Course fees

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £9,000
Home cost per credit: £4,500 part-time tuition fee
International full time annual tuition fee: £11,350

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Course type

LPC

Legal Practice Certificate

School

School of Law

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

The School of Law produces internationally recognised research, and is dedicated to educating highly effective trainee solicitors.  Join an established professional legal network and continue your professional development with the experts.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
  • Long established employer network offers extensive networking and work-placement opportunities, including Solicitor Mentor Scheme
  • Course emphasises the development of essential lawyers’ skills
  • High levels of student support
  • Pre-requisite to qualification as a solicitor allowing you to pursue a training contract with the legal profession

The LPC is an enjoyable and challenging course and an exceptional opportunity not to be missed. You study on a very practical basis and learn by doing. You will get a taste as to what it is actually like to work in practice on a daily basis. The standard of teaching is extremely high with all the students having strong working relationships with the dedicated and helpful staff.

Kelly McPolin and Kerry Doran, recent graduates

Introduction to the School

The School of Law offers a range of opportunities for you to play an active part in an evolving, dynamic, and engaging postgraduate culture.

The School has a long-standing reputation for providing professional, practitioner, and work-related learning opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike.

The School's academic team are a mixture of research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services, and internationally established leading experts in their field. 

Through its portfolio of postgraduate courses and the enthusiastic support and guidance of a dynamic and dedicated staff group, the School offers a stimulating and rewarding environment for postgraduate study, where work related skills development is seen as a priority.

Research excellence

In the 2014 REF, research submitted by LJMU’s School of Law was ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 universities, with over 97% of its work either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent.  

This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

Programme outline and structure

The Legal Practice Certificate programme produces highly skilled, commercially aware and effective Trainee Solicitors, who are prepared for the rigours and demands of a Training Contract.

We are fully committed to the provision of professional legal education and believe that our experience in this area allows us to understand the particular demands this course places on you. We also believe that we have effective systems in place to provide good support mechanisms.

Considerable emphasis is placed on practice and you will acquire a range of essential lawyers’ skills by carrying out realistic transaction-based tasks. Part of the programme will also involve taking part in role-plays, simulations, case studies and electronically recorded exercises and assessments.

The course does not follow the standard University calendar and runs from the beginning of September until June with only two week's holdiay at Christmas and two week's vacation at Easter/Spring Holiday.

The part-time course is offered in day release or evening modes. You will attend all day Tuesday in year 1 and all day Wednesday in year 2, or Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in both years.

A diverse group of students 

The age, background, life and work experience of our students varies considerably and we believe that this diversity adds a richness and interest to our LPC and gives it a particular flavour of its own.

Our full-time students primarily come straight from a LLB or GDL and do not necessarily have any practical experience beyond work placements. However, they do get a chance to join the Solicitor Mentor Scheme and there is excellent careers advice available. Some of our LPC students combine a part time LPC with a part-time training contract. Others are Legal executives or Magistrates Courts Clerks with years of experience and who are not required to undertake a training contract at all. 



An expert academic team

Staff are a mixture of full and part-time members of the academic staff of the School. They are qualified practitioners and run the course with support and assistance from local practitioners and occasional guest speakers.

Teaching staff are approachable, enthusiastic and committed to both full-time and part-time provision. Staff strive to be available to give help, give feedback and support. All teaching staff maintain their links with the legal profession in a number of ways including consultancies and placements, sitting on local law society committees, writing for the legal periodicals etc.

They also regularly update their knowledge by attending and/or delivering CPD courses and conferences. A number of the part-time staff remain in practice on a part-time basis.

Support and advice

One of the considerable strengths of the course is the range of support available. The course is very demanding and the workload is high with a focus on student-centred learning. You are expected to take responsibility for your own learning and attend sessions fully prepared.

Much of the course is taught through small group skills-based teaching (maximum group size 20), supplemented with large group sessions, directed reading and self-study exercises and preparation. Considerable emphasis is placed on practice an you acquire a range of essential Lawyers’ Skills by carrying out realistic transaction based tasks. You are required to take part in role-plays, simulations, case studies and electronically recorded exercises and assessments.


Modules, core and optional

The Legal Practice Course consists of two stages.

Stage 1 runs from September to March and Stage 2 runs from March to June. 

Stage 1

During stage 1 you can expect to study the following elements:

  • Litigation (Criminal & Civil)
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Business Law and Practice (including Taxation and Business Accounts)
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (PCR)
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Practical Legal Research (PLR)
  • Writing
  • Drafting
  • Advocacy
  • Solicitors’ Accounts


Stage 2

You will need to complete and pass 3 vocational electives in order to complete this stage. LJMU offers the following 8 vocational electives:

  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • General Commercial Law
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Private Client
  • Client in the Community
  • Advanced PI

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the Compulsory and Elective Subjects

Assessment of both Stage 1 and Stage 2 subjects is by supervised assessments. Assessment in Stage 1 take place in February/March and Stage 2 examinations in May and June, for both full-time and part-time study routes.

Open Book examinations

All examinations (except Solicitors’ Accounts) are open book with designated materials and manuals being permitted in examinations.

Skills Assessment

Course Skills are separately assessed in exercises throughout the course. In the case of the oral skills of interviewing and advising and advocacy, these assessments are recorded. We provide plenty of opportunity for students to practice these oral skills on DVD before the assessment.

Staff research interests

Staff carry out research in two different fields: Law and Criminal Justice.

Research in Law includes the following areas:

  • corporate governance
  • banking and finance
  • global finance law
  • financial services and financial crime
  • obligations
  • media law
  • comparative private/public law
  • EU law
  • international law
  • commercial law
  • ADR
  • sports law
  • German public law
  • Italian public law
  • medical ethics
  • bioethics
  • legal theory
  • human rights
  • criminal law
  • terrorism
  • police powers
  • trans-national crime
  • family law
  • law and religion
  • legal history

Research in Criminal Justice includes the following areas:

  • organisation and governance of the National Probation Service and HM Prison Service
  • community penalties
  • surveillance and social control
  • multi-agency approach to crime prevention
  • international politics of crime control
  • application of criminological theories to practice
  • justice in England and Wales
  • youth Justice bail service
  • crimes of the powerful (including corporate crime and state crime)
  • sentencing policy and practice
  • criminal justice policy and relationship between policy and research
  • relationships between the police and the public
  • sex offenders
  • drug users
  • effectiveness in probation intervention
  • mentally disordered offenders

Entry requirements (Home)

Academic merit normally evidenced by the possession, actual or predicted of a qualifying law degree or the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law.

Normally a minimum second class honours or an average of at least 50% actual or predicted in the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law.

The factors which are taken into account when making decisions on individual applications are:

  • Academic merit normally evidenced by the possession, actual or predicted of a qualifying law degree or the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law
  • References - In the case of applicants who have taken or passed the examinations of the Institute of Legal Executives particular attention is given to academic references
  • The need to study in the area for strong personal reasons
  • Evidence of successful attendance and completion of courses in the past
  • Evidence of motivation to be a Solicitor (significant evidence of which may be provided by, among other things, prior or current relevant work experience, and/or application for at training contract, but may be provided in other ways)
  • As between applicants who are equally qualified in accordance with the paragraphs above, LJMU may give preference to those who are or have been students of LJMU
  • In all cases the admissisons process will comply with LJMU’s equal opportunities policy, which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation and disability.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. 

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

You will be informed on application whether an interview will be required

IELTS

6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Pearson

58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

Scholarships for taught masters students

LJMU will be awarding over 100 scholarships worth £10,000 each to students starting a taught Masters degree in September 2015 and January 2016. The funding is part of the government match-funded Postgraduate Support Scheme and is a fantastic opportunity to secure a Masters qualification in any discipline without added financial worry. You will have to pass certain eligibility criteria in order to be considered for one of these generous scholarships. For example, you must: 

  • be a UK or EU resident
  • have been paying the higher undergraduate tuition fee since 2012
  • want to start a full-time Masters degree (MA, MSc, MREs) in September 2015 or January 2016

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). 

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.


Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.


Graduate employment

The Legal Practice Course is a pre-requisite to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales. Once you have completed your LPC you will be required to complete a training contract working within the legal profession. The training contract period is for two years although it can be reduced by up to six months if you have suitable and relevant previous legal experience

As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.

LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.

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