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Legal Practice Course
Postgraduate course
PG Dip

Legal Practice Course

Law
Applications for this course should be made by 31st July. Applications after this date may still be considered.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Completing this course will part fulfil the vocational stage of your training to qualify as a solicitor. Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, it meets the authority's training requirements and covers a range of legal subjects prescribed by the professional body.

Your learning will focus on realistic case studies and you will take part in workshops that explore the challenges of professional practice. You will be taught by a team of academic staff who are qualified lawyers with wide-ranging professional experience. Their expertise will feed into your learning and they will be able to support you through a variety of option modules as you start to explore particular areas of interest.

This course will provide credit points at masters level, and you could further enhance your future employability by completing a dissertation to secure a masters in law. You can find further details on our LLM Legal Practice Course page .

Changes to legal education and training
Legal education and training is currently under detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review will examine the routes currently open and the qualifications required to become a solicitor or barrister, and includes a reflection on changes to and removal of existing routes, as well as the possibility of establishing new ones. 

Currently, students can complete a qualifying law degree, the Graduate Diploma Law (GDL) and then the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to qualify as a solicitor or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister; this will remain unchanged until August 2020 for solicitors and August 2019 for barristers. 

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) have issued a common protocol for guidance. This can be found by visiting the SRA website

Our course is delivered by qualified lawyers with significant professional expertise and experience. You will engage in activities designed to optimise your employment prospects and enhance professionalism.

All students on the LPC have a professional mentor - a legal practitioner in the local area who can provide practical support and advice during the period of study and provide work-based learning and career opportunities. Local law firms engage with us by teaching, leading career development sessions, acting as mentors and judging and providing prizes for a number of legal competitions.

 "A well thought-out course with knowledgeable and personable tutors and a good amount of useful, practical work." (Phil Copley, student). 

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Transforming law: "We must ensure that our legal education keeps pace with social, economic, technological and political evolution." - Deveral Capps - Leeds Law School / "Well designed law degrees provide a unique skillset that means our students can make a real contribution in a changing world" - Dr Jessica Guth - Leeds Law School-
PG Dip Legal Practice Yvonne Marsh

Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours qualifying Law degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (GDL/CPE). Applicants are required to provide a letter from their awarding institution to confirm they hold a qualifying Law degree. If you would like to study this course full-time you will need to make your initial application through the Central Applications Board at this link. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link, please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours qualifying Law degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (GDL/CPE). Applicants are required to provide a letter from their awarding institution to confirm they hold a qualifying Law degree. If you would like to study this course full-time you will need to make your initial application through the Central Applications Board at this link. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link, please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Phil Robinson

Careers

Phil Robinson
Associate Solicitor and Notary Public Langleys Solicitors LLP

Legal Practice Course

“I considered other options when choosing where to study for my masters but I knew from past experience I could rely on Leeds Beckett to thoroughly prepare me for the workplace. I'm now a solicitor specialising in conveyancing and the advanced expertise I developed on my course helps me to succeed in my role every day.

Teaching and learning

 

Gain the skills required to provide advice and assistance to a client in the critical stages of civil and criminal litigation.

Gain the skills so you can provide advice and assistance to a client at each critical stage of a property transaction.

You will be introduced to a range of business operations, primarily partnerships and companies, and you will examine law and practice in relation to their formation, ongoing management and dissolution.

Gain an understanding of professional ethics and learn to apply and act in accordance with the core duties of the Solicitors' Code of Conduct.

Develop your writing skills so that you can communicate clearly and concisely to instil your reader with confidence in your capability as a lawyer.

Gain the skills to be able to advise clients about the taxation framework in England and Wales.

Gain an understanding of the common clauses of a will, what happens when someone dies without making a will and the necessary steps to administer an estate. You will also learn about the tax consequences of death.

Learn practical advocacy skills and knowledge to present cases before courts and tribunals.

Learn to apply the principles of good drafting in the creation and amendment of formal legal documents.

Gain effective interviewing skills for communicating with clients so you can respond to their needs and provide instructions and advice.

This module will teach you a basic understanding of the Solicitors' Accounts Rules 2011.

This module will introduce you to a range of primary and secondary legal sources. You will learn how to analyse and evaluate them to produce legal solutions.

This module will give you the practical skills needed to draft and negotiate commercial leases and to give appropriate advice on the effect of obligations under the terms of commercial leases.

Gain the practical skills required to provide advice and assistance to a client in the context of a business dispute.

This module will prepare you for practice in the sale and purchase of private limited companies and business assets.

This module will prepare you for working in employment law and practice.

You will be introduced to areas of practice in which commercial lawyers are required to advise with the drafting of commercial agreements, intellectual property rights, competition law, and agency and distribution agreements.

Gain the skills required to provide advice and assistance to a client in relation to a range of family matters.

You will be introduced to the law surrounding cases of patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007).

You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of the law and practice of personal injury and clinical negligence litigation.

Leeds Beckett University
Yvonne Marsh
Course Director
As well as being in charge of postgraduate professional programmes Yvonne leads our two Legal Practice Courses and teaches intellectual property law, commercial law, commercial litigation and a variety of legal skills.
Being able to make a positive impact on a student's development is extremely rewarding. My life as a solicitor also enables me to enrich my teaching sessions by drawing on my legal experiences. I aim to show the practical application of the law in a variety of realistic situations to bring this fascinating subject to life.
PG Dip Legal Practice Yvonne Marsh

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £8800. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies.



Administration fees - An additional £15 SRA admin fee for full-time students and £7.50 for part-time students will also be payable to Leeds Beckett University by students/student sponsors. This payment is in addition to your course fees and will be invoiced to you by the University separately.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Course specific

  • Access to the courtroom, where you can practise your advocacy skills on-campus and take part in mooting competitions that simulate a court hearing. You will develop your ability to develop and deliver powerful arguments on behalf of your client
  • Access to the Hydra Suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. We are the only business school in the world with this facility.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

 

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £8800. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.



Administration fees - An additional £15 SRA admin fee for full-time students and £7.50 for part-time students will also be payable to Leeds Beckett University by students/student sponsors. This payment is in addition to your course fees and will be invoiced to you by the University separately.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Course specific

  • Access to the courtroom, where you can practise your advocacy skills on-campus and take part in mooting competitions that simulate a court hearing. You will develop your ability to develop and deliver powerful arguments on behalf of your client
  • Access to the Hydra Suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. We are the only business school in the world with this facility.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

 

Facilities

  • Portland
    Portland

    Leeds Law School is located in Portland, close to the city's legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

  • Courtroom
    Courtroom

    Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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