Cardiff University LPC

By | 10th May 2017

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Cardiff University LPC

Legal Practice Course (LPC)

The LPC is part of the process of qualifying as a solicitor.

It builds on the law degree/graduate diploma in law, and prepares students for their work based training with a law firm.

It is an intensive, highly interactive, skills-based course. Assessment is by examination, coursework and live skills assessment.

Legal Practice PgDip Full-time
Legal Practice PgDip Part-time

Legal Practice (PgDip)

The LPC is part of the process of qualifying as a solicitor. It builds on the law degree/graduate diploma in law, and prepares students for their work based training with a law firm. It is an intensive, highly interactive, skills-based course. Assessment is by examination, coursework and live skills assessment.

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) offers intensive, post graduate-level study to those who wish to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. To become fully qualified after completion of the LPC, you will need to undertake a two year training contract, which is a period of recognised work-based training.

The LPC will ensure that you acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to prepare you for the start of the training contract. It will equip you to deal with the demands that are likely to be made of you in practice, and lay the foundation for your future practice as a solicitor by encouraging habits of competence, confidence and professionalism.

Distinctive features

  • Our Legal Practice Course has a long tradition of excellence, having been established in 1993.
  • We offer a guaranteed work placement for all students without training contracts or substantial 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 One) or one or more elective subjects (Stage Two) at different times.

Key facts

Next intake September 2017
Duration 1 year
Qualification PgDip
Mode Full-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

COURSE STRUCTURE

The LPC is divided into two stages: Stage1 and Stage 2. These stages may be studied separately but nearly all students study Stage 1 and Stage 2 combined. Stage 1 begins in September and finishes in March. Stage 2 begins in March and ends in June.

The course begins with a Foundation Course designed to set the stage for the rest of Stage 1. In the Foundation Course you are introduced to course skills, to core practice areas and to other elements of the LPC, such as Professional Conduct and Regulation. In addition to the standard elements of the LPC, we also offer a short, optional course on Advocacy in Welsh (Eiriolaeth yn y Gymraeg).

In Stage 1 you will study three core practice areas:

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation

along with:

  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Solicitors’ Accounts
  • Wills and the Administration of Estates
  • Taxation

You will also study and practise the Course Skills:

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

In Stage 2 you will study three vocational electives. We keep our range of elective courses under review and offer a range of subjects to choose from.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Core modules
Business Law & Practice CLP526
Solicitors’ Accounts CLP542
Litigation CLP578
Advocacy CLP611
Interviewing and Advising CLP612
Professional Conduct and Regulation CLP620
Practical Legal Research CLP621
Wills and Administration of Estates CLP622
Drafting CLP905
Writing CLP906
Property Law and Practice CLP954

Admissions criteria

Applications for this course must be made via the Central Applications Board website.

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).

Early application is strongly advised, normally well before the end of July. Later applications will be considered, but international students must bear in mind the time needed to obtain a visa.