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
For stage two, you will study three options (vocational electives), usually from the following:
Advanced Litigation/Personal Injury
Employment Law and Practice
Family Law and Practice
Housing and Residential Landlord and Tenant Law
Immigration Law and Practice
Stage one of the course starts in early September with a full week's foundation course. We use workshops to introduce you to the skills of interviewing and advising clients, advocacy, legal writing, drafting, and to professional conduct and regulation and taxation.
After this week, you will start your stage one studies. If you are studying full-time, this will last until the end of February.
Full-time students attend for approximately two and a half days a week, usually over a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Daytime classes normally take place between 10am and 5pm.
Attendance in stage two is half a day per elective studied. Electives run subject to availability and demand.