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Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) part-time

At Nottingham Law School (NLS) we are confident that our Legal Practice Course (LPC) will provide you with the best training currently available. Our careers expertise and experienced and supportive teaching staff will help you get your career as a solicitor off to a flying start. NLS has an excellent reputation within the legal profession. Our LPC has continuously received the highest possible grading from the SRA of commendable practice in every area of the course.

We know that with a changing job market we need to provide relevant legal experience, networking events and careers support for our students to give you the head start that you require at the beginning of your career.

Successful completion of the course enables you to proceed to a training contract and then be admitted as a solicitor. The job market is very competitive and whether you come to Nottingham Law School with a 2.1 or a 2.2 we can add value to enhance your CV and increase your employability.

Students who do not wish to study for the full masters award can still study for the award of a postgraduate diploma, that is, the traditional LPC award. However, all students will benefit from the enhancements made to the LPC.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

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

All applicants should provide evidence in their personal statement of their commitment to a career in law. Applicants should also ensure that their referee provides a full reference in support of their application. See the how to apply tab for full entry requirement details.

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

The course begins with a short foundation programme in Professional Conduct and Regulation, Research. Business Accounts, and Taxation, immediately followed by the delivery of the Core Practice areas (CPAs). Students choosing the Professional Legal Practice module will also undertake workshops for this module during this stage. Teaching and learning within the CPAs will build on knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your undergraduate academic legal studies, and will integrate the LPC skills and the pervasive topics introduced in the foundation programme to ensure that you are continually practising and developing your professional legal knowledge and skills.

The CPAs are assessed in August/September of Stage One. All other Stage One modules are assessed at the end of the relevant teaching block during the Stage One teaching period.

Towards the end of Stage One you will elect whether you wish to undertake the Dissertation module or Professional Legal Practice module, and supervision and deadlines are in place to support your work planning for this module.

Stage Two

During this stage you will study a total of three Electives to be chosen from the list of Elective modules available. The course and curriculum are designed to ensure a progressive approach to the acquisition of both knowledge and skills. There is an increased emphasis, in particular, on the development of independent research skills both within the teaching and learning of your chosen Electives and in your studies for the Dissertation or Professional Legal Practice module.

The Elective modules will be assessed at the end of the teaching block, and you will be expected to submit the assessment for the Dissertation module no later at the end of Stage Two teaching if you wish to graduate with the full LLM award at the final examination board in July. If you are unable to complete the assessment within this period you will have further opportunities to submit but will not be eligible for an award until you have either completed this assessment or elected not to do so. If you elect not to complete the assessment for the Dissertation module you will be eligible for the alternative award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. If no election is made, but you fail to complete the assessment within nine months of completion of the course you will be automatically be given the alternative award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

Modules

  • Business Law & Practice (including Taxation and Business Accounts)
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Property Law
  • Elective one
  • Elective two
  • Elective three
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Solicitors Accounts
  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Writing
  • Drafting
  • Research dissertation / Law in Practice (optional for those taking the LLM award).

Course skills

The course skills are advocacy, interviewing, research, writing and drafting and these are often seen as providing the most demanding, and hopefully rewarding, elements of the course. We give particular attention to the written skills of research and writing and drafting; we take seriously the concerns of many firms about the capacity of trainees to handle this type of work in the early part of their training contracts.

Theoretical material is kept to a minimum, and the emphasis is normally on practice and feedback to develop the skills you will need on entering the profession.

Electives

Modules include:

  • Advanced Civil Litigation
  • Private Client
  • Employment Law
  • Advanced Advocacy
  • Family and Child Protection
  • Advanced Commercial Property
  • Commercial Law
  • Advanced Criminal Practice

Please note that elective modules will only run if sufficient numbers of students opt for them. Consequently, we cannot guarantee that all modules will run.

Assessment methods

Assessments are designed to integrate with the course as a whole. We assess each stage of the LPC's content by assessments at the end of that stage. You will be assessed in each skill, designed to establish competence, on a competent / not competent basis. You will be assessed by examination in each of the three compulsory and elective subjects (your own prescribed materials being allowed in the exams).

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Legal Practice Course Part-time £ 5,650 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
Legal Practice Course Part-time £ 5,650 (Academic year) International 2 Years

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