Legal Practice PgDip

Law student studying in class
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2018/19 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £10,900 per course
  • International students: £10,900 per course
Course start October

To apply:

All Full-time LPC applications are administered by Lawcabs.

You will need to register with the Central Applications Board or email:

Any questions, please contact the LPC Course Administrator

Course outline

Full Time Blended Learning Mode

  • This 1 year full time course combines on-line learning sessions and face to face teaching. Attendance at Staffordshire University will be required for the Foundation course (5 days) and two additional Face to Face teaching courses (4 days each) (dates to be confirmed shortly).

  • The full time Blended Learning course is extremely intensive and you need to make sure that you can commit an average of 32 hours study each week; this mode of study is not therefore suitable for those who also have a full time job.

The LPC is the postgraduate stage on the route to becoming a solicitor and represents a practical training for the solicitors' profession, where students learn how to put law into practice.  Most students study the LPC after completing the academic stage of training by means of passing a law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). 

You will need to have a Qualifying Law Degree or have met CPE/GDL requirements before you start the Legal Practice Course.

Course content

In common with all UK institutions, as part of our LPC you will study:

Core Practice Areas:

  • Property Law and Practice - Study all elements of a property transaction including the searches and enquiries, exchange of contracts, pre and post completion as well as leasehold and new developments.
  • Litigation - Study Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Criminal Law and Practice, including detailed case analysis, varied and appropriate courses of action and appropriate funding and detailed procedure.
  • Business Law and Practice - Learn how to draft and interpret business accounts. Consider tax issues and advise on appropriate business organisations and common transactions.

Five Specified legal skills:

  1. Writing Skills - Study the appropriate use of media, writing style and content
  2. Drafting Skills - Learn how to draft, amend and edit documents, and explain documents to clients and other parties.
  3. Advocacy - Study case analysis, preparation and develop excellent oral presentations in a litigation context.
  4. Interviewing Skills - Learn how to conduct client interviews to obtain instructions, advise on the law and write to confirm your advice.
  5. Practical Legal Research - Identifying the legal and practical considerations and advising on the law using up to date online legal resources used by legal practitioners.

Pervasive areas of Professional Conduct and Regulation - Study the Code of Conduct dealing with realistic scenarios based on real issues which arise.

Wills and Administration of Estates - An introduction to will drafting and the administration of estates

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts, transfer between office and client accounts and between two client accounts.

Electives include:

Choose three electives from the following:

  • Corporate and Commercial Client
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Criminal Practice
  • Advanced Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Private Client

Optional top up LLM in Legal Practice which provides an insight into the topical issues in legal practices, both nationally and internationally.

Entry requirements

To study the LPC, you must have completed the academic stage of training as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Students need to have achieved a qualifying law degree or passed the CPE/GDL conversion course and therefore have studied the Foundations of Legal Knowledge; or have a CILEX qualification.

For enquiries in relation to your qualifications and their ability to satisfy the academic stage, contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority, telephone 0870 606 2555

To apply:

All Full-time LPC applications are administered by Lawcabs.

You will need to register with the Central Applications Board or email:   

Any questions, please contact the LPC Course Administrator


All assessments are designed around legal practice and client-based case scenarios in order to emulate legal practice as far as possible. No dissertations or portfolios of work are required. Most assessments are 'open book' to reflect legal practice rather than a memory test.

Employment opportunities

In the current market, we provide ongoing careers advice to enable you to make the most of the opportunities available.

We have longstanding links with both national and local practices which enable us to advise you on a range of options. You may start your LPC with a training contract, or find one during the year you are with us. Students also find that the skills and experience gained during the LPC enables them to work as paralegals until the start of their training contract.

Our dedicated careers tutor for LPC students, well supported careers department and fantastic on line resources continue to be available to you with careers advice, support and guidance  even after you have left us.

Student experience

"The Legal Practice Course opened my eyes to a lot. Doing the LLB – the Bachelor of Law degree – you have an idea of how things run, but it’s more theoretical. The Legal Practice Course makes it a lot more practical. We fill out forms, role play, act like we’re in court, dress the part and act the part. Being a practicing attorney at law, it has helped me a lot. It allowed me to apply my knowledge so that I can get ahead and it has contributed largely to my success at the moment."

Victrina Cuffie, Legal Practice Blended Learning PGDip 2016

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