Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £9,660
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £4,830 per annum
International full time annual tuition fee: £12,600

Course type

LPC

School

School of Law

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

The School of Law is dedicated to educating highly effective trainee solicitors through our well respected Legal Practice Course. As an LPC candidate, you will join an established professional legal network and continue your professional development with the experts across a variety of legal fields.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
  • Full-time applications must be made via the Central Applications Board. Part-time applications must be made through the LJMU online application form
  • Long established employer network offers extensive networking and work-placement opportunities, including Solicitor Mentor Scheme and voluntary legal case work as part of the School of Law's Legal Advice Centre
  • 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 was very well structured, the classes were engaging with patient and experienced tutors and the electives were varied

Harriott Edwards, LPC graduate

I loved the LPC at LJMU. The facilities in the Redmonds Building are first rate, and the course tutors were fantastic. Not only do they bring in-depth knowledge to the subjects, but also practical real-world experience. Highly recommended

Neil Diamond, LPC graduate and in-house solicitor at a Government agency

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.

Why study this course at LJMU?

The LPC at LJMU welcomes a diverse group of students and provides you with the opportunity to become a highly informed trainee solicitor, ready to cope with the demands and intricacies of the legal sector.

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 an LLB, GDL or LLM 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.

The support and the wide variety of training opportunities we offer are distinct to our institution, and are the most common aspects of the postgraduate student experience to be celebrated by our alumni.

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 weeks holiday at Christmas and two weeks at Easter/Spring Holiday.

Our highly regarded part-time route is often preferred by candidates who are currently in-work and would like to earn while they learn. It 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. For people based in Merseyside or wishing to relocate back to the area, we offer the only part-time LPC in the region. 

The future of LPC statement

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is proposing to change the route individuals must take to qualify as a solicitor.

The proposal is to create a new national assessment in two parts, covering elements of the current qualifying law degree (QLD) and the current Legal Practice Course (LPC). That assessment will be implemented nationally in 2020 and will stand alone; students will then have to decide how they will undertake the vast amount of learning required to pass the assessment. Higher Education Institutions and private providers are currently planning how they will develop learning programmes to support the new assessment. 

Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Law has over 25 years’ experience delivering academic and vocational courses in Law, making us ideally placed to deliver high quality learning opportunities aimed at meeting the new assessment criteria. However, such a significant change is bound to lead to a period of uncertainty as the brand new assessment is monitored by the legal profession.

The legal profession already recognises the worth of the PG Dip/LPC course we currently offer and continue to deliver. The vast majority of practising UK solicitors have completed the course in one form or another. They recognise its rigour and the excellent preparation it affords for a rewarding and varied career in law. We believe it will take some time for the profession to have confidence in the new assessment, both as a measure of competence and as a predictor of ability to do the job. 

We also believe that students who have the opportunity to qualify by taking the PG Dip/LPC course will be placed at an advantage when seeking employment within the legal profession.

As more details become known about the new national assessment framework and our academic response to supporting the new assessment, we will endeavour to update this page with further information.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

  • Business Law and Practice (including taxation and business accounts)

Develops a sound understanding of Business Law and Practice, in terms of primary source materials, constitutional documents and other relevant agreements

  • Litigation (criminal & civil)   

Equips you for work in a solicitors' practice in the fields of civil and criminal litigation, and identifies the critical steps in the process of litigation

  • Property Law and Practice

Prepares you for practice in property law in the context of domestic and commercial transactions and freehold and leasehold property

  • Combined Legal Skills and Probate

Provides opportunities for you to develop a thorough and critical understanding of the skills that underpin the practice of law at a professional level. This will be in a variety of legal contexts, including Wills and Administration of Estates (Probate)

  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (PCR)

Enables you to to identify and act in accordance with the core duties of professional conduct, professional ethics and the Solicitors' Accounts Rules

The following option modules are typically offered:

  • Advanced Criminal Litigation Law

Develops and enhances your existing knowledge of procedure and practice obtained during the Criminal Litigation course completed in Stage 1

  • Advanced Personal Injury Law

Provides the relevant knowledge, skills and procedure to deal with the main areas of personal injury practice including clinical negligence, disease, and fatal accident

  • Commercial Property Law

Prepares you for practice in understanding a commercial property transaction from site acquisition to letting and tenant default, by examining in detail the sequential series of steps in a commercial property transaction – excluding legal acquisition

  • Employment Law

Provides you with substantive knowledge and practical application in the foundation and operation of contracts of employment, employment protection rights, discrimination issues and commercial realities from both an employee's and employer's perspective

  • Family Law

Prepares you for practice in family work to enable you to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills relevant to this area

  • General Commercial Law

Develops a sound understanding of General Commercial  Law and Practice, in the context of Mergers and Acquisitions, using primary source materials, sale and purchase-related documents and other relevant agreements/documents

  • Housing Law

Covers the rights, responsibilities and remedies of residential tenants and their landlords, duties of local authorities and claims for possession against residential borrowers by secured lenders

  • Private Client Law

Introduces you to a range of matters you may encounter within a Private Client department, including: developing skills of fact analysis; identification of legal issues and client goals; research; problem solving and advising; presentational skills; planning and drafting of wills

 

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Our academic team have designed your assessed work around the needs of the legal profession to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development.

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 and 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.

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, MRes, MPhil or 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.


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All 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 in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.The Rice-Jones Scholarships

The Rice-Jones Scholarship ("the Scholarship") is open to any individual studying in the North-West of England who can demonstrate academic promise, commitment to the legal profession and financial need. It is expected that entrants will have accepted a place to study a postgraduate law course, including but not limited to the Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course or Masters in Law. Applicants should be intending to enrol on the course in the academic year following the year in which the application is made. The award can be from £1,000 to full course fees and maintenance provisions.

To apply for the Scholarship, please email apsadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk and request an application form and terms and conditions for the scholarship.

To be considered, applications must be received after Friday 1 September 2017 and before Tuesday 1 May 2018. We will contact you to let you know if you have been invited for interview. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 25 June 2018. Following your interview, we will let you know within two weeks if you have been successful. Any award would be made in respect of the 2018-19 academic year only.

PLEASE NOTE: LJMU does not administer the applications for these scholarships, therefore completed applications must be returned to: Jonathan Riley, Michelmores LLP, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WR or email an electronic copy to jonathan.riley@michelmores.com

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

We aim to produce professional LPC graduates adept at making informed decisions that support positive results for the legal sector.

This course provides a route into Masters study for LPC/BVC/BPTC qualified lawyers and to other members of the legal profession, including paralegals and legal executives.  It also opens up a number of exciting opportunities to work as a solicitor, a business owner or in other sector-related roles.

In keeping with LJMU’s commitment to employability, you will be able to participate in extra-curricular activities, such as Mooting and Negotiation competitions, which are enjoyable ways of enhancing your future employability.

Many LPC students have gained practical legal experience of case and client management through the School of Law's Legal Advice Centre, while studying. The School's pro bono service offers free-of-charge legal advice to Merseyside residents, LJMU students and staff in a range of legal areas - from Family, to Employment and Wills & Administration.  The School of Law also has a careers advisor dedicated to helping you secure employment, including training contracts. In the latest Destination of Leavers Survey (2016), 100% of LPC graduates told us that they were in a professional job within 6 months of finishing their studies.

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

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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