University of Wolverhampton

Legal Practice Course (LPC) LLM

The LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor.

This course, which can be studied full-time or part-time, is a key part of the vocational stage of training to become a solicitor for graduates or Members or Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives who have completed the academic stage of legal training.

The course emphasises and develops the skills which are required for a successful career in practice, and it must be successfully completed prior to the commencement of a training contract.

Additionally, the course will provide you with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of an area of chosen legal interest through completion of a Masters’ level dissertation.

Entry requirements

Under the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (as amended) the Law Society (now Solicitors’ Regulation Authority) and Bar Council are responsible for laying down the qualification regulations in respect of those seeking to qualify as solicitors and barristers. The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and Bar Council have agreed to act jointly in respect of the first or academic stage of training where that stage is satisfied by the completion of a qualifying law degree or approved Common Professional Examination course. The conditions are set out within the amended 1995 Joint Announcement issued by the Law Society and the Council of Legal Education relating to Qualifying Law Degree and Common Professional Examinations and require requisite understanding of the Foundations of Legal Knowledge.

No student will be admitted to the Legal Practice Course unless the University is satisfied that he or she has satisfied the academic stage of training.

Whilst the SRA no longer requires students to register as Student Members of the SRA prior to commencement of the Legal Practice Course, students are advised that the SRA will assess the character and suitability of all individuals before they start a period of recognised training. The details of this Suitability Test are available on the SRA website. Students may wish to have an early assessment if there is a risk that they may not later qualify for admission on the grounds of an issue of character and suitability. This must be sought at least six months before a period of recognised training commences and there is a fee (£100 in March 2015) for doing so.

Course modules

At Wolverhampton Law School the LPC is structured to cater for students who wish to enter either general or commercial practice.

During Stage 1, which runs from September to February, you will study the core practice areas whilst developing key legal skills you will need in practice. You will then choose three of a range of elective subjects, either linked to your chosen career path or to keep your options open, during Stage 2 from March to June.

Stage 1 – Compulsory modules:

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation and Advocacy
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors' Accounts)

Legal Skills:

  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Drafting and Legal Writing

Stage 2 – Electives (3 from the following choices):

  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Property Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Housing Law
  • Immigration and Welfare Law
  • Insolvency Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation

*Dissertation submitted in September, after end of Stage 2.

Fees

Please contact Wolverhampton Law School to confirm the fees for part time (evenings) students.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 10,200 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
LLM Full-time £ 12,700 (Whole course) International 1 Years
LLM Part-time evening Home/EU 2 Years

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