Taught course

Legal Practice Course

Institution
London Metropolitan University · Faculty of Business and Law
Qualifications
PGDip

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess: a qualifying law degree, with at least second class honours; or (if a non-law graduate) the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/Common Professional Examination (CPE) with an average of at least 50% . Prior to joining the LPC applicants will also need to provide evidence of Completion of the Academic Stage of Training in the form of: a letter or email from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA); or a letter from the awarding University to state that your Undergraduate Degree is a Qualifying Law Degree (to be issued on completion of your award) or that you have completed and passed all seven core GDL/CPE subjects within the maximum number of attempts allowed (not more than three). Other factors will be taken into account, in particular the need to study part time, in London, evidence of ability to pursue successfully the skills components of the course and your motivation to become a solicitor, evidence for example by relevant unpaid or paid work experience. If you wish to discuss these criteria you can email the course director, Sarah Campling, ats.campling@londonmet.ac.uk.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Course overview

This course provides graduates who have completed the academic stage of legal training with the professional stage of training required to qualify as a solicitor. We have a long-standing reputation for training solicitors and were one of the first universities to be validated to run the Legal Practice Course.

The course emulates the nature of the work encountered in practice and is transactional, following clients through various legal transactions and court hearings. It builds on the substantive law that you will have already learnt and includes the study of both law, and procedure in the major areas of practice. It also teaches the 'lawyerly' skills of practical legal research, interviewing and advising, writing, drafting and advocacy to prepare you for your subsequent professional training and for practice as a solicitor.

The LPC is entirely taught in a modern building with a mock court room, audio visual recording facilities, IT resources and library. Materials and case studies are provided.

  • The LPC at London Met provides you with the required knowledge and skills that you will need to qualify as a solicitor.
  • We offer work placements and pro bono opportunities to enhance your employment prospects.
  • It is the most competitively priced LPC provided by a London university with flexible study options to suit you.
  • All teaching is undertaken by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience and students benefit from personal feedback.
  • There is an option to top up the LPC on completion of the course to an LLM in Legal Practice by completion of dissertation.

Teaching Methods
Teaching is highly interactive and you will be taught in a small groups in three-hour sessions. The tutors are accessible and friendly and classes are supplemented with online tests and revision lectures and materials. The emphasis is on face to face teaching although some lectures, covering more complex subjects, are available online,. The overwhelming response from student feedback is that they prefer live contact with tutors and fellow students. You learn by “doing” on this LPC.

September Foundation Course
Students attending on either the one-year or the two-year part time course attend a foundation course for one week in September on Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm.

Course structure

During Stage 1 of the Legal Practice Course you will study the core practice areas of:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Business Law and Practice

You will also study Professional Conduct and Regulation, Taxation and Wills and Administration of Estates. In addition we will teach you to develop the following skills essential to practice as a solicitor:

  • Practical Legal Research
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Advocacy
  • Legal Drafting
  • Legal Writing

During Stage 2 of the Legal Practice Course you choose three from the following list of vocational electives:

  • Commercial Law and Practice
  • Corporate Law and Practice
  • Advanced Business Law and Practice
  • ADR and Mediation Law and Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Intellectual Property Law and Practice
  • Child Law and Practice
  • Immigration Law and Practice
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Housing Law and Practice

Two day timetabling on our one year course [full-time]
You can choose to have all your face-to-face tuition and workshops for the core practice areas concentrated into two set days a week on our one year course. This is usually Tuesday and Thursday from September until June. It enables you to reduce your travelling costs and plan your week. You attend an average of 12 hours face to face contact per week with the remaining time devoted to private study. Please note however, you may have to come into the university on additional days for assessments. Also Stage 2 elective subjects may run on different days.

Complete the LPC over two or more years [part time day or evening]
Students who wish to complete the Legal Practice Course over two years can attend either in the evenings or during the day. The part time evening classes are taught from 6pm until 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday in the first year and Monday and Wednesday in the second year. The part-time day classes are taught from 10am until 5pm on Friday in the first year and on Monday in the second year.

Assessment

Assessment methods are designed to reflect how solicitors work today, and include skills assessments and open book examinations.

Professional accreditation/exemption

The LPC is validated by the SRA.

Start dates

Enrolment: Thursday 3 September 2015
Course starts: Monday 7 September 2015

Also LPC students are required to pay an SRA LPC Student Registration Fee of £15.

Course fees include tuition, text books, course materials, learning resources and all examinations and assessments.

Career opportunities

Helping LPC students to get a training contract and legal work experience is central to what we do. Each student is designated a professional mentor to provide individual advice and guidance. We offer a number of work placements within solicitor’s firms, at court or within not-for-profit organisations to enhance your CV, provide contacts and networking opportunities. We also offer pro bono work for students who need to enhance their links with the solicitors’ profession. In March each year we run a career development week to help focus on your career prospects. We offer mock interviews, CV surgeries and networking workshops. Our excellent careers service can also help you in obtaining training contracts and valuable work experience.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Qualification and course duration

PGDip

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
020 7133 4202