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Legal Practice Course (full-time)

Postgraduate students from the Faculty of Business and Law command an average salary of £44,186 (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2013/14)

Overview

Reasons to study a full-time Legal Practice Course at DMU:

This course, based on work-related skills training, is for those wishing to become solicitors. The Legal Practice Course (LPC) equips you with the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding of procedures and practice to embark effectively on the period of further training within a firm.

  • Attendance
    Only two days compulsory attendance per week. The nature of the course, makes it more flexible and enables you to meet other commitments
  • Pastoral Support
    Excellent pastoral care and support by staff
  • Careers and pro bono
    Access to a mentor, individual careers advice and guidance as well as opportunities for involvement in an extensive range of pro bono activities
  • Teaching
    Leicester De Montfort Law School boasts an excellent reputation for teaching quality.
  • Facilities
    Students are taught in the state-of-the-art £35 million Hugh Aston Building, complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room, an integrated law library and book shop.
  • Location
    Central UK location and attractive city centre campus
  • E-learning
    Additional online learning support provided via DMU’s Blackboard facility
  • Download a course brochure here

 

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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Legal Practice Course (part-time)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time. A two year, part-time option is also available. 

Location of study: Leicester Business School, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: £9,400. It is possible to pay the tuition fees by instalments.

These fees include all course materials. In addition, students have to pay a registration fee, currently £15 per annum, to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time

Location of study: Leicester Business School, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: £9,400. There is an additional administrative charge of £150 per annum for students who live overseas. It is possible to pay the tuition fees by instalments.

These fees include all course materials. In addition, students have to pay a registration fee, currently £15 per annum, to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Generally, you should have completed the academic stage of your training by obtaining either a qualifying law degree (a good honours degree) or the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL/CPE).

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires you to prove to us that you have a qualifying law degree or have met the CPE/GDL requirements. You need to do that before you start the LPC by providing us with a copy of your degree transcript or proof that you have successfully completed the GDL.

Character and suitability:

You will only be eligible to be admitted as a solicitor if you meet the SRA’s requirements relating to character and suitability. If you are worried that a matter may prevent you from qualifying as a solicitor, we strongly recommend that you ask them to assess any character and suitability issues before you start the LPC. If you have any concerns about this please refer to the SRA website.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Stage one

  • Foundation Course: An intensive, short introduction to the Additional Areas.
  • Core Areas: Business Law and Practice, Litigation (Criminal and Civil) and Property Law and Practice
  • Additional Areas: Professional Conduct and Regulation, Taxation, Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors’ Accounts
  • Course Skills: Advocacy, Interviewing, Writing, Drafting, Practical Legal Research

Stage two

Work-based electives: You choose three subjects from a range of commercial and private client electives, which include:

  • Child Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Private Client
  • Sport and Media Law

Teaching and assessment

  • Lectures are available to listen to online.
  • All face-to-face teaching takes place in small groups of around 16–18 students, where you will work on realistic practical exercises. 
  • All small group sessions are timetabled over two days a week. 
  • The Core Areas, Electives, Professional Conduct and Regulation, Solicitors’ Accounts and Wills and Administration of Estates are assessed by exam. All are open to book exams except Solicitors' Accounts.
  • You are also assessed in the course skills

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course of one year and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 40 hours a week to your studies. The course begins with a short foundation course (Monday - Wednesday) for the first two weeks and you will normally have around 28 contact hours of teaching.

Stage 1 - You will normally have 10 contact hours of teaching per week

Stage 2 - You will normally have 6 contact hours of teaching per week

Teaching is through a mix of online lectures and small group sessions.

You may also have some scheduled meetings with your personal tutor throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Facilities include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work and quiet study zones for individual work. 

The faculty has a large number of high-spec IT labs. The DMU bookshop stock a number of core text books and a range of background reading for your course, along with a variety of stationary.

The Oasis café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments. 

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate careers

The LPC is a course of work-based skills training for those wishing to become solicitors.

All students have access to our mentoring programme and can take part in pro bono activities offered.

DMU Open Evenings

Our next Open Evening takes place on Thursday 7 September 2016, book your place today. 

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Our prospectus will give you a clearer idea of what it's like to live and study at DMU and a snapshot of the courses we offer. If you wish to download the course specific brochure please click on the link above.

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How to apply

You must apply for the full-time LPC via the Central Applicaitions Board (CAB). This must be done online at lawcabs.ac.uk.

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We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.

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