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Legal Practice Course (part-time)

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Overview

Reasons to study a part-time Legal Practice Course at DMU:

This course, based on work-related skills training, is for those wishing to become solicitors. The Legal Practice Course (LPC) equips you with the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding of procedures and practice to embark effectively on the period of further training within a firm.

  • Attendance
    Suitable if you have work and/or family commitments as predominantly weekend study
  • Location
    Central UK location and attractive city centre campus
  • Pastoral support
    Excellent pastoral care and support by staff
  • Careers and pro bono
    Access to a mentor, individual careers advice and guidance as well as opportunities for involvement in an extensive range of pro bono activities
  • Teaching
    Leicester De Montfort Law School boasts an excellent reputation for teaching quality
  • Facilities
    Students are taught in the state-of-the-art £35 million Hugh Aston Building, complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and integrated law library
  • E-learning
    Integrated use of IT
  • Administrative support
    Comprehensive administrative support provided by CILEx Law School, one of the largest providers of open and distance learning legal courses in the UK

 

 

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is changing the way to qualify as a solicitor. For more information please read the information provided by the SRA here.


Download a course brochure here

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Legal Practice Course (full-time)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: M25098

Start date: September 2017

Duration: Two years part-time. A One year full-time option is available.

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: 

2018/19 entry: £10,250 over two years

There is an additional administrative charge of £150 per annum for students who live overseas.

These fees include all course materials. In addition, students have to pay a registration fee, currently £15 per annum, to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

It is possible to pay the tuition fees by instalments.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information contact CILEx Law School or call us on 01234844305.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: M25098

Start date: September 2017

Duration: Two years part-time. A One year full-time option is available.

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: 

2018/19 entry: £10,250 (over 2 years) Overseas Students.

There is an additional administrative charge of £150 per annum for students who live overseas.

There is an additional administrative charge of £150 per annum for students who live overseas.

These fees include all course materials. In addition, students have to pay a registration fee, currently £15 per annum, to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

It is possible to pay the tuition fees by instalments.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information contact CILEx Law School or call us on 01234844305.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Generally, you should have completed the academic stage of your training by obtaining either a qualifying law degree (a good honours degree) or the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL/CPE).

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires you to prove to us that you have a qualifying law degree or have met the CPE/GDL requirements. You need to do that before you start the LPC by providing us with a copy of your degree transcript or proof that you have successfully completed the GDL.

Character and suitability

You will only be eligible to be admitted as a solicitor if you meet the SRA’s requirements relating to character and suitability. If you are worried that a matter may prevent you from qualifying as a solicitor, we strongly recommend that you ask them to assess any character and suitability issues before you start the LPC. If you have any concerns about this please refer to the SRA website.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Stage one

  • Foundation Course: An intensive, short introduction to the Additional Areas.
  • Core Areas: Business Law and Practice, Litigation (Criminal and Civil) and Property Law and Practice
  • Additional Areas: Professional Conduct and Regulation, Taxation, Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors’ Accounts
  • Course Skills: Advocacy, Interviewing, Writing, Drafting, Practical Legal Research

Stage two

Work-based electives: You choose three subjects from a range of commercial and private client electives, which include:

  • Child Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Private Client

Teaching and assessment

  • Lectures are available to listen to online
  • All face-to-face teaching takes place in small groups of around 16–18 students, where you will work on realistic practical exercises
  • You will attend the university for face-to-face tuition for a 5 day foundation course at the start of the course and then for nine study weekends in the first year and eight study weekends in the second year
  • You will also have to attend the university to take exams
  • The Core Areas, Electives, Professional Conduct and Regulation, Solicitors’ Accounts and Wills and Administration of Estates are assessed by exam. All are open to book exams except Solicitors' Accounts
  • You are also assessed in the course skills

Teaching contact hours

This is a part-time course over two years so you should be prepared to devote approximately 40 hours per month to your studies.

The course will start with a short foundation course (Wednesday to Sunday) and you will typically have 24.5 contact hours of teaching during that period.

Year 1 - You will attend nine study weekends. You will normally have up to 10 contact hours of teaching at each study weekend.

Year 2 - You will attend eight study weekends. You will normally have up to 10 contact hours of teaching for the first three study weekends and then up to 12 contact hours for the remaining five study weekends.

Teaching is through a mix of on line lectures and small group sessions.

You may also have some scheduled meetings with your personal tutor throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

 

 

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Students benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

The Newarke café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate careers

The LPC is a course of work-based skills training for those wishing to become solicitors.

All students have access to our mentoring programme and can take part in pro bono activities offered.

DMU Open Evenings

Our next postgraduate open evening takes place on Wednesday 14 March 2018, 4pm - 6.30pm. Book your place today. 

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How to apply

For a brochure and application pack, please contact CILEx Law School, our partner in the marketing and admissions of this course. Alternatively you can complete the application form online on their website

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