If you want to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the vocational stage of training that bridges the gap between academic studies and life in a law firm.
For 2016/17, we are offering the LPC as part of a Masters' degree – an LLM in Legal Practice which incorporates both Stages 1 and 2 of the LPC.
Students enrolling onto this course have the option either to:
- Complete the LPC on its own at a cost of £12,000 (see below) without the addition of the LLM. (Students who exit with the LPC by itself are awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.)
- Complete the LPC and enrol subsequently onto additional research and dissertation modules with a view to the award of an LLM in Legal Practice. (Progression to the research and dissertation modules is only in accordance with the Course Regulations and is subject to payment of the 'top-up' fee for 2016/17 of £2000.)
Westminster Law School has a well established reputation for the delivery of solicitors' vocational training and our LLM in Legal Practice (incorporating the LPC) equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful 21st-century lawyer. Our approach is friendly and supportive, with small, interactive group work, allowing you to benefit from individual guidance and help. Using experienced teachers, and high-quality teaching materials, sessions are set within a balanced timetable and replicate the tasks undertaken in practice.
Distinctive features of the course include:
- The broad range of Stage 2 electives offered, reflecting areas of practice from high-street to city firms.
- The opportunity to undertake real client legal work under the supervision of tutors working in the Student Law Centre. Currently students can choose to specialise in one of three streams of work: judicial review, family or property. The focus is on experiential learning through reflection, analysis and planning.
- The opportunity to be paired with a mentor currently in practice in an area of work you are interested in – our mentors are predominantly ex. LPC Westminster students.
The course is taught at Westminster Law School's newly refurbished state-of-the-art premises in the heart of London's West End and within the vicinity of many law firms.
LPC Stage 1
- Core Practice Areas of Business Law and Practice, Criminal and Civil Litigation and Property Law and Practice
- Professional Conduct and Regulation, Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors Accounts and Taxation
- Skills – Practical Legal Research, Interviewing and Advising, Writing, Drafting and Advocacy
LPC Stage 2: electives subjects
- PRIVATE CLIENT ELECTIVES
International Family Law
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
Clinical Elective (via the Student Law Centre)
- COMMERCIAL ELECTIVES
Entertainment and Media
Internet and Social Media
Westminster's LPC assessments meet SRA expectations. They are designed to be realistic and constructive by genuinely testing you and enabling you to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills through a mixture of written examinations and practical exercises. Assessment takes place throughout Stage 1 of the LPC and at the end of Stage 2 electives. Generally the assessments are 'open book' and you are allowed to use both textbooks and your own written notes. You are timetabled to allow sufficient revision and preparation time for examinations and assessments.
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.
Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster
work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.
We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.