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Legal Practice Course/LLM in Legal Practice (part-time)

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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.

 

This course, based on work-related skills training, is for those wishing to become solicitors. The LPC/LLM 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.

  • This course will attract Government postgraduate loan funding if you are eligible.
  • Suitable if you have work and/or family commitments as predominantly weekend study
  • Central UK location and attractive city centre campus
  • Excellent pastoral care and support by staff
  • Access to a mentor, individual careers advice and guidance as well as opportunities for involvement in our pro bono activities
  • Leicester De Montfort Law School boasts an excellent reputation for teaching quality
  • Students are taught in the state-of-the-art £35 million Hugh Aston Building, complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and integrated law library
  • Integrated use of IT for E-learning
  • Comprehensive administrative support provided by CILEx Law School, one of the largest providers of open and distance learning legal courses in the UK

Part-time LPC student Will King speaks about his DMU experience

 

Scholarships

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

DMU Global High Flyers Award
The DMU Global High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a DMU Global opportunity (subject to terms and conditions).

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

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

Prizes

We have a number of monetary prizes which are sponsored by the legal profession.

Prizes are also awarded for the majority of each of our elective subjects. 
Work experience is also offered as part of some of the prizes. 

Our prize sponsors are:
Freeths LLP 
Nelsons
Leicestershire Law Society 
Gateley's LLP
Weightmans LLP 
Josiah Hincks  
Shakespeare Martineau  

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.

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

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 
LPC: M25093
LLM: M25070

Start date: September 2021

Duration: Two years part-time. A One year full-time option is available.

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

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 entry: £10,500 over two years

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

It is possible to pay the tuition fees by instalments.

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 visit CiLEx Law School.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 
LPC: M25093
LLM: M25070

Start date: September 2021

Duration: Two years part-time. A One year full-time option is available.

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

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 entry: £10,500 over two years

There is an additional administrative charge of £150 per annum for students who live overseas.

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

It is possible to pay the tuition fees by instalments.

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 visit CiLEx Law School.

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/LLM 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/LLM. 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 Week: 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

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
  • You will attend an online 5 day foundation week at the start of the course and then for nine study weekends in the first year and eight study weekends in the second year
  • You will also have to attend the university to take exams some of which may be on weekdays
  • 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 part-time course over two years so you should be prepared to devote approximately 40 hours per month to your studies.

The course will start with a short foundation course (Wednesday to Sunday) and you will typically have 24.5 contact hours of teaching during that period.

Year 1 - You will attend nine study weekends. You will normally have up to 10 contact hours of teaching at each study weekend.

Year 2 - You will attend eight study weekends. You will normally have up to 10 contact hours of teaching for the first three study weekends and then up to 12 contact hours for the remaining five study weekends.

Teaching is through a mix of on line 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 meters of extra space. The extension is designed to make your studies more comfortable, featuring classrooms, self-study spaces equipped with USB sockets to charge your phone or laptop, a large and airy student breakout space, a new Student Advice Centre and a balcony on the top floor overlooking our beautiful campus. 

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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#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 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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How to apply

For a brochure and application pack, please contact CILEx Law School, our partner in the marketing and admissions of this course. Alternatively you can complete the application form online on their website

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The discount, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK and EU students who are graduating this year or have graduated within the past two years and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above. Learn more here.

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The best way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our virtual postgraduate events. Get all the answers to your questions through an online chat with our student and staff advisers, or check out our postgraduate live stream schedule for programme specific talks, to find out how our courses can enhance your knowledge and benefit your career path.

These virtual events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, and find out about fees and funding opportunities, including our VC2020 scholarship which offers up to 50 per cent off PG study, and sports scholarships of up to £6,000. You can also take a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities from the comfort of home via our Virtual Open Day.

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