Postgraduate Diploma in Law
The Postgraduate Diploma in Law, more commonly referred to as the LPC Course is a one year vocational course. You should take this course if you wish to become a solicitor in England and Wales.
If you have a degree in law, you can begin your LPC course the following September. However, if you have read a different subject at university then you are required to complete the Diploma in Legal Practice before you begin the LPC. The course can be studied as a full or part time option, with the latter taking two years to complete instead of one. The course is overseen by the Law Society of England and Wales and applications are made in the autumn prior to it starting through the Central Applications Board.
Conveyancing & Property Law Module
The Property Law module is one of the compulsory stage one parts of the LPC course which all students must sit. If you wish to focus on this particular area during your career, it is possible to do additional property law training by choosing an advanced property module as one of your stage two electives.
The syllabus for the Conveyancing exam covers freehold and leasehold property, and you will look at:
• what steps you must take when acting on behalf of a buyer or seller during an acquisition or sale of a property
• what steps you must take when acting as a landlord or a tenant in a commercial lease scenario
• key clauses in any commercial leases
• how to buy and sell leases, alterations, repairs and service charge
• security of tenure
• how any such security might be excluded
• planning law
• VAT on property transactions
• how to finance property transactions, and
• how to recover leased premises
This Conveyancing & Property Law course will typically be taught by way of you working through case studies.
As this is a core module, you will be assessed using examinations that will also assess the skills of writing and drafting. Your assessment may also include oral skills of advocacy which will generally take the form of a videoed presentation. The exam will be a minimum of three hours in length, although this may be split into two sessions. However, the form of assessment does vary between institutions, so you will need to contact individual training centres for details of their assessment policy.
All providers of the LPC in the UK for the Conveyancing and Property Law course must be accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. There are two main types of course providers; universities and specialist legal training companies such as BPP or The College of Law.
Legal Practice Courses run by either type of institution will be of a similar standard, although the specialist providers are more likely to run the accelerated seven month courses, whereas universities offer much larger facilities for students such as libraries. The Solicitors Regulation Authority course list also shows what type of course is available at each training provider, as well as their contact details.