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Legal Practice

PgDip

Careers Support

Career guidance, tailored to the legal profession, and job opportunities are offered direct from employers to students

Brilliant and Friendly

The teaching team are all practitioner professionals from law or other professional service disciplines

Flexibility

The blended learning course is offered part time and full time, is flexible and responsive to learner’s lifestyles

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, September start
Choose another study option
Duration:
1 Year
Start date:
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The LPC is the vocational stage of the route to qualifying as a solicitor and prepares students through practical assessment for the legal profession. Students learn how to apply academic aspects of law into real life scenarios. 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).

The Legal Practice Course prepares students for the next stage of vocational training, the training contract. Many students go on to secure training contracts locally and further afield.

It is delivered in different ways to meet the needs of students. You can study the Legal Practice Course full-time, part-time, on campus, or blended learning. 

All Full-time LPC applications are administered by Lawcabs. You will need to register with the Central Applications Board or email: applications@lawcabs.ac.uk

Any questions, please contact the LPC Course Administrator

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PgDip Legal Practice

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PgDip Legal Practice

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PgDip Legal Practice

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PgDip Legal Practice

Part-time study

The Legal Practice Course is delivered flexibly to meet the differing needs of students and can be studied full-time on campus or via blended learning across one year, or part-time on campus or blended learning over two years.

Students studying part-time on campus typically attend lectures and workshops on one day per week.

 

Blended learning

The blended learning version of the course allows greater flexibility of study for students who can study at their own pace, in their own time, anywhere in the world. To ensure we fully support all learners, this version of the course combines face to face sessions with online delivery of taught material. There are three intensive face-to-face block sessions – all three are delivered at our Stoke-on-Trent campus, with the option for our International students to attend the second week-long session in Trinidad and the third session via virtual attendance (i.e. video conferencing, online discussions).   

Students can choose between full time (one year) and part time (two years) study.

Part-time study

The Legal Practice Course is delivered flexibly to meet the differing needs of students and can be studied full-time on campus or via blended learning across one year, or part-time on campus or blended learning over two years.

Students studying part-time on campus typically attend lectures and workshops on one day per week.

 

Blended learning

The blended learning version of the course allows greater flexibility of study for students who can study at their own pace, in their own time, anywhere in the world. To ensure we fully support all learners, this version of the course combines face to face sessions with online delivery of taught material. There are three intensive face-to-face block sessions – all three are delivered at our Stoke-on-Trent campus, with the option for our International students to attend the second week-long session in Trinidad and the third session via virtual attendance (i.e. video conferencing, online discussions).   

Students can choose between full time (one year) and part time (two years) study.

Part-time study

The Legal Practice Course is delivered flexibly to meet the differing needs of students and can be studied full-time on campus or via blended learning across one year, or part-time on campus or blended learning over two years.

Students studying part-time on campus typically attend lectures and workshops on one day per week.

 

Blended learning

The blended learning version of the course allows greater flexibility of study for students who can study at their own pace, in their own time, anywhere in the world. To ensure we fully support all learners, this version of the course combines face to face sessions with online delivery of taught material. There are three intensive face-to-face block sessions – all three are delivered at our Stoke-on-Trent campus, with the option for our International students to attend the second week-long session in Trinidad and the third session via virtual attendance (i.e. video conferencing, online discussions).   

Students can choose between full time (one year) and part time (two years) study.

Part-time study

The Legal Practice Course is delivered flexibly to meet the differing needs of students and can be studied full-time on campus or via blended learning across one year, or part-time on campus or blended learning over two years.

Students studying part-time on campus typically attend lectures and workshops on one day per week.

 

Blended learning

The blended learning version of the course allows greater flexibility of study for students who can study at their own pace, in their own time, anywhere in the world. To ensure we fully support all learners, this version of the course combines face to face sessions with online delivery of taught material. There are three intensive face-to-face block sessions – all three are delivered at our Stoke-on-Trent campus, with the option for our International students to attend the second week-long session in Trinidad and the third session via virtual attendance (i.e. video conferencing, online discussions).   

Students can choose between full time (one year) and part time (two years) study.

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 legal documents, and explain implications 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 issues which arise in practice.

Wills and Administration of Estates - Students will learn about the key components of Probate practice and be able to prepare a valid will.

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how Solicitors deal with their own accounts and client monies with reference to the Solicitors' accounts rules.

Electives include:

Choose three electives from the following:

  • Corporate and Commercial Client
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Criminal Practice
  • Private Client

Optional top up LLM in Legal Practice which provides an opportunity for students to explore at Masters level a bespoke area of legal practice.

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 legal documents, and explain implications 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 issues which arise in practice.

Wills and Administration of Estates - Students will learn about the key components of Probate practice and be able to prepare a valid will.

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how Solicitors deal with their own accounts and client monies with reference to the Solicitors' accounts rules.

Electives include:

Choose three electives from the following:

  • Corporate and Commercial Client
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Criminal Practice
  • Private Client

Optional top up LLM in Legal Practice which provides an opportunity for students to explore at Masters level a bespoke area of legal practice.

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 legal documents, and explain implications 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 issues which arise in practice.

Wills and Administration of Estates - Students will learn about the key components of Probate practice and be able to prepare a valid will.

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how Solicitors deal with their own accounts and client monies with reference to the Solicitors' accounts rules.

Electives include:

Choose three electives from the following:

  • Corporate and Commercial Client
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Criminal Practice
  • Private Client

Optional top up LLM in Legal Practice which provides an opportunity for students to explore at Masters level a bespoke area of legal practice.

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 legal documents, and explain implications 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 issues which arise in practice.

Wills and Administration of Estates - Students will learn about the key components of Probate practice and be able to prepare a valid will.

Solicitors' Accounts Rules - Learn how Solicitors deal with their own accounts and client monies with reference to the Solicitors' accounts rules.

Electives include:

Choose three electives from the following:

  • Corporate and Commercial Client
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Advanced Criminal Practice
  • Private Client

Optional top up LLM in Legal Practice which provides an opportunity for students to explore at Masters level a bespoke area of legal practice.

Academic year

The one-year full time course can be studied by attending two full days a week on campus; our part-time students typically attend campus on one full day a week across the two years.

The blended learning routes combine online learning sessions, activities, discussion groups, webinars and video calls.There are three intensive face-to-face block sessions delivered at our Stoke-on-Trent campus, with the option for our International students to attend the second week-long session in Trinidad and the third session via virtual attendance (i.e. video conferencing, online discussions).   

Students on the full-time blended learning course are expected to commit an average of 32 hours study each week; students on the part-time blended learning course are expected to commit an average of 16 hours study each week.

On successful completion, students are awarded the equivalent of 120 level 7 credits.

The one-year full time course can be studied by attending two full days a week on campus; our part-time students typically attend campus on one full day a week across the two years.

The blended learning routes combine online learning sessions, activities, discussion groups, webinars and video calls.There are three intensive face-to-face block sessions delivered at our Stoke-on-Trent campus, with the option for our International students to attend the second week-long session in Trinidad and the third session via virtual attendance (i.e. video conferencing, online discussions).   

Students on the full-time blended learning course are expected to commit an average of 32 hours study each week; students on the part-time blended learning course are expected to commit an average of 16 hours study each week.

On successful completion, students are awarded the equivalent of 120 level 7 credits.

The one-year full time course can be studied by attending two full days a week on campus; our part-time students typically attend campus on one full day a week across the two years.

The blended learning routes combine online learning sessions, activities, discussion groups, webinars and video calls.There are three intensive face-to-face block sessions delivered at our Stoke-on-Trent campus, with the option for our International students to attend the second week-long session in Trinidad and the third session via virtual attendance (i.e. video conferencing, online discussions).   

Students on the full-time blended learning course are expected to commit an average of 32 hours study each week; students on the part-time blended learning course are expected to commit an average of 16 hours study each week.

On successful completion, students are awarded the equivalent of 120 level 7 credits.

The one-year full time course can be studied by attending two full days a week on campus; our part-time students typically attend campus on one full day a week across the two years.

The blended learning routes combine online learning sessions, activities, discussion groups, webinars and video calls.There are three intensive face-to-face block sessions delivered at our Stoke-on-Trent campus, with the option for our International students to attend the second week-long session in Trinidad and the third session via virtual attendance (i.e. video conferencing, online discussions).   

Students on the full-time blended learning course are expected to commit an average of 32 hours study each week; students on the part-time blended learning course are expected to commit an average of 16 hours study each week.

On successful completion, students are awarded the equivalent of 120 level 7 credits.

Professional body accreditation

The qualifying law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

This course is recognised and validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and will enable students to apply for training contracts with law firms and eventually progress to admission to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.

Professional body accreditation

The qualifying law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

This course is recognised and validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and will enable students to apply for training contracts with law firms and eventually progress to admission to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.

A Qualifying Law Degree as defined by the SRA (Solicitors Regulatory Authority).

All Full-time LPC applications are administered by Lawcabs. You will need to register with the Central Applications Board or email: applications@lawcabs.ac.uk

Any questions, please contact the LPC Course Administrator

A Qualifying Law Degree as defined by the SRA (Solicitors Regulatory Authority).

A Qualifying Law Degree as defined by the SRA (Solicitors Regulatory Authority).

All Full-time LPC applications are administered by Lawcabs. You will need to register with the Central Applications Board or email: applications@lawcabs.ac.uk

Any questions, please contact the LPC Course Administrator

A Qualifying Law Degree as defined by the SRA (Solicitors Regulatory Authority).

Facilities

Careers

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 your time with us. Students also find that the skills and experience gained during the LPC enables them to work more effectively 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.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, but we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills. 

 For this course, you’ll: 

  • Work with others on group work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently 

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are. 

If you take the LLM in legal practice, we’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your dissertation. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, but we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills. 

 For this course, you’ll: 

  • Work with others on group work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently 

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are. 

If you take the LLM in legal practice, we’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your dissertation. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, but we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills. 

 For this course, you’ll: 

  • Work with others on group work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently 

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are. 

If you take the LLM in legal practice, we’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your dissertation. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, but we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills. 

 For this course, you’ll: 

  • Work with others on group work 
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently 

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are. 

If you take the LLM in legal practice, we’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your dissertation. 

Assessment

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.

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.

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.

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.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress and to improve. Formal feedback will be given for each assessment you submit but you will also receive formative feedback throughout the course.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress and to improve. Formal feedback will be given for each assessment you submit but you will also receive formative feedback throughout the course.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress and to improve. Formal feedback will be given for each assessment you submit but you will also receive formative feedback throughout the course.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress and to improve. Formal feedback will be given for each assessment you submit but you will also receive formative feedback throughout the course.

Staff

You will be taught by professionally qualified staff, including solicitors and barristers. 

Paul Allen
Paul AllenCourse Leader for the Legal Practice Course

I joined Staffordshire University’s Law School in 2015 and currently lecture on the Legal Practice Course, specialising in Property Law and Practice, Drafting skills, Solicitor’s Accounts and Family Law and Practice. In addition to lecturing full time I am a qualified solicitor and mediator.

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Anna Garland
Anna GarlandCourse Leader - accelerated Law

I studied English at the University of Cambridge before deciding to pursue a career in Law. I was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994 and practised as a Barrister specialising in Family and Criminal Law. I am a qualified and experienced teacher in both maintained schools and the Higher Education sector.

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£5,450 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£5,450 per year of study

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£5,450 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£5,450 per year of study

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

Apply

Applications are not currently available for this course.

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

26/06/2019 03:52:22 / Legal Practice / Full-time, September start / 8.0 / 20.0 / SSTK-01276 / Direct link

26/06/2019 03:52:22 / Legal Practice / Part-time, blended learning / 4.0 / 20.0 / SSTK-08116 / Direct link

26/06/2019 03:52:22 / Legal Practice / Full-time, blended learning / 3.0 / 20.0 / SSTK-03503 / Direct link

26/06/2019 03:52:22 / Legal Practice / Part-time, September start / 7.0 / 20.0 / SSTK-07866 / Direct link