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Postgrad Diploma Legal Practice Course

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

Key Information

Start date

Autumn 2017

Duration

Full-time: one year

Full-time: one year

Postgraduate Certificate (Stage One): Full-time: Six months (September – February)

Postgraduate Diploma (Stages One & Two): Full-time: One year (September – June)

LLM: Full-time: One year (September – September)

See more about duration

UK/EU

Full-time: £14,500

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,500

Who is it for?

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is part of the required training for qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales, and follows completion of the required academic stage of training (see further below). The Programme is taught at Master's level, and its structure and content fully meet the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirements.

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. It attracts students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. Students will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

The course offers you two possible routes:

  1. Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice ('The LPC') - If you successfully complete the compulsory taught element of the course (150 credits) you will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma and be certified as having completed Stages 1 & 2 of the Legal Practice Course.  This is the compulsory vocational qualification required to be completed as part of your training to become a solicitor and to be eligible to be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.
  2. LLM in Legal Practice ('the LLM') - Alternatively, you may choose to complete both the LPC and an additional 30 credit practice-focussed dissertation  in order to achieve a Master’s Degree.

It is also possible to join the course for Stage 1 of the LPC only (the Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice), Stage 2 of the LPC only or one or more of the electives.

Objectives

This postgraduate Legal Practice Course is a practical course which will give you a strong foundation for a future career in the law. 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 learn by performing tasks relating to the case studies that you are given. These include 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.

City’s LPC is taught at Masters level. By completing Stages One and Two of the LPC at City you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

You also have the option of undertaking an additional, practice-focused dissertation to obtain the LLM in Legal Practice. There is no additional fee for this.

The LLM satisfies all the requirements of a traditional LLM but has a primary focus on practice. In addition to the taught classes on the LPC, the LLM gives you the chance to focus on a specific area of professional legal practice related to the LPC and to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of that area. This can be linked to training contract applications to underline a commitment to a particular area. This route will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your CV with an LLM from a University that provides academic excellence for business and the professions.

Accreditation

Solicitors Regulation Authority

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

The LPC is a postgraduate course with entry requirements prescribed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Most students will have a UK honours degree in law. Normally a strong second-class degree is the minimum standard required. However, it is possible to apply with a degree in another subject and a further qualification in law, such as the Graduate Diploma in Law. The SRA can advise on non-standard qualifications.

In considering your application, we will take the following into account:

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

Students who have passed the BVC or BPTC in the last five years will be able to accredit their prior learning and so will only have to take certain elements of the course.

Please contact us if you want to know more about this option.

Character and Suitability Test

You should be aware that before you qualify as a solicitor you will have to undergo a character and suitability test for the SRA. The SRA will review your position if you have any convictions, had financial problems such as a County Court judgment against you or been involved in assessment offences.

If you have been affected by such matters you should contact the SRA. Find further information on the test on the SRA website.

English requirements

If you did not complete your degree within the United Kingdom you will have to have an IELTS score of seven 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

To apply for the LLM, LPC Stages One & Two or LPC Stage One only you must apply online through the Central Applications Board at www.lawcabs.ac.uk. Applications open in early October each year and can be made up until the end of August before the start of the course.

You will have to pay a registration fee when you apply.

To apply for Stage Two only or one or two vocational electives you must apply directly to City, University of London.

We will accept applications up until one week before the course starts but you should be aware that the deadline for our scholarship scheme is in June.

You will also have to obtain a reference to support your application and should allow time for that.

If you apply for both Stages One & Two, offers will be for both the LPC and the LLM; you will be required to select which route you intend to study when you accept your offer.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

+44 (0)20 7040 6474
lpc@city.ac.uk

The City Law School
City, University of London
4 Gray's Inn Place, London WC1R 5DX
United Kingdom

Intimate
Groups are kept small so you get a lot of support from the tutor.
Extensive
Pro Bono and extra-curricular opportunities, including mentoring scheme, commercial awareness lectures and national competitions.
Contact time
High levels of contact time with our very experienced staff.

More about fees

What your fee includes

LPC fees are inclusive of:

  • course deposit
  • core textbooks and course materials
  • first attempt assessments
  • the Solicitors Regulation Authority registration fee (a £15 fee payable by all students commencing the LPC which we pay to the SRA on your behalf).

Please note that there is an additional fee for assessment resits.

The fee is the same for the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Stages One & Two of the LPC) and the LLM (the LPC plus a dissertation).

LPC Stage 1

Fees for LPC Stage 1 only for full-time Home/EU and non-EU: £10,500

Accreditation of Prior Learning (BVC & BPTC Graduates)

Full-time EU: £7,500

Full time Non-EU: £7,500

Funding

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

Investing in your future through education and training is important, and at The City Law School we understand how difficult it can be to make ends meet whilst you are studying.

City Law School scholarships

We have a substantial scholarship programme including up to 10 full fee scholarships and up to 100 £3,000 scholarships awarded annually.

10% Loyalty Discount

If you have already completed a course at The City Law School you will be eligible for the 10% loyalty discount. 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.

Find out more about the scholarships offered by the City Law School.

UK Postgraduate Loans

UK students who choose to take the LLM route will be eligible for the government’s Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000. The Postgraduate Diploma (LPC) alone is not eligible for this funding. Students who obtain such a loan will need to complete the full programme (they will not be able to switch to the PGDip route) or they may breach the terms of their loan agreement.

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.

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:

Alumni views

City alumnus Wayne shares his experience of studying the Legal Practice Course at The City Law School and how undertaking this postgraduate course has helped him in his career.

Placements

There are no placements as part of the course. However students will be able to take advantage of the many other career enhancing opportunities on offer.

Pro bono is an opportunity to use your time and knowledge to provide legal advice to those who may otherwise not have access to such services. It provides you with invaluable experience and a chance to develop your legal skills further. We have an award-winning Pro Bono Unit, which offers you a wide range of opportunities to get involved in Pro Bono work.

Mooting is a great way to develop important legal skills such as research and analysis whilst also learning how to structure a legal argument. At The City Law School, we offer wide range of mooting competitions and run an annual internal mooting competition where students act as a counsel to argue a point of law before a judge.

There is an exciting programme of additional lectures given by senior members of the legal profession, and other opportunities to network with practitioners.

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 study room specifically for LPC students. The building which houses the LPC suite also has 10 recording rooms where students can practice performances in the oral skills.

The City Law School has its own dedicated administration team and its own online legal resource portal - Lawbore. You also have access to two legal libraries, one on site at the Gray’s Inn campus and one based at our Northampton Square campus.

Our students have access to City’s extensive library and IT Facilities, accommodation (including 3 dedicated Postgraduate Halls of Residence), health care & counselling, sport & leisure facilities; you also have access to many of the facilities of the University of London.

Your will be provided with a number of manuals and course materials.

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Teaching and learning

One of the strong features of the LPC at City is the level of support students receive. All of the tutors on the course are solicitors, some of whom have worked as partners in their previous firms. They are supported by occasional sessions delivered by practitioners or visiting academics who are experts in their particular fields.

The course is structured in a way that allows you to gain maximum benefit from the experience that tutors have. Students therefore get a high level of face to face contact time with tutors.

This is reinforced by the size of the groups. For the workshops students will normally be in a groups of 16 students. This group will then split into two for the skills sessions, which are normally taught in groups of eight students. This allows more time for students to get guidance from tutors.

These smaller sessions are underpinned by the large groups. All students will attend these sessions which give an overview of the area being studied.

If you choose to take the LLM, the classes that you take on the LPC provide the taught element of the course. To complete your studies and be awarded the LLM in Legal Practice, you will also have to produce a dissertation of between 7,500 and 10,000 words. In order to do this, you will need to work independently, use practitioner sources and apply law at an advanced level to solve problems whilst developing an awareness of current practice issues.

In support of your work on the dissertation we provide:

  • One-to-one supervision
  • Web-based guidance on research, planning and writing a dissertation
  • Access to all The City Law School and City, University of London facilities, including: Library services, IT support and Careers
  • Induction sessions on research and writing skills

Assessment

The assessment regime for the course has to meet the SRA’s requirements. This means that the Core Practice Areas, Electives and Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors Accounts) are assessed by means of a written examination.

The Course Skills are assessed in the context of the Core Practice Areas and Wills in a manner that is appropriate to the individual skill. For example, you will have to conduct a filmed interview with an actor as your client, make a filmed court submission, draft a legal document or prepare a letter of advice for a client.

Our assessments are open book and therefore test your application of the law rather than your memory.

Modules

The course begins in September with a two week Foundation when you will have classes every day. This will introduce you to the Course Skills and the more practical approach that we take to studying the law. The course is then divided into two stages.

In Stage One you will study the core modules. During this stage you will normally attend four days a week. You will normally have three one and half hour sessions a day amounting to 16 – 18 hours a week. Stage One runs from September-February (including assessments).

In Stage Two, you will study three elective modules. Your timetable will depend on the electives that you choose. You will have around 13.5 – 15 hours of classes a week, timetabled over 4 days, during this stage. Stage Two runs from March-June (including assessments)

If you choose to complete the LLM you will be required to write a dissertation between June and September.  In addition to supervision, we will provide you with an induction covering research and writing skills in June; there will be no other timetabled teaching during this period.

Stage One

In Stage One you have to complete nine compulsory modules as follows:

Core Practice Areas

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation (including Civil and Criminal)

Course Skills

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

Professional Conduct and Regulation
Solicitors’ Accounts
Wills and the Administration of Estates

The SRA require you to study Taxation as part of the course. This pervades the course and so will be dealt with throughout the above modules.

Stage Two

During Stage Two of the course you will study your electives. In order to complete the LPC you must pass three electives. You can take your electives at more than one provider and you can take your electives at providers other than City. You should, however, be aware that it might be more expensive for you to do this.

You will choose your electives in the autumn after commencing the LPC, having received guidance from the tutors about your choice. You will have to opt for either a commercial or general practice route although the bulk of the electives are open to all students.

You can choose from the following electives:

  • Advanced Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Equity Finance (commercial route only)
  • Family Law (general practice route only)
  • Media Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (commercial route only)
  • Private Client (general practice route only)

The range of electives offered in any one year is subject to availability and demand, but we usually run all electives.

Career prospects

This course is designed to prepare you for life as a trainee solicitor.

Many applicants will not have a training contract when they start the course. The law school offers the bespoke Training Contract Advisory Service (TCAS) which you can access as soon as you have accepted your place. This is run by members of the team who were partners in their firms and so know what employers are looking for.

TCAS offers assistance with CV’s, covering letters, selection days and other matters relating to a search for a training contract. In particular, students can arrange a mock interview with a member of the team.

The support offered has allowed graduates to go into a wide variety of firms. These include commercial and high street firms both within and outside London.

We do retain links with our alumni some of whom assist us with the course in a variety of ways. In particular, we have a mentor scheme which involves previous students and members of the profession more generally. The mentors are able to give you guidance on your career.

Some graduates will also go on to further study or use the skills and knowledge acquired in areas outside of the law. As many of the skills developed on the LPC are transferable, former students are now working in other professional environments such as:

  • Government Legal Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Local Government lawyers
  • Regulators
  • Academic lawyers
  • Legal publishing
  • Finance industry and banking
  • Commerce and business
  • Banking
  • Accountancy
  • Tax
  • Corporate governance
  • Ombudsman departments

You can receive expert advice about your career options from your personal tutor and City's Careers, Student Development & Outreach service. The service also offers support for interviews, mock interviews and job searching techniques.

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

To apply for the LLM, LPC Stages One & Two or LPC Stage One only you must apply online through the Central Applications Board at www.lawcabs.ac.uk. Applications open in early October each year and can be made up until the end of August before the start of the course.

You will have to pay a registration fee when you apply.

To apply for Stage Two only or one or two vocational electives you must apply directly to City, University of London.

We will accept applications up until one week before the course starts but you should be aware that the deadline for our scholarship scheme is in June.

You will also have to obtain a reference to support your application and should allow time for that.

If you apply for both Stages One & Two, offers will be for both the LPC and the LLM; you will be required to select which route you intend to study when you accept your offer.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

+44 (0)20 7040 6474
lpc@city.ac.uk

The City Law School
City, University of London
4 Gray's Inn Place, London WC1R 5DX
United Kingdom

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