The Legal Practice Course (LPC) leads to the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC). It is the programme of study and assessment approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which you must complete if you want to qualify as a solicitor.
The LPC is a skills-based ‘learning by doing’ course that gives you the foundation to start a training contract in a law office. You will develop the skills of advocacy, interviewing, legal writing, drafting and research.
You will largely work in an interactive, small group setting that replicates the environment of the law office, the courtroom and the solicitor/client relationship. Some discretionary local authority funding and professional development loans may be available, and some law firms may offer sponsorship for this LPC course.
University of South Wales is a Top 50 Law School, according to Guardian League Tables, and prides itself on its excellent teaching and student support.
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Part time – Year One: Legal Practice Course
Part time - Year Two: Legal Practice Course
*Elective modules typically include Family Law and Practice, Employment Law and Practice, Commercial Property, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Litigation, Advanced Business and Corporate Law and Practice, Wills and Estate Planning, Advanced Criminal Litigation.
You will learn through briefing sessions and practice sessions, completing practical law file exercises and replicating real-life legal scenarios.
If you study full-time, you will attend approximately 16 hours of classes each week. Part-time students have approximately 8 hours of classes delivered on one day per week.
Outside these formal sessions, all students are expected to carry out preparatory work and research for file exercises.
In order to maximise the time devoted to practical exercises and provide optimum flexibility for personal study, the majority of briefing sessions are delivered on-line using Panopto software.
From first-rate facilities supported by the latest state-of-art software to opportunities to provide members of the public and businesses with legal advice in our specialist legal and financial advice clinic, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider studying the LPC at the University of South Wales.
Opportunities for you to put your knowledge into practice through our Legal and Financial Advice Clinic by providing advice, delivering client care and engaging with legal professionals.
You will be taught by leading experts who will use the latest innovative teaching tools and virtual learning environments to share their knowledge and expertise.
We go the extra mile to support graduate employability; you will be offered the opportunity to get involved in initiatives such as industry-led guest lectures and employability conferences.
The Law Research Group at the University of South Wales comprises staff with a wide range of academic and practice experience. Their research interests span diverse subject areas, including: constitutional law; criminal law; employment law; equality law; family law; intellectual property law; international human rights; legal education and media law. These interests are showcased in our monthly law blog.
You will be assessed by written examinations and practical skills assessments, which will include recorded role play in our moot courtroom and client interviewing room.
Your learning will be supported by state-of-the-art study facilities, including a courtroom fully equipped with the latest digital video facilities, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practise rooms. All activities are based on authentic scenarios, and research and preparation is assisted by the facilities in our modern technology suites.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
Please note that whilst this course does not require a DBS Check for entry, some professions will not consider candidates who have certain types of criminal convictions. Therefore, if you have a criminal conviction and you are considering a particular career path we would recommend that you check with the relevant professional body or refer to their recruitment policy to make sure that your conviction will not disadvantage you.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
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Students need to pay for any printing they may need.
The LPC is a requirement for qualification as a solicitor and develops the skills you will need on entering the profession.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.