About this program

Legal Practice

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) offers intensive, postgraduate-level study to those who wish to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales, under the current system. To become fully qualified after completion of the LPC, you will need to undertake a two-year training contract, which is a period of recognised work-based training.

This course is an intensive, highly interactive, skills-based course. Assessment is by examination, coursework and live skills assessment.

The LPC will ensure that you acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to prepare you for the start of the training contract. It will equip you to deal with the demands that are likely to be made of you in practice and lay the foundation for your future practice as a solicitor by encouraging habits of competence, confidence and professionalism.

Admission requirements

Suitable for graduates with a UK Qualifying law degree (usually a 2.2 or above) or with a non-law degree (usually a 2.2 or above) and the GDL/CPE. In addition, all LPC applicants must fall within the transitional arrangements set out at sra.org.uk/students/sqe/transitional-arrangements/. Subject to that, the following criteria will be taken into account:

  • academic record
  • the applicant’s personal statement
  • reference from the applicant’s referee
  • degree of commitment to the legal profession (shown, by example, by placements with solicitors’ firms or equivalent experience)
  • general work experience
  • reasons for wanting to study the LPC at Cardiff
  • date on which the application is received by Cardiff University
  • order of preference of institution and
  • any special personal reasons affecting ability to study elsewhere.

English Language Requirement:

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in all other subscores, or an acceptable equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please check the university website.


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Core modules for year one

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Solicitors' Accounts
  • Litigation
  • Advocacy
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Drafting
  • Writing
  • Property Law and Practice

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition

Full-Time tuition fees

  • UK students: £15,700
  • International students: £19,450

Part-Time tuition fees

  • UK students: £7,850
  • International students: £9,725

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Within the curriculum, you will develop your ability to undertake independent learning and team-working skills.Communication skills are developed in small groups, where you will be required to work collaboratively on problems and tasks. The emphasis on the course is on the application of legal knowledge to simulated factual situations, giving advice to the client and undertaking tasks according to the client’s instructions.

The LPC is a practical course and you need to analyse the facts to identify the relevant issues on which the client needs advice; identify the relevant law and procedure; apply the relevant law and procedure to the relevant facts and advise the client, clearly and fully, taking into account the rules of professional conduct and the commercial and business needs of the client.

Outside the curriculum you will have the opportunity to develop wider employability skills through participation in the school’s Law in Action pro-bono schemes run with partner organisations, in which student volunteers assist real people in their dealings with the law.Some examples of the schemes currently available to students include:

  • Law in Justice: the Innocence Project (dealing with alleged miscarriages of justice);
  • Law in Healthcare: the NHS Continuing Healthcare Scheme (helping families claim back care home fees that arguably should have been covered by the NHS);
  • Law in Sport: the Rugby Union Project (providing legal advice and legal newsletters to rugby clubs);
  • Law in Court: the Personal Support Unit (PSU) (offering practical support and assistance to people at court, in family and civil matters); and
  • Law in Mental Health: the Hafal Appropriate Adult Scheme (students are trained to support vulnerable adults being interviewed after having been arrested).

Other activities include mooting, negotiating and client interviewing competitions.

Career paths

After completion of the LPC, you will be able to undertake a training contract/period of recognised training, in preparation for qualification as a solicitor.

The LPC may also lead to legal work in some other capacity, e.g. paralegal, with the option of obtaining a training contract at a later date

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