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Legal Practice Course/LLM in Legal Practice (LPC/LLM)

Do you want to become a solicitor? Our LPC/LLM is designed to equip you with the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding of procedures and practice to begin further training within the legal profession.

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Overview

Please note, this course may reach its maximum capacity prior to the course start date. Offers will be made until the course is full. We therefore encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

Subsequent applications will be placed on a waiting list in order of when they are received and an offer made if a place is declined by another applicant and on the basis of our entry criteria.

Approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, our LPC/LLM is based on work-related skills training to enable you to progress in your legal career. Throughout the course, you will strengthen your legal skills with the addition of negotiation and mediation sessions, all key skills for future lawyers. 

If you would like to study for an LLM in Legal Practice, you will undertake an additional dissertation module during your third term. You will also need to apply using programme code M25099.  

Successful completion of all elements of the LLM in Legal Practice will result in the award of a master’s degree – an internationally recognised qualification.

Key features

  • This course will attract government postgraduate loan funding if you are eligible.
  • The full-time course is taught over two days, providing flexibility with your studies so you can meet other commitments. 

  • Benefit from excellent pastoral care and support by staff, who can provide you with individual careers guidance and mentor you on your journey.  

  • Gain practical experience by getting involved with our pro bono activities.  

  • Leicester De Montfort Law School boasts an excellent reputation for teaching quality and you will learn from experienced solicitors and barristers. 

  • You will be taught in our purpose-built Hugh Aston building, which is home to our mock courtroom, client-interviewing room and integrated law library.  

  • Additional online learning support is provided via DMU’s Blackboard facility. 

  • You will also benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library. 

  • We are also expanding this building, meaning you will be able to benefit from new classrooms which are built to make studies more comfortable. As part of this you will be able to benefit from the new Student Advice Centre (SAC) with appointment/private meeting rooms, allowing you to discuss any queries you may have in a more confidential nature. 

“The flexibility of the course was great for me. I was at the university two days a week for my small group sessions and then I could watch the lectures online as many times as I wanted to in my own time. Being given this flexibility allowed me to gain some really great experience as a court clerk in a Family Court, which actually led to me meeting my training contract principal. 

“Having now been on a training contract for around 16 months, the classes have helped me with really important elements of my current role such as drafting statements and the all-important interviewing and advising of clients.” - Lewis Chatten, former student

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Scholarships

DMU offers a range of scholarships to support our students.

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Find out more about the DMU Sport Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

International Scholarships
Find out about available scholarships and country-specific fee discounts for international students.

Visit our fees and funding page for more information.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is changing the way to qualify as a solicitor. For more details please read the information provided by the SRA about the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Programme Code: 
Legal Practice Course M25091
LLM in Legal Practice M25099

Start date: September 2022

Duration: One year full-time

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: 
For 2022/23 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £11,000

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, 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.

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 
Legal Practice Course M25091
LLM in Legal Practice M25099

Start date: September 2022

Duration: One year full-time

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: 
For 2022/23 tuition fees for international students will be £11,000

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.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Generally, you should have completed the academic stage of your training by obtaining either a qualifying law degree with a minimum pass of 2:2 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 LPC/LLM will begin with a short foundation course.
  • 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

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 have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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DMU Global

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 DMU Global, 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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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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.

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