The LPC Course
The LPC (Legal Practice Course) is a postgraduate diploma in law designed to bridge the gap between your academic study and embarking on your practical training to become a solicitor. This diploma in legal practice, including the Commercial Law module, is the final stage of academic study. Following its completion, you will have to complete a two year long training contract before you are fully qualified to practice as a solicitor.
The course is made up of core practice areas of study and an additional three elective modules which can differ depending on the area(s) in which you intend to specialise, the availability of certain electives at the university you are studying and whether you are taking the LPC as full or part time course. The elective modules available to you vary between different institutes as courses are generally run according to demand.
Registering your interest for an elective module of study at the earliest possible date is advised. Alternatively, if you know which electives you wish to study beforehand, then apply to take your LPC course at a university that routinely supplies those modules. In the London area, there are currently a great number of educational facilities that run the LPC course including the London Metropolitan University, City University London, BPP and Kaplan Law School. LPC providers are also widely available all over the United Kingdom.
Vocational Elective - Commercial Law
Commercial Law is a subject offered at a variety of universities as a vocational elective module. This module will take a close look at the ways in which businesses make their money from their products.
The course begins with a look at the intellectual property rights which protect a commercial business such as:
• trademarks and passing offs
• copyright of designs
• confidentiality, and
• the exploitation of IPRs
The course will then move on to cover general commercial issues such as:
• the sale of goods
• competition law
• jurisdiction, and
• agency agreements
This Commercial Law module of study is also designed to develop your powers of negotiation and analytical skills. You will explore the ability required to critique a variety of contractual clauses from different legal perspectives simultaneously. Indeed, this module's syllabus will prove a valuable addition to your skills as a practicing lawyer in many areas of legal practice as it will then proceed to cover how a commercial business can sell and/or market its products with an agency, distribution or licensing agreement and will include EU and UK competition laws as they develop.
Legal Practice Course – Commercial Law Exam
Assessment for this module is achieved by means of a written examination. In some centres your oral skills may also be tested using video equipment. The exam will involve answering a number of questions from a scenario presented to you within the final paper and to help prepare. It's recommended that you take a number of past papers and practice papers to view the types of scenarios that are generally used. Examples of past papers for elective modules can usually be supplied by your LPC providers and are sometimes available to download from the internet.