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Legal Practice Course (LPC) LLM

The LLM LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice. Most students study the LPC after completing the academic stage of training by means of passing a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

You will need to have a Qualifying Law Degree or have met CPE/GDL requirements before you start the Legal Practice Course.

Study modes

The LPC LLM course is available as a full time course, part time course and via blended learning.

Entry requirements

To study the LPC, you must have completed the academic stage of training as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Students need to have achieved a qualifying law degree or passed the CPE/GDL conversion course and therefore have studied the Foundations of Legal Knowledge; or have a CILEX qualification.

Course modules

In common with all UK institutions, as part of our LPC you will study:

Core practice areas

  • Property Law and Practice – Study all elements of a property transaction including the searches and enquiries, exchange of contracts, pre and post completion as well as leasehold and new developments.
  • Litigation – Study Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Criminal Law and Practice, including detailed case analysis, varied and appropriate courses of action and appropriate funding and detailed procedure.
  • Business Law and Practice – Learn how to draft and interpret business accounts. Consider tax issues and advise on appropriate business organisations and common transactions.

Five specified legal skills

  1. Writing Skills – Study the appropriate use of media, writing style and content
  2. Drafting Skills – Learn how to draft, amend and edit documents, and explain documents to clients and other parties.
  3. Advocacy – Study case analysis, preparation and develop excellent oral presentations in a litigation context.
  4. Interviewing Skills – Learn how to conduct client interviews to obtain instructions, advise on the law and write to confirm your advice.
  5. Practical Legal Research – Identifying the legal and practical considerations and advising on the law using up to date online legal resources used by legal practitioners.

Pervasive areas of professional conduct and regulation

Study the Code of Conduct dealing with realistic scenarios based on real issues which arise.

Wills and administration of estates

An introduction to will drafting and the administration of estates.

Solicitors' accounts rules

Learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts, transfer between office and client accounts and between two client accounts.


Choose three electives from the following:

  • Corporate and Commercial Client
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Criminal Practice
  • Advanced Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Private Client

This award combines the taught elements of the Legal Practice Course (120 credits) with a tutor guided research project (60 credits). Alongside the LPC core and elective modules, students will undertake a Blended Learning module in Legal Research Methods where they will engage with differing research methodologies and practices and produce an assessed final project/dissertation proposal.

Students will have two primary options for their final research project/dissertation in that they can opt to align their research to their work within a legal field or if not currently employed in the legal sector can choose from a prescribed list of academic research topics.

Upon successful completion students will have attained a full Master of Laws degree in Legal Practice which will enhance their employability.

Assessment methods

All LPC assessments are designed around legal practice and client-based case scenarios in order to emulate legal practice as far as possible. Most assessments are 'open book' to reflect legal practice rather than a memory test.

The final research project or dissertation will comprise an assessed project or dissertation proposal as well as the project or dissertation itself.


This award is eligible for a Postgraduate Student Loan.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 12,300 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 Years
LLM Full-time £ 12,300 (Academic year) International 1 Years
LLM Part-time £ 6,150 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 Years
LLM Part-time £ 6,150 (Academic year) International 2 Years

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