LPC - Legal Practice Course

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We offer a one-year, full time and a two-year, part time LPC.

Why study the LPC?

The LPC is the course for all those wishing to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It is the bridge between the academic study of law and your in-house training with a law firm.

Why Cardiff University School of Law and Politics for your LPC?

Our LPC is highly regarded with a history of the very highest gradings and is delivered in a top Russell Group University in the heart of a vibrant capital city – Cardiff is the only Russell Group University to offer the GDL, LPC and BPTC.

Flexible learning

The LPC is an intensive course but our model lets you combine your studies with other commitments. Aside from the first week of the course, you will need to attend the Law School for lessons on Mondays - Wednesdays (full time) or on Fridays only (part time). Some assessments may be held on alternative days.  The remainder of your time will be used for independent study, including listening to lectures, reading and preparing for small groups (i.e. practical, workshop sessions). You will have off-site access to the University portal so that you can obtain course materials, lectures, email and legal databases online.

Face to face teaching

We know students value face-to-face teaching, so all of our small group sessions will be in the Law School and you will have lots of learning and pastoral support from your tutors – our courses have a high degree of face to face contact time which exceeds the SRA’s minimum requirements. Small group sessions form the core of the course, with group activities and practical tasks designed to help you understand the areas of practice your study.  You will have ample opportunity to see and speak to your tutors and this also applies to our part time LPC - this is not a distance learning course.

Our teaching style

You will be taught with other LPC students and there will be significant small group teaching in recognition of the intensive and practical nature of the course. All of our tutors have practised as professional lawyers and our ethos is one of friendly professionalism and mutual respect.

We also recognise that you are adults with proven study skills and able to take responsibility for your own learning.

Reputation and enhanced employability

You will be part of one of the leading Law schools in the UK. Cardiff offers:

  • a range of pioneering pro-bono projects – our student volunteers work on real cases under supervision from professionals. You can gain hands-on experience of the law in practice and possibly make a difference to people’s lives;
  • excellent links with practice and the legal profession. Every year we run a work placement scheme designed to give students first hand legal experience;
  • a careers programme and talks from legal employers & other speakers to help you plan the next step of your career;
  • a modern, well stocked legal practice library with extensive IT facilities and evening & weekend opening hours;
  • access to the type of facilities you would expect from a top University, such as accommodation, health, sport and childcare facilities;
  • a lively Student Law Society;
  • the option to tailor your study to your areas of interest through a wide range of elective options; and
  • the opportunity to convert your LPC to a Masters Degree.

What will you study on the LPC?

Enrolment will be in early September 2014 and you will need to have satisfied the SRA’s base requirements before you can join: www.sra.org

The full time course is delivered over ten months with the option to study the core elements (stage 1) separate from the elective elements (stage 2).

The part time course is offered over two years, with a mixture of core and elective elements in each year, on a day release basis. All lessons are held on Fridays to enable you to combine work and study.

The syllabus is the same for both courses, although the subjects are covered in a different order. On both courses you will study the core practice areas (Business Law, Property Law and Litigation) together with various skills and accounts modules to complete Stage 1. To complete stage 2 you will need to pass three elective modules. Full details are available on our website.

What are we looking for?

Before making you an offer for the course we will consider your academic record, your reasons for wanting to study at Cardiff, your commitment to wishing to qualify as a solicitor, your personal statement and reference.

How to apply

To apply for the full time course, go to the Central Applications Board at www.lawcabs.ac.uk

To apply for the part time course, go to: www.cardiff.ac.uk/regis/general/applyonlin/clawspgt.html

Applications for the part time course have to be made directly to the University.

Our fees are competitively priced and reflect the top quality support and resources that you can expect from an excellent LPC provider.

Full time course

  • UK&EU students: £10,295 plus a £550 deposit/ materials fee;
  • International students: £13,500 plus a £550 deposit / materials fee.

Part time course

  • UK&EU students: £5,250 per year plus one £550 deposit/ materials fee.

Visit the website for more information: http://www.law.cf.ac.uk/courses/international/

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