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    1. 2016
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Legal Practice Course

Postgrad Diploma |
The course is an excellent preparation for practice giving you a realistic experience of life as a trainee solicitor.

Key Information

Start date

Autumn 2016

Duration

Full-time: September to June

UK/EU

Full-time: £14,000 (combined fee for Stages 1 & 2)

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,000 (combined fee for Stages 1 & 2)

Who is it for?

This course is well suited for anyone who wants to become a solicitor whatever area of law they are interested in. There is a rich blend of students on the course with a variety of backgrounds and interests.

There are students from a number of jurisdictions many of whom will have experience of working in practice. Most students will have a upper second class honours degree or have performed well on the Graduate Diploma in Law.  A high standard of work is therefore expected and achieved.

Objectives

This postgraduate Legal Practice Course is a practical course which will give you a strong foundation for a future career in the law. This is reflected in the skills based, transactional nature of the course.

You will work on a series of client files which will be similar to the cases dealt with in a solicitor’s office. The law school’s experienced staff will guide you through the different tasks that would have to be undertaken to advance the client’s case.

Your approach to the course will therefore be very different to the one experienced in an academic law course. You will have to apply knowledge in a way that best serves the client’s interests.

The course is very interactive. You will work on series of case studies which reflect the sort of work that you will undertake as a trainee solicitor. You will learn by performing the tasks relating to these case studies such as drafting legal documents, preparing letters of advice or delivering a submission at court. At the end of the course you will therefore be well prepared for your career in the law.

Accreditation

Solicitors Regulation Authority logo

The course is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is a compulsory element of the process of qualifying as a solicitor.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Students must have completed the academic stage of training, which consists either of a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree followed by a law conversion course such as the Graduate Diploma in Law or Graduate Entry LLB. In both cases a lower second class honours degree is required. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) can advise on non-standard qualifications.

Students who have previously completed the BPTC/BVC within five years of starting the LPC may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Learning for some modules.

Before enrolling on the course, all students must meet SRA requirements for evidence of completion of the academic stage of legal training and become SRA student members.

How do we make our decision?

In reaching selection decisions we will take account of the following:

  • Your academic profile and achievement
  • The strength of personal reasons for wishing to take the course
  • Evidence of your motivation to become a solicitor (work experience, training contract applications)

Accreditation of Prior Learning (BVC & BPTC Graduates)

You can apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) on the basis of having successfully completed the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) no earlier than 5 years before enrolment on the LPC.

English requirements

If you did not complete your degree within the United Kingdom you will have to have an IELTS score of 7 with no score less than six in any element of the assessment.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Stages One and Two

Applicants wishing to complete both Stage One and Stage Two of the Legal Practice Course at The City Law School only need to make one application through the Central Applications Board

You will not need to submit a separate application for Stage Two.

Stage One Only

All applicants wishing to complete Stage One only at The City Law School need to make one application through the Central Applications Board www.lawcabs.ac.uk

Stage Two Only

All applications for Stage Two to take one or two or three electives at the School should be made directly to The City Law School and NOT the Central Applications Board.

To apply, please email lpc@city.ac.uk.

For further information visit: www.lawcabs.ac.uk

The application deadline for starting the LPC in September 2016 is 5 September 2016.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (BVC & BPTC Graduates)

To apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) on the basis of having successfully completed the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) no earlier than 5 years before enrolment on the LPC, you should apply for the LPC via the Central Applications Board as detailed above, mentioning that you will be applying for APL in your application.

You should also complete the Accreditation of Prior Learning Application Form.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application for APL along with notification of the outcome of your application for the LPC.

Read The City Law School's Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy

Intimate
Groups are kept small so you get a lot of support from the tutor.
20+
Pro bono schemes.
Contact time
High levels of contact time with our very experienced staff.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

LPC Stage 1

Fees for LPC Stage 1 only for full-time Home/EU and non-EU : £10,000

Accreditation of Prior Learning (BVC & BPTC Graduates)

Full-time EU: £7,000

Full time Non-EU: £7,000

Future Lawyer Advancement Reward

If you have already completed a course at The City Law School you will be eligible for the Future Lawyer Advancement Reward. All you need to do is meet the minimum entry requirements for your second course and we will automatically take 10% off of your tuition fees. This is available to students who have previously completed the BVC/BPTC with us and choose to take the LPC with Accreditation of Prior Learning.

See our range scholarships, prizes and loans that can help you pay for your course.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

For further information and ideas about funding your course, visit Financing your study.

Disclosure for US students

As part of US Loan regulations, City is required to give Gainful Employment disclosures as part of our contract with the US Department of Education. Please refer to the following document for more information:

Academic facilities

The course is delivered at the Gray’s Inn Place campus in the heart of legal London. The campus has a specific professional programmes library and all the classrooms have been designed to meet the requirements of the professional law courses.

There is a dedicated LPC suite of classrooms which also includes lockers and a resources room specifically for LPC students. The building which houses the LPC suite also has 10 video rooms where students can practice performances in the oral skills.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Teaching and learning

The LPC marks the start of your professional legal career and so you are expected to attend and work as if you were in practice. Our course closely replicates the demands and disciplines of practice through realistic and engaging scenarios. In addition to the core knowledge and legal subjects, we focus on professional behaviours and commercial awareness. The tasks you undertake are designed to provide you with transferable skills that can be applied in a variety of contexts.

Our Stage One and Stage Two timetables consist of:

  • Four days teaching each week (up to around 16 hours class contact time)
  • One day for preparation, professional development and research each week
  • 20 plus hours of private study and preparation work each week

LPC Teaching Structure

You are taught in large group sessions, workshops with up to a maximum of 16 students and skills sessions with up to a maximum of eight students. You will have the choice of being taught in either the morning or the afternoon, giving you the flexibility to shape your study around your personal commitments. Our quality teaching staff bring a wide range of experience of practice to our course. They have direct and continuing experience in practice and have expert knowledge in a wide range of subjects. On enrolment, you will receive a complete set of materials, manuals and standard practitioner texts for the stage you are studying. The training materials reflect the work you will do during the early years of practice and are made available to you both in hard copy and online.

Assessment

The whole of both Stages One and Two is assessable and all assessments are open-book. All assessments are based on realistic exercises that reproduce the demands of practice and reflect the work done on the course. Advocacy and Interviewing and Advising have oral assessments that are performed live with actors playing the role of client and/or witness. Interviewing and Advising requires some follow-up written work, and Legal Drafting, Legal Writing and Practical Legal Research have written assessments that respectively require you to prepare a piece of drafting, write a letter of advice and produce a research report. Feedback, including self-assessment and peer assessment, is central to the development of your legal skills, and your own professional (and even personal) development. In order to make sure that our feedback is useful to you, we ensure that:

  • All of our staff are fully trained in giving effective feedback
  • The criteria for all skills modules are highlighted for students in the introductory stages
  • All skills-based small group sessions focus on one or more assessment criteria

Your on-going feedback and, continued practical and academic development will give you an industry leading start to your legal career.

The City Law School has enviable connections with the City of London's legal sector - this is supported for LPC students by the Careers, Student Development & Outreach services to place you in an elite class of international LPC graduates.

Opportunities

You are encouraged to participate in the Client Interviewing mediation and cross-course mooting competitions in order to build confidence and hone your professional skills. The course also benefits from a close relationship with our sister school, Cass Business School, which enables us to offer you exclusive lectures on business-related subjects and commercial issues.

Read the full LPC programme specification.

Continued Professional Development for Legal Professionals

As part of The City Law School's commitment to providing academic excellence combined with career development for all of our students, we offer a wide range of CPD courses for legal professionals.

Learn more about our comprehensive Legal CPD offering.

Modules

The City Law School LPC is comprised of two stages. As one of London's leading LPC providers, we ensure that the course structure is easy to follow yet challenging.

Stage One gives you the key skills and knowledge you need to go on to be a trainee solicitor and Stage Two allows you to enhance your knowledge in three particular specialist areas of law.

Written and developed in consultation with practitioners, our highly ranked LPC course in London focuses on giving you the practical legal skills you really need.

Stage One

In each element of Stage One you will develop the relevant legal skills and knowledge required of all trainee solicitors/work based learners.

Core Practice Areas:

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors' Accounts)
  • Taxation
  • Wills and Administration of Estates

Skills subjects:

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

Stage Two

Stage Two is designed to give you the detailed knowledge and skills required in your chosen three vocational electives. You can choose all three from one of our specialist clusters or you can mix and match between clusters.

Commercial Cluster:

  • Advanced Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law and Practice
  • Equity Finance
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers
  • Media Law

Litigation Cluster:

  • Advanced Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Media Law

Hybrid Cluster:

  • Advanced Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law and Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Media Law
  • Private Client

The range of elective subjects offered in any one year is subject to availability and demand.

Read the full programme specification.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (BVC & BPTC Graduates)

Accreditation of Prior Learning (BVC & BPTC Graduates)

We are offer Accredited Prior Learning (APL) for Bar Vocational Course (BVC) and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students applying for the LPC.

Successful graduates of the BVC may be granted exemptions from attendance and assessment in the following areas:

  • Stage 1 - Litigation, Advocacy, Drafting, and Practical Legal Research
  • Stage 2 - Two Vocational Electives

Successful graduates of the BPTC may be granted exemption from attendance and assessment in the following areas:

  • Stage 1 - Litigation, Advocacy, Drafting
  • Stage 2 - Two Vocational Electives

This is only available to students who completed the BVC/BPTC no earlier than five years prior to the date of their enrolment on the LPC.

BVC/BPTC graduates are not required to have undertaken pupillage, however students pursuing this route will have to undertake a full training contract following the LPC: the APL policy does not grant any exemption from completing a training contract.

Students who have completed a pupillage should not follow the APL route as they are eligible to become a solicitor via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme regulations (QLTS).

For further information please contact our Admissions team and visit the website for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Career prospects

On successful completion of the course, students receive the City, University of London Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.


Both the course and careers teams are dedicated to assisting students in reaching their professional goals. There is a range of support services for those who are in the process of applying for training contracts or considering alternative careers, including the Training Contracts Advisory Service and the Careers Service.


A variety of extra-curricular opportunities are offered to enhance students' cv and job prospects. These include involvement in external competitions, mentoring by practitioners, pro bono work and commercial awareness seminars.

92.5% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


Stages One and Two

Applicants wishing to complete both Stage One and Stage Two of the Legal Practice Course at The City Law School only need to make one application through the Central Applications Board

You will not need to submit a separate application for Stage Two.

Stage One Only

All applicants wishing to complete Stage One only at The City Law School need to make one application through the Central Applications Board www.lawcabs.ac.uk

Stage Two Only

All applications for Stage Two to take one or two or three electives at the School should be made directly to The City Law School and NOT the Central Applications Board.

To apply, please email lpc@city.ac.uk.

For further information visit: www.lawcabs.ac.uk

The application deadline for starting the LPC in September 2016 is 5 September 2016.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (BVC & BPTC Graduates)

To apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) on the basis of having successfully completed the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) no earlier than 5 years before enrolment on the LPC, you should apply for the LPC via the Central Applications Board as detailed above, mentioning that you will be applying for APL in your application.

You should also complete the Accreditation of Prior Learning Application Form.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application for APL along with notification of the outcome of your application for the LPC.

Read The City Law School's Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy

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