If you want to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the vocational stage of training that bridges the gap between academic studies and life in a law firm.
For 2017/18, we are offering the LPC as part of a Masters' degree – an LLM in Legal Practice which incorporates both Stages 1 and 2 of the LPC. The total cost of the LLM is £14,500 (£12,500 for the LPC, an additional £2,000 to progress to the LLM).
Westminster Law School has a well established reputation for the delivery of solicitors' vocational training and our LLM in Legal Practice (incorporating the LPC) equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful 21st-century lawyer.
Distinctive features of the course include:
- Highly experienced and approachable lecturers who are all qualified solicitors or barristers.
- Small, interactive group work, allowing you to benefit from individual guidance and help.
- All sessions are set within a balanced timetable to replicate the tasks undertaken in practice.
- A broad range of Stage 2 electives, reflecting areas of practice from high-street to city firms.
- The opportunity to undertake real client legal work under the supervision of tutors working in the Student Law Centre. Currently students can choose to specialise in one of three streams of work: judicial review, family or property. The focus is on experiential learning through reflection, analysis and planning.
- A mentoring scheme which pairs you with mentors working in an area you are interested in. Our mentors are predominantly ex. LPC Westminster students.
The course is taught at Westminster Law School's newly refurbished state-of-the-art premises in the heart of London's West End and within the vicinity of many law firms.
LPC Stage 1
- Core Practice Areas of Business Law and Practice, Criminal and Civil Litigation and Property Law and Practice
- Professional Conduct and Regulation, Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors Accounts and Taxation
- Skills – Practical Legal Research, Interviewing and Advising, Writing, Drafting and Advocacy
LPC Stage 2: electives subjects
Private client electives
- Family Law
- International Family Law
- Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
- Immigration Law
- Housing Law
- Employment Law
- Clinical Elective (via the Student Law Centre)
- Commercial Litigation
- Private Acquisitions
- Entertainment and Media
- Commercial Property
- Commercial Law
- Internet and Social Media
LLM in Legal Practice: Dissertation and Research Modules
- Social Research Methods
- 8000 word Legal Practice dissertation
Westminster's LPC assessments meet SRA expectations. They are designed to be realistic and constructive by genuinely testing you and enabling you to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills through a mixture of written examinations and practical exercises. Assessment takes place throughout Stage 1 of the LPC and at the end of Stage 2 electives. Generally the assessments are 'open book' and you are allowed to use both textbooks and your own written notes. You are timetabled to allow sufficient revision and preparation time for examinations and assessments.
To complete the Legal Practice LLM you will have to attend the 20 credits Social Research Methods: Principles and Practice module, which requires the formulation of a research question of relevance to legal practice to be addressed in the dissertation and accompanying methodology as approved by the module leaders/Dissertation Supervisor. The 40 credits Legal Practice Dissertation module requires the submission of a dissertation of approximately 8,000 words. Assessment is entirely based on submission of this dissertation and you must attain a mark of 50% in order to pass the dissertation.
We offer a 15% discount on our full- and part-time Masters courses to students who hold an undergraduate degree from the University of Westminster.
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Last updated November 10, 2017