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Legal Practice Course (Blended)

This course, based on work-related skills training, is for those wishing to qualify as attorneys in Trinidad and Tobago (TT). 

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Overview

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) equips you with the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding of procedures and practice to embark effectively on your internship. 

This course is taught via distance learning, enabling you to study at your own time and pace. The course begins with a short interactive online Foundation Course of one week. Online teaching will take place in small groups where you will work on realistic practical exercises in the foundation subjects.

Please note this course is only open for applications from Trinidad and Tobago. Please visit our Legal Practice Course/LLM in Legal Practice (LPC/LLM) course page if you are not from Trinidad and Tobago.

The Law School offers you:

  • Online support from a friendly and approachable staff team with practice experience.
  • A delivery method to enable you to both work and study.
  • Fees inclusive of materials and assessments.
  • Online access to a wide range of legal databases to help you with your studies.
  • Optional weekly interactive online tutor led drop-in sessions.
  • A potential upgrade to an LLM in Legal Practice (Top-up).

More courses like this:

Legal Practice Course/LLM in Legal Practice (Full time)

  • UK
  • EU/International

This course is exclusive to Trinidad and Tobago students only and is not open to UK or EU students. 

Institution code: D26

Programme code: M25095

Start date: September 2022

Duration: One year full-time blended learning based in Trinidad and Tobago. A one year, full-time option based in the UK (Leicester) is also available. 

Location of study: Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston Building whilst in Leicester otherwise distance learning.

Fees and funding: 

2022/23 entry: £10,750

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

It is possible to pay the tuition fees by instalments.These fees include all course materials. Find out more about course fees.

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

Please note the number of places is llimited.

Contact us: For more information please email adminlaw@dmu.ac.uk

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

You should have completed the academic stage of your training by obtaining a qualifying law degree. The minimum needed is a 3rd class degree. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires you to prove to us that you have a qualifying law degree. You need to do this before you start the LPC by providing us with a copy of your degree transcript.

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.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Course modules

Stage one

  • Foundation Course: An intensive, interactive online 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:

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

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

  • The course begins with a short interactive online Foundation Course of one week in September. Online teaching which will take place in small groups where you will work on realistic practical exercises in the foundation subjects.
  • Stage 1 will run from September to the following February. You will sit your Wills and Administration of Estates and Solicitors’ Accounts exams in November/December.
  • At the end of Stage 1 you will sit your Stage 1 and skills assessments in Trinidad. Your skills assessments will be online.
  • Stage 2 will run from March until June. At the end of Stage 2 you will sit your Stage 2 assessments in Trinidad and your Professional Conduct and Regulation assessment.
  • Lectures are available to listen to online.
  • The Core Areas, Electives, Professional Conduct and Regulation, Solicitors’ Accounts and Wills and Administration of Estates are assessed by exam. All are open book exams except Solicitors’ Accounts
  • You are also assessed in the course skills.

You can potentially upgrade to an LLM in Legal Practice

Teaching contact hours

This is a distance learning course of one year and is taught by a combination of online lectures and self study. You should be prepared to devote approximately 20-30 hours a week to your studies.

In addition you may also have some scheduled online meetings with your personal tutor, throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

Previously students who have attending the one week foundation course at DMU, have mainly been taught in the Hugh Aston Building. It is home to our dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software

Library services

You will also have access to the main Kimberlin Library. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

During your week at DMU, you will also have access to our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse. They 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.

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