What is Achieved through the LPC Course?
The LPC (Legal Practice Course), also referred to as the post graduate diploma in law, is the final vocational stage of qualification for those training to become a solicitor. It is designed to prepare the candidate for the practical provision of fundamental core principles which he will be applying during his daily practice. Prior to studying the LPC course, candidates are required to enrol for student membership with the SRA (Solicitors Regulatory Authority) and receive certification to prove that they have completed the necessary academic training and are in possession of their law degree.
The Structure of the LPC Study Programme
Before they commence study for their diploma in legal practice with their chosen LPC providers, all candidates will be expected to have a working knowledge of the following legal applications: Contract Law, EU Law, Crime, Equity and Trusts, Property Law and the Law of Tort.
The actual study programme consists of five key modules which will cover the necessary legal applications for a career as a practicing solicitor; these include:
The Core Areas
• Professional Conduct and Ethics
• European Law
• Probate, and the
• Administration of Estate
The Compulsory Areas
• Business Law and Practice
• Property Law and Practice, and
• Litigation and Advocacy
The Pervasive Areas
• Professional Conduct and Client Care
• EU Law
• Human Rights, and
• Revenue Law
The Skills Area
• Practical Legal Research
• Writing and Drafting
• Interviewing and Advising, and
The Electives: You will have the opportunity to study elective topics of your choice which you feel will be most applicable to your chosen speciality.
The Advocacy Module & Syllabus
The LPC has a strong emphasis on the oral communication skills required for courtroom advocacy and interviewing and offering advice to clients. The primary aims of the Advocacy programme are to:
1. Develop within the candidate the confidence in the techniques which will allow them to offer advice and problem solving strategies in a wide range of legal contexts.
2. To give the candidate the assurance in their presentation of a legal argument and the ability to question them.
3. To remind them of the importance of using plain English when advising clients.
These aims are to be delivered through the use of seminar presentations, mooting, debating and individual and group role play.
Exercise examples may include:
• Interviewing a client who has given you instructions
• Offering advice in non-technical language
• Offering criminal court applications such as bail hearings and pleas of mitigation
• Offering a civil court application in front of a district judge
• Practicing at tribunal hearings such as benefits or employment
The Advocacy course is highly dependent on your use of video recording to evaluate the oral and communication skills. Formal assessment will also be made through the same medium. Consequently, there are no past examination papers or worked sample questions for revision purposes as the assessment will not be made using these parameters.
Studying for the LPC
There are many educational providers around the UK who offer the LPC course, one of whom is BPP Learning. They offer a range of highly flexible full and part-time programmes at their study centres in London, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Cambridge. Fees for the course vary from £9,930 - £13,550 depending on the chosen location. The next programme will begin in September 2012.
The full-time programme has year duration and you may select from the following study options to best suit their work and life commitments:
• four weekdays from 09:00 – 18:00
• four weekdays from 09:00 – 13:15
• four weekdays from 13:30 – 18:00
• three weekdays from 09:00 – 18:00 plus online lectures
• two weekdays from 09:00 – 18:00 plus online lectures
The part-time models take a minimum of 18 months to complete and may be followed:
• two evenings per week from 18:00 – 20:00
• every other Saturday from 10:00 – 17:00
• one day per week, Monday or Friday, 9:00 – 13:15pm or 13:30 - 18:00
• Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 17:00 on every 3rd or 4th weekend (depending on location)