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Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Course Description

The LPC is a skills-based course to prepare a student for a Training Contract and for professional practice as a Solicitor. Assessment by examination, coursework and live skills assessment. Can be studied full-time over 10 months or part-time over 2 years.

The Legal Practice Course (full and part time) includes two stages - stage 1 and stage 2:

Stage 1:
* The Foundation Course
* 3 core practice areas (Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice, Litigation)
* 5 course skills (Practical Legal Research, Writing, Drafting, Interviewing and Advising, Advocacy)
* Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors' Accounts)
* Wills and Administration of Estates, and Taxation

Stage 2:
* 3 vocational elective areas (3 subject areas of your choice).

Each core practice area and vocational elective is assessed, as is Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors' Accounts). Each skill is also assessed. Assessments take different forms, including examinations and oral skills exercises. Each course begins with a Foundation Course designed to set the stage for the rest of Stage 1.

In the Foundation Course students are introduced to the course skills, to the core practice areas and to the other elements of the LPC, such as Professional Conduct and Regulation. In addition to the standard elements of the LPC, at Cardiff we also offer a short, optional course on Advocacy in Welsh (Eiriolaeth yn y Gymraeg).

Visit the Legal Practice Course (LPC) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Anna Rouse

"Having taken a break from work as a medical defence solicitor to look after my family, I was delighted to find a flexible course which could bring my medico legal knowledge comprehensively up to date. The internationally respected LLM in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice was perfect. A stimulating mix of students from medicine, healthcare management, nursing and law, combined with excellent teaching and support ensured a fantastic learning environment and created opportunities for me that I never anticipated."

(Student Profile)

Jerin Choudhary

“My decision to study at Cardiff Law School was fuelled by its’ excellent reputation. The Law School offers various opportunities to enhance the student experience, such as the Pro Bono Scheme and the Innocent Project, both of which provide valuable practical experience. T he management of this course has been extremely impressive; the administration staff and tutors provide a tremendous support system and are always encouraging and helpful. The content, course structure and teaching methods have all surpassed my expectations and I would recommend it to prospective students.”

(Student Profile)

Praneeta Sharma (LLM Commercial Law)

"Like most international students I was a little apprehensive about travelling abroad to study, but that feeling was dismissed as soon as I arrived in Cardiff. The University staff were friendly and supportive and made me feel very welcome. I was also provided with excellent accommodation on arrival."

(Student Profile)

Robert Wilks (Diploma in Legal Practice)

“I chose Cardiff because the Centre for Professional Legal Studies was only one of three institutions around the UK that had been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by the Law Society for my course, and there was a high ratio of staff to students. My year at Cardiff was a very positive experience and an excellent start to my legal career. It was the first time in any university that I have felt accepted as a deaf person, and this was due to the willingness of staff to accommodate my needs.”

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Vincent de Bonnafos

“My year in Cardiff Law School student was the richest experience I have had during my studies so far. The quality of the staff, the quantity of resources and the structure of the course programme provided me with the best environment to develop legal and research skills. I also met exceptional people from all over the world, both students and members of the staff. This diversity has given rise to intense exchanges during study sessions, to the discovery of other cultures and to lifetime friendships. To obtain top-class legal and research skills and to build an international social network, I would strongly recommend Cardiff Law School.”


Entry Requirements

Suitable for Graduates with a good Honours degree in law and any other subjects with CPE/GDL. Applicants must also show a commitment to the profession, (e.g. via a placement).

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