Course Programme: LPC modules Stage one: Core practice area modules
This comprises three 30 credit compulsory modules and one 15 credit compulsory module to cover:
- Introduction to Professional Practice (Professional conduct within this module carries 15 credits)
- Business Law and Practice knowledge and skills
- Dispute Resolution knowledge and skills (including criminal litigation)
- Real Estate knowledge and skills
Each module covers a range of skills including advocacy, interviewing and advising, practical legal research, critical thinking, writing and drafting.
The focus of study across the core practice areas is on practical application, using tailored case studies and simulated transactions. Stage two: Professional elective modules
Study three of the following professional elective modules (15 credits each):
- Advanced Criminal Practice*ᴧ
- Advanced Real Estate
- Banking and Debt Finance
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Dispute Resolution
- Competition Law*ᴧ
- Employment Law
- Family Law*
- Intellectual Property
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence*ᴧ
- Private Client*ᴧ
- Public Companiesᴧ
*Not available on Full-time accelerated LPC July start.
ᴧNot available on Full-time LPC January start. If you wish to study these modules, you will need to change to a September full-time or January accelerated start. Professional elective modules are subject to demand and timetabling constraints.
To be eligible to take up your place on our LPC, you must comply with the requirements for commencing a Legal Practice Course (LPC) set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – see below.
Failure to comply with these eligibility requirements means that the University will have no option but to cancel your place on the course.
If you are a non-EEA student you will also require a visa covering the full duration of your course – see Visa requirements below.
University of Law LPC selection criteria
• Academic profile and achievement, generally a minimum of an actual or predicted second class honours law degree or GDL/CPE*
• A sufficient command of the English language to successfully complete the course - see English language requirements below
• Any special circumstances revealed in your application Academic or other references
*This requirement is met by either:
A) The award of a Qualifying Law Degree. Your law degree must meet certain academic standards in order to qualify. This must include having adequately passed assessments in the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge – Public Law, Obligations I (Contract), Obligations II (Tort),Criminal Law, Land Law, Equity & Trusts and Law of the European Union. Further guidance on what is a Qualifying Law Degree ; or
B) Passing a Common Professional Examination (CPE)/Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and being awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law, or similar such as CILEX. The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements. You must fulfil all eligibility requirements by the start of the course – failure to do so may result in you being prevented from joining the course.
The SRA has recently consulted on a number of proposed changes to its regulations, including removing the requirement for students to apply for student enrolment and approval of their academic stage of training prior to commencing the LPC.
If you have been offered a training contract, you need to make sure the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has checked your "character and suitability" to be a solicitor.
This may take at least six months to complete if you have:
• Committed certain criminal offences
• Been found guilty of an academic offence
• Had serious financial issues (such as bankruptcy, Individual Voluntary Arrangements or County Court Judgments)
• Been subject to adverse regulatory findings
• Demonstrated any other behaviour that we would not expect of a solicitor (for example behaviour that was dishonest, violent or discriminatory).
Please take a look the SRA Suitability Test 2011 for more information and fill in the eligibility application if you need to tell them about any issues. If you have nothing to tell the SRA, you can inform them of this when you and your employer let them know your training is due to start.
Should the SRA’s decision not be confirmed prior to the LPC start date, you can continue with the course but do so at your own financial risk.