About this course
LJMU's Legal Practice Course produces highly skilled, commercially aware and effective Trainee Solicitors, prepared for the demands of a Training Contract.
- Long running course with an established reputation
- Highly experienced team of tutors, including current practitioners
- Established links with the local legal profession, leading to job opportunities for graduates
- Commended pastoral support during your studies, personal tutors and subject tutors all offering an open door to deal with issues quickly and appropriately
- Flexible part-time study routes
- Generous funding scholarships available for home and overseas students
The School of Law is dedicated to enabling its students to become highly effective trainee solicitors through our well respected Legal Practice Course (LPC). As an LPC student, you will join an established professional legal network and continue your professional development with experts across a variety of legal fields. The opportunity to combine the study of legal practice to meet Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements with the creation of a dissertation reflecting extensive research into your chosen area of law will enhance your personal development and your chances of securing employment within a very competitive legal profession.
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 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.
The 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.
Our LPC has run since 1994 and more than 1100 of our graduates have embarked on successful careers within the legal profession. Many have joined our established employer network and keep in touch with us via Facebook. When you join our LPC you join an established community of legal professionals.
We provide extensive networking and work-placement opportunities, including enhanced work experience via our Solicitor Mentor Scheme and voluntary legal case work as part of the School of Law's Legal Advice Centre. The dissertation element of the course provides the opportunity to enhance your career prospects through acquiring vocationally relevant knowledge. It will enable you to make a significant and measurable contribution to the body of legal knowledge in your chosen subject.
“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, Graduate and Solicitor at Security Industry Authority
With an undergraduate degree in Geography from Edge Hill, Sinead studied for her Graduate Diploma in Law at LJMU and is now embarking on her Legal Practice Course.
“I chose LJMU becaus...
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.
The Rice-Jones Charitable Trust was set up by an individual who wanted to benefit postgraduate law students studying in the North-West of England. The lady’s late husband and her father were both lawyers. This has inspired her to help students who show academic promise and a commitment to the legal profession, yet who may not have the financial support to undertake their studies. The The Rice-Jones Charitable Trust is registered with the Charity Commission: charity 117189. View the full details.
The Rice-Jones Scholarship will be offered to applicants who have accepted a place to study on a postgraduate law course including, but not limited to, the Graduate Diploma in Law, the Legal Practice Course, the Bar Professional Training Course or the Masters in Law.
For all 2021/22 applications, each award will total between £250 and £1500 towards study expenses. Awards granted will depend on the applications received.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
The LPC is a prescribed stage in qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales. There are a very broad range of opportunities for employment within the legal profession. In 2018 there are over 142,000 practising solicitors and the Law Society Gazette currently has over 4800 vacancies listed.
Students often worry whether they will find a training contract which will enable them to complete their qualification. The good news for students at LJMU is that, outside of London, the greatest number of training contracts are offered in the North West.
It is also the case that the skills you develop and demonstrate during your LPC are transferable to many different roles. Nationally, LPC graduates have been recruited into various careers including: banking and finance, civil service, editorial roles, insurance, and management roles in industry and retail.
Modules you will study
The building blocks of your LPC LLM degree.
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. The core options (stage 1) are prescribed by the SRA and students are required to pass three elective option modules as part of the LPC.
Business, law and practice incorporating tax
You will develop a sound understanding of Business Law and Practice, in terms of primary source materials, constitutional documents and other relevant agreements
This module is designed to equip students for work in a solicitors' practice in the fields of civil and criminal litigation, and to identify the critical steps in the process of Page 2 of 3 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. You will work on oral legal skills including Advocacy, and written legal skills including drafting and writing. This will be in a variety of legal contexts, including Wills and Administration of Estates (Probate).
Professional conduct and regulation incorporating solicitors accounts
Enables you to identify and act in accordance with the core duties of professional conduct, professional ethics and the Solicitors' Accounts Rules.
Advanced criminal litigation law and practice
Develops and enhances your existing knowledge of procedure and practice obtained during the Criminal Litigation course completed in Stage 1.
Advanced personal injury law and practice
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 and practice
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 and practice
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 and practice
Prepares you for practice in family work to enable you to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills relevant to this area.
General commercial law and practice
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 and practice
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 and practice
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.
Students will study research methodologies during their LPC studies and submit a research proposal in March. They will focus on their dissertation once they have completed the LPC option examinations in June.
An insight into teaching on your course
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.
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.
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 will acquire a range of essential lawyers’ skills by carrying out realistic transaction-based tasks.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
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. The form of assessment for the LPC element of the course is prescribed by the SRA and must be supervised. This means that core and option subjects are largely assessed by open-book examinations. Skills are assessed by way of coursework for drafting, practical legal research and writing, or by live role play assessment for advocacy and interviewing and advising. The LLM assessment is in two parts. An initial 2000 word research proposal followed by a 10,000 word dissertation.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
A principal lecturer at LJMU's Law School, Fiona is the programme leader for the LPC. She is module leader for the Criminal Litigation module on the LPC and teaches Advocacy, Criminal Litigation, Family Law and Practice and Legal Research modules on the LPC. She also teaches Criminal Law, Family Law and Legal Research on the GDL and Independent Learning in Law, Family and Media Law on the LLB. Fiona formerly worked as criminal defence and family lawyer in Merseyside, Cheshire and the Thames Valley and as a consultant trainer with Merseyside Police, delivering training on courtroom skills and human rights. A member of Liverpool Law Society, Fiona has taught on the LPC since January 1995 and is proud to have contributed to the academic development of more than 1000 lawyers during her career to date at LJMU.
The School of Law offers a stimulating and rewarding environment for postgraduate study.
What you can expect from your School
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - and Liverpool Business School, making for a rich blend of student learning experiences. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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You will need:
- to have completed the academic stage of training as prescribed by the SRA. This is normally evidenced by the possession (actual or predicted) of a qualifying law degree or the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law
- a minimum second class honours average of at least 50% actual or predicted in the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law
- IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
- Pearson PTE Academic 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI purposes)
- RPL is not accepted on this course
- International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Contact International Admissions Team for more details
- International students entering on a Student visa cannot study par-time
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Closing date for 2021 applications: 15th August 2021
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
Factors considered regarding applications:
- Academic merit - normally evidenced by qualifications
- 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 this area for strong personal reasons
- Evidence of successful attendance and completion of courses in the past
- Evidence of motivation to be a Solicitor (e.g. prior or current relevant work experience and/or application for at training contract)
There are two application routes depending on the mode of study you choose:
full-time applications must be made via the central Applications Board. The deadline for full-time applications is Saturday 16 August 2020. The programme starts on Monday 7 September 2020.
part-time applications must be made through the LJMU online application form. The deadline for part-time applications is Friday 28 August 2020. The programme starts on Monday 7 September 2020.
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.