was invaluable.
I opted for Swansea University because of its excellent reputation, first-rate facilities and attractive location, and I have really enjoyed the experience. Although it’s been hard work, I’ve relished the challenge of learning a new subject, practicing new skills and making new friends. Although there has been a short-term cost, I am confident of the long term benefits, both financially and in terms of job satisfaction.
During my GDL I undertook a vacation placement with the firm Morgan Cole, after which I was invited to an assessment day and interview. They covered the cost of my LPC and offered me a training contract. Postgraduate study has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to retrain and take my career in a different direction - I’ll be sorry to leave University, but am really excited about starting my new job and commencing my legal career!"
Law: Legal Practice Course Scholarships
Swansea University's College of Law is currently offering a range of scholarships for full-time applicants meeting certain eligibility criteria. The scholarships offer a tuition fee discount on the standard 2015/16 rate of £10,300. The Swansea University Legal Practice Course is a professional practical course that develops important practice skills and confidence for a successful career in law in England and Wales. Consistently rated as excellent, by both students and external organisations in support of students, the Swansea Legal Practice Course represents the best of innovation in professional legal education. The Swansea LPC is known for the excellence of its pastoral care and support of students, with personal tutors providing best practice guidance for personal development and training.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Applicants to the LPC should have an honours degree in Law (must be a qualifying law degree as specified by the SRA) with a classification of 2:2 or higher, or a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).This is open to students from the UK/EU.
We welcome students to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) holding the following qualifications: 2:2 degree or above in Law, or a Graduate Diploma in Law. Degrees must be a qualifying law degree as specified by the SRA. We would also consider a third class degree subject to satisfactory interview. If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification such as the IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.
Recipient: Swansea University
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