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Legal Practice Postgraduate Diploma (LPC)


Course Description

This is the compulsory vocational course for anyone intending to become a solicitor, and is regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. We have offered the LPC since its introduction in 1993

Full-time
The full-time course begins with an intensive foundation period which will introduce you to the underlying areas of law and practice such as Professional Conduct and Client Care, Taxation, Financial Services, and Solicitors’ Accounts. It also covers the course skills of Writing, Drafting, Advocacy, Interviewing and Advising, and Practical Legal Research. You will go on to study the three Stage 1 LPC core practice areas – Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice, and Civil and Criminal Litigation – together
with Wills and Administration of Estates. You can then choose whether to stay with us to complete Stage 2 of the course. This will involve completing three electives (subject to availability) from the elective subjects list below.

Part-time
The part-time (evening) course mirrors the full-time course in content and provides a convenient and affordable route to becoming a solicitor. Students study Property and Litigation in Year One (as part of Stage 1 of the course), together with one Stage 2 elective. Students complete both Stages 1 and 2 of the course in Year Two by studying Business and Wills together with two further electives.

Elective subjects:
Clinical
Commercial Law
Commercial Litigation
Commercial Property
Corporate Finance
E-Commerce
Employment
Entertainment and Media
Family Law
Housing Law
Immigration Law
Personal Injury and
Clinical Negligence
Private Acquisitions

Facilities
First Class learning resources: fast IT access to legal and academic materials, comprehensively stocked law library, wi-fi access, research support and well-trained library staff and online access to materials. Other facilities include: dedicated LPC suite, student union services, network and computing facilities, two courtrooms, AV-suite, student health service, housing services, sports and fitness, disability services, physical accessibility, counselling and advice.

Teaching
A professionally qualified teaching team who use high quality, professionally produced teaching materials deliver the LPC. Their aim is to guide students through the processes required to become a solicitor. The skills gained through the LPC will enable students to embark on relevant training contracts with high profile employers.

A distinctive feature of the course

is the broad range of electives offered, reflecting areas of practice from high street to city firms. With places limited to 64 students on the part-time course and 120 on the full-time, the hallmark of the approach is small, interactive group work that allows individual guidance to students. Teaching sessions are set with a balanced timetable and are designed to replicate the tasks undertaken in practice.

Teaching staff
All our lecturing and tutorial staff are qualified barristers or solicitors.

Assessment
Assessment is designed to be realistic and constructive by genuinely testing and enabling students to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills through written examinations, assessed coursework and practical exercises.

Research
The School also has a vibrant research base and specialisation in a number of distinct areas.

Associated careers
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the compulsory vocational course for intending solicitors.

Visit the Legal Practice Postgraduate Diploma (LPC) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must currently be enrolled as a student member of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) and hold a current Certificate of Completion of the academic stage of training. The latter is usually available where you have graduated with a qualifying law degree, passed a Common Professional Examination or a Diploma in Law. The SRA may accept other qualifications. The University requires a minimum of a Lower Second Class Honours in a qualifying law degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

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