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City, University of London

Legal Practice Course

This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a solicitor - whatever area of law you are interested in. To apply, you will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree, plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

The course attracts a rich blend of students with a variety of backgrounds and interests - from around the world and from all parts of the UK.

Providing you with a solid academic foundation, this programme is taught at Masters level, and its structure and content fully meet the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirements. 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.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: 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.

Course modules

Stage One:
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:
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.

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma Full-time £ 14,750 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma Full-time £ 14,750 (Academic year) International 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2018 14,750 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 1 Years

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