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University of Sheffield – School of Law

Legal Practice Course LPC

The Legal Practice Course trains you to masters standard, allowing you to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of legal practice, whilst also providing you with the vocational qualification you need in order to go on to practise as a solicitor.

Highly regarded by the profession and consistently recognised for the quality of its teaching, the course is part of a top-ranking Russell Group University within a vibrant city, and yet is small enough to remain personal.

The MA in Legal Practice is very much a hands-on course, using case studies and files based on those used in practice. We ask you to research and acquire knowledge, put that into context, identify issues and place the client at the centre of the problem. Upon completion of this vocational aspect of the course, you then go on to submit a dissertation.

Students who choose not to submit a dissertation will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (which satisfies the vocational requirements).

You can opt to take the course part-time, in which case you are only required to come in for approximately six hours per week – allowing you the rest of your time to gain valuable work experience, something which is highly regarded by employers.

Entry requirements

A good second class honours or above in a qualifying law degree, or equivalent undergraduate degree plus Sheffield’s MA Law or any law conversion course (Common Professional Examination or Graduate Diploma in Law). We’ll also consider the appropriate level of ILEX qualification.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Legal Practice Course Stage One (compulsory)

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation and Advocacy
  • Drafting
  • Writing
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Advocacy
  • Professional Conduct
  • Solicitors’ Accounts
  • Wills and Administration of Estates

Stage Two (optional, choose three)

  • Acquisitions and Mergers
  • Advanced Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Law
  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Private Client
  • Personal Injury Litigation


If you're studying part-time or for an alternative qualification then the fee could be different. Contact the department to check.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Full-time £ 11,500 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MA Full-time £ 16,000 (Whole course) International 1 Years
MA Part-time Home/EU 2 Years
MA Part-time International 2 Years

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