Legal Practice Course (LPC) (PgDip)
10 months (full-time) / 2 Years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
The Legal Practice Course is a mandatory professional qualification prior to a Training Contract and becoming a Solicitor. The LPC course aims to:
- prepare you for a training contract by equipping you to deal with the demands that are likely to be made of you in practice
- lay the foundation for your future practice as solicitors by encouraging habits of competence, confidence and professionalism.
- Cardiff Law School's Legal Practice Course has consistently been awarded the top grade available by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (formerly the Law Society of England and Wales) since 1997.
- Guaranteed work placement for all students without training contracts or recent work experience.
- There is flexibility within the full-time course to study both Stages in combination, or apply to do only the core elements (Stage 1) or one or more elective subjects (Stage 2) at different times.
The LPC is a skills-based course to prepare a student for a Training Contract and for professional practice as a Solicitor. Assessment by examination, coursework and live skills assessment. Can be studied full-time over 10 months or part-time over 2 years.
The Legal Practice Course (full and part time) includes two stages - stage 1 and stage 2:
- The Foundation Course
- 3 core practice areas (Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice, Litigation)
- 5 course skills (Practical Legal Research, Writing, Drafting, Interviewing and Advising, Advocacy)
- Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors' Accounts)
- Wills and Administration of Estates, and Taxation
- 3 vocational elective areas (3 subject areas of your choice).
Each core practice area and vocational elective is assessed, as is Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors' Accounts). Each skill is also assessed. Assessments take different forms, including examinations and oral skills exercises. Each course begins with a Foundation Course designed to set the stage for the rest of Stage 1.
In the Foundation Course students are introduced to the course skills, to the core practice areas and to the other elements of the LPC, such as Professional Conduct and Regulation. In addition to the standard elements of the LPC, at Cardiff we also offer a short, optional course on Advocacy in Welsh (Eiriolaeth yn y Gymraeg).
Suitable for Graduates with a good Honours degree in law and any other subjects with CPE/GDL. Applicants must also show a commitment to the profession, (e.g. via a placement). Please see the Law School website for the full admissions criteria.
The full-time course commences in early September each year and finishes in June the following year. Stage 1 begins in September and finishes in March. Stage 2 begins in March and finishes in June.
How to Apply:
This course should be applied to via the Central Applications Board website.
We began offering the LPC part time in September 2010, presenting an ideal opportunity for students to enhance their legal education in a flexible learning environment. The part-time course is taught over two years and has a combination of elements from Stage 1 and Stage 2 in each year. The course is delivered on Fridays, combining a mixture of face to face small group teaching and online lecture delivery.
The content and structure of our part-time course is the same as the full time course, except that the part-time course is delivered over 2 years, with a mixture of core practice areas, course skills and vocational electives in both years.
How to Apply:
Applications for the part-time course are made directly to the University via our Online Application Service.
Application Deadline: 31 July 2016 (full-time), 12 August 2016 (part-time)
Tuition Fees 2016/17
|UK & EU||International|
Year 1: £6,365
Year 2: £5,800
Year 1: £8,215
Year 2: £7,650
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Please note that the tuition fee includes the costs of all texts and materials (£550), which you will require to study the course, and there will be no additional reading list materials to purchase.
The tuition fee also includes the administration fee charged by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA), which we are required by the SRA to collect from each student on enrolment. Currently, the fee is £15, but could be subject to change by the SRA.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Shani Hughes (LPC)
Telephone: +44 (0)2920 876106