Legal Practice Course - PG Dip
Why study this course?
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) aims to prepare you for employment as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. This course can be studied full-time or part-time (day or 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.
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 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 full-time or the two year part-time LPC are required to attend an intensive foundation course for the first week of term in September from Monday to Friday, 10am until 5pm. Compulsory attendance is required for all students, irrespective of whether you are studying full-time or part-time. Please take this into consideration when arranging work, family and holiday commitments.
Full-time attendance: Two day timetabling for our one year course
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.
Part-time attendance: 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 methods are designed to reflect how solicitors work today, and include skills assessments and open book examinations.
London Metropolitan University is an SRA (Solicitor Regulation Authority) approved LPC provider.
You will be required to have:
- a qualifying law degree (awarded by a Solicitor Regulation Authority approved University), with at least second class honours or, if a non-law graduate, a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or 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) (obtained prior to July 2014) 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.
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.
Completed the BVC or BPTC in the last five years?
If you have, you can apply for prior learning credit on our LPC, providing you with an opportunity to qualify as a solicitor (subject to obtaining a training contract) by undertaking a portion of the regular Legal Practice Course (LPC). In this way you can complete our LPC within one year (part-time), with a degree of flexibility regarding class times.
Students who have successfully completed the BVC/BPTC are 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 Academic Stage of Training.
Part-time fee for the accelerated study (Barrister to Solicitor) route in 2016/17: £5,720 for one academic year.
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
- 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
- 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
If you wish to discuss the course content or course structure please email the course leader, Elizabeth Pugh (email@example.com). For general questions relating to the Application process please contact the Admissions Office on 020 7133 4202/4203.
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.
For information on start dates please see our academic term dates.
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
How to apply
If you are applying for place on the one year full-time course, you must do so through the Central Applications Board Central Applications Board (Law Cabs).
If you are applying for a place on the two year part-time course, use the apply button to begin your application.
When to apply
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.
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