Nottingham Law School

Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC)

We are confident that our LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) will provide you with the best training currently available. We have an excellent reputation within the legal profession and our LPC has continuously received the highest possible grading from the Solicitors Regulation Authority in every area of the course.

Successful completion of all the elements of our LLM LPC will result in the award of a Masters degree. As well as providing you with an internationally recognised qualification, you will leave us with enhanced insight into the legal profession and better equipped to succeed. This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Students who do not wish to study for the full Masters award can still study for the award of a postgraduate diploma and receive their LPC award. However, all students will benefit from the enhancements made to the LPC.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following options:

  • a Qualifying Law degree (2.2 or above).
  • Graduate Diploma in Law / CPE with an undergraduate degree (2.2 or above).
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualification.

All applicants should provide evidence in their personal statement of their commitment to a career in law and will be required to provide a full reference in support of their application.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Course modules

Stage One

Delivered from September to February.

Covers the compulsory elements of:

  • Business (including Taxation and Business Accounts)
  • Property
  • Litigation (Civil and Criminal)
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Solicitors' Accounts
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Skills: advocacy, interviewing, writing, drafting, and research.

Stage Two

Delivered from February to June.

Comprises of:

  • Three elective subjects which you will select from a range of options.
  • You will also be required to submit either a project of 5,000 words or a dissertation of 7,500 words to achieve a Masters degree.

During Stage One, the teaching of the Professional Legal Practice Module will also occur.

Most students prefer to move on to Stage Two of the LPC, the electives, immediately after completion of Stage One, but you don't have to and there is a variety of choices.

You can:

  • Stop for a while after Stage One and rejoin the course in a following year (although SRA rules impose time limits on how long you can wait)
  • Undertake the electives in part-time mode.

It is up to you which way you choose; most students like to complete the LPC as soon as possible, but some like to undertake electives once they have a better idea of their intended practice area.

Assessment methods

Assessments are designed to integrate with the course as a whole. The main assessment periods occur at the end of both Stage One and Stage Two.

You will be assessed by written examination in each of the three compulsory and elective subjects (your own prescribed materials being allowed in the exams).

The nature of each skill assessment will be determined by the skill to be demonstrated. Other suitable methods of assessment are employed to cover Professional Conduct and Regulation, Solicitors' Accounts and Wills and Administration of Estates.

Your project or dissertation will be marked according to the University's protocols for Masters awards.

Throughout the course there will be numerous opportunities to receive feedback on your progress.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
Legal Practice Course Full-time Home/EU £ 11,300 Whole course 1 years
Legal Practice Course Full-time International £ 11,300 Whole course 1 years

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