The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is a postgraduate diploma in law. It is the final stage of academic study involved in the process that enables you as a law graduate to become a solicitor.
Usually taken after a law degree, this course enables you to build on your learning and add to this by a further study of strategic law and of the practical skills required by a solicitor in England and Wales.
There are four levels of study within the syllabus;
1. foundational subjects
2. compulsory subjects
3. optional subjects, and
4. practical skills
Practical skills will include legal research, interviewing and advising, writing, drafting, and advocacy.
LPC providers are located all across the UK and a quick conversation with our course advisors will help you determine what schools are near to you. The LPC is a necessary qualification in the process required to receive one's diploma in legal practice.
Criminal Law Module
Criminal law is a core practice area that is studied in stage one of the course. The study of criminal law and practice will be based mainly on case studies. It will include full coverage of the criminal process, from the time of arrest to the final disposal of the case. Topics looked into will include:
• how to advise a suspect within a police station
• detention procedures, and
• the role of the duty officer
You will be taught how to advise your client on applying for legal aid and bail. The syllabus will then move on to discuss finding out where the client's case is to be held and assessment of the prosecution and defence (including the use of the rules of evidence in line with regulatory framework).
You will then study the analysis of sentences available for suspects and the rules of professional conduct that will affect criminal practices and advocacy. Finally, you will explore the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 on criminal litigation and the impact of these.
LPC Exam – Criminal Law
Assessment of the syllabus will be by formal examination. Usually these are 'open book', meaning a set of documents will be presented to you about a week before the exam is due to take place. These will outline a case for you and you must study this in full. The paperwork is allowed into the examination room with you.
You may also take into the exam notes you have made either during class or as part of your own study. This must not include photocopied material from textbooks. The Solicitor's Code of Conduct and a basic electronic calculator can also be taken in the exam room.
Questions asked can involve long written answers, multiple choice questions and usually a combination of the two. This examination will also cover the skills of writing and drafting and additional oral skills may also be assessed using a video recording. All of the answers you provide must be written inside the examination papers themselves and not on your own paper.
You will also not be allowed to attach any of your own notes to the exam. The exam itself is three hours in duration. Only a combination of effective preparation and a thorough understanding of the syllabus will ensure that you are successful in your attempt to pass.