Taught course

Legal Practice Course

Institution
London Metropolitan University · Guildhall School of Business and Law
Qualifications
PGDip

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a qualifying law degree awarded by a SRA approved provider with at least second class honours that must include having adequately passed assessments in the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge: Public Law, Obligations I (Contract), Obligations II (Tort), Criminal Law, Land Law, Equity and Trusts and Law of the European Union, or;
  • if you’re a non-law graduate, a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE) having obtained overall average marks 50% or above

Applicants are required to provide a copy of the award certificate and transcript of results for their entry qualification. Additionally, applicants with a Law degree are also required to provide a letter from the awarding University to confirm that they hold a qualifying law degree. Further information on what a qualifying law degree is can be found on the SRA website.

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.

Accelerated study

If you have you completed the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in the last five years, then you can apply for prior learning credit. This will allow you to study a portion of our LPC within one year (part-time) and with a certain amount of flexibility regarding class times, giving you the opportunity to qualify sooner as a solicitor (subject to obtaining a training contract).

If you have successfully completed the BVC/BPTC then you are also eligible to apply for exemption from attendance and assessment in the following subjects and skills which are part of the LPC: litigation, advocacy, drafting, practical legal research (BVC graduates only) and two of the three vocational electives.

To apply for the accelerated study route, please complete the part-time online application form and upload a copy of your qualification certificates, academic transcripts and evidence of completion of the academic stage of training.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why study this course?

London Met's Legal Practice Course (LPC) postgraduate diploma is designed to prepare you for employment as a trainee solicitor by providing a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge required in this career. Approved by the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA), this course can be studied full-time or part-time in the day or the evening. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 98.2% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

If you have completed the academic stage of legal training, the Legal Practice Course postgraduate diploma will provide you with the professional stage of training required to qualify as a solicitor. London Metropolitan University has a long-standing reputation for training solicitors and was one of the first universities to be validated to run the LPC.

The course imitates the nature of the work you would encounter in legal practice and follows 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.

You’ll also learn the everyday skills of practical legal research, interviewing and advising, writing, drafting and advocacy. This will prepare you for your subsequent professional training and practice as a solicitor.

The majority of London Met's LPC tutors are qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience. You will find all of our tutors to be friendly and approachable.

The classes are highly interactive in their small groups of three-hour sessions and are supplemented with online tests, revision lectures and materials.

Although some lectures that cover more complex subjects will be available online, the emphasis is on face-to-face teaching and individual feedback. This is in accordance with overwhelming student feedback that prefers the benefits from live contact with tutors and fellow students. You learn by doing on this course.

The course has dedicated facilities, including an LPC resource room with a dedicated LPC room containing practitioner text and IT resources and teaching rooms with audio-visual recording facilities. Materials and case studies are provided within the course fee.

The careers team will also be on hand to help you in your career development, whether you are seeking a training contract, applying for work placements or other pro bono opportunities to enhance your employment prospects.

This is a competitively priced Legal Practice Course provided by a London university with flexible study options. Upon completion of the LPC, there is an option to apply for a top-up LLM in Legal Practice by completing Legal Research Methodology and Legal Practice Dissertation modules.

Assessment

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

Professional accreditation

This LPC course is approved by the SRA.

Modular structure

Core modules include:

  • Advocacy Skills (core, 0 credits)
  • Business Law and Practice (core, 24 credits)
  • Drafting Skills (core, 2.25 credits)

Option modules include:

  • Advanced Business Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
  • Child Law and Practice (option, 13.5 credits)
  • Civil and Commercial Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (option, 13.5 credits)

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

After the course

London Met is focused on helping its LPC students obtain a training contract and legal work experience. You will be designated a professional mentor to provide individual advice and guidance.

Our excellent careers team are able to help you with advice regarding training contract applications and preparation of your CV, as well as by providing mock interview practice which will help you find valuable work placements and pro bono opportunities to enhance your CV and establish contacts with the solicitors' profession.

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7650
International students
£11400

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
+44 (0)20 7133 4200