Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £14,500 *
International Fees £14,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

If you want to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the vocational stage of training that bridges the gap between academic studies and life in a law firm.

Westminster Law School has a well established reputation for the delivery of solicitors' vocational training and our LLM in Legal Practice (which incorporates Stages 1 and 2 of the LPC) equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful 21st-century lawyer.

For 2017/18, we are offering the LPC as part of a Masters' degree – an LLM in Legal Practice which incorporates both Stages 1 and 2 of the LPC. The total cost of the LLM is £14,500 (£12,500 for the LPC, an additional £2,000 to progress to the LLM).

Students who have the benefit of the Government’s Postgraduate Loan (up to £10,000) will be  expected to attempt the Social Methods Research assignments and Legal Practice dissertation (see below) to ensure that they are not in breach of the terms of such loan.

Distinctive features of the course include:

  • Highly experienced and approachable lecturers who are all qualified solicitors or barristers.
  • Small, interactive group work, allowing you to benefit from individual guidance and help.
  • All sessions are set within a balanced timetable to replicate the tasks undertaken in practice.
  • A broad range of Stage 2 electives, reflecting areas of practice from high-street to city firms.
  • The opportunity to undertake real client legal work under the supervision of tutors working in the Student Law Centre. The focus is on experiential learning through reflection, analysis and planning.
  • A mentoring scheme which pairs you with mentors working in an area you are interested in. Our mentors are predominantly former Westminster LPC students who are now working in an area of legal practice.

The course is taught at Westminster Law School's state-of-the-art premises in the heart of London's West End and within the vicinity of many law firms.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Westminster's LPC assessments meet SRA expectations. They are designed to be realistic and constructive by genuinely testing you and enabling you to demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills through a mixture of written examinations and practical assessments. Assessment takes place throughout Stage 1 of the LPC and at the end of Stage 2 electives.  Generally the assessments are 'open book' and you are allowed to use both textbooks and your own written notes. You are timetabled to allow sufficient revision and preparation time for examinations and assessments.

To complete the Legal Practice LLM you will have to attend the 20 credits Social Research Methods: Principles & Practice module, which requires the formulation of a research question of relevance to legal practice to be addressed in the dissertation and accompanying methodology as approved by  the module leaders/Dissertation Supervisor.

The 40 credits Legal Practice Dissertation module requires the submission of a dissertation of approximately 8,000 words. Assessment is entirely based on submission of this dissertation and you must attain a mark of 50% in order to pass the dissertation.

Download a detailed description of our Stage 2 elective subjects.

  • Core Practice Areas of Business Law and Practice, Criminal and Civil Litigation and Property Law and Practice
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation, Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors Accounts and Taxation
  • Skills – Practical Legal Research, Interviewing and Advising, Writing, Drafting and Advocacy

Private client electives

  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Immigration Law
  • Housing Law
  • Employment Law
  • Clinical Elective (via the Student Law Centre)

Commercial electives

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Private Acquisitions
  • Entertainment and Media
  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Law
  • Social Research Methods (2 x 1,000 word assignments)
  • 8,000 word Legal Practice dissertation

Solicitors Regulation Authority

The Legal Practice Course is awarded by the University of Westminster and is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).  All providers of the Legal Practice Course are governed by the rules and regulations as set out by the SRA.

Got a job as a trainee solicitor? Visit our page to find out more about SRA requirements prior to starting.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

You will need a minimum of a Lower Second Class Honours Qualifying Law degree or non-law degree followed by Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 qualification.

If you have previously studied the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within last five years, you may be eligible for exemptions. For further details please contact LPC Administrator Miles Macleod on [email protected]  or call +44 (0) 20 7911 5017.

Due to recent changes to Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) regulations, it is important that you have met SRA education and training requirements for the purpose of the LPC before you enrol on the course.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical offer

You will need a minimum of a Lower Second Class Honours Qualifying Law degree or non-law degree followed by Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 qualification.

If you have previously studied the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within last five years, you may be eligible for exemptions. For further details please contact LPC Administrator Miles Macleod on [email protected]  or call +44 (0) 20 7911 5017.

Due to recent changes to Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) regulations, it is important that you have met SRA education and training requirements for the purpose of the LPC before you enrol on the course.

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Careers

Westminster law students benefit from the following:

  • Dedicated 1-2-1 appointments with careers advisors.
  • Feedback and advice on CVs, applications and interview preparation.
  • Employer panel events and talks.
  • Law vacancy jobs bulletin.
  • Annual Law Fair Consortium.
  • Mock Assessment Centres and Interviews.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

What our students say

Katie Sills

Katie Sills

Without a doubt, it was the people that made the course for me. The lecturers are first rate and everyone on the course was very supportive of each other.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the pro-bono clinic as it gave me the opportunity to work on a real-life case under excellent supervision. This definitely broadened my understanding of law in practice and prepared me for work experience placements.

Jaro Bernart

Jaro Bernart

The course was very well structured. The materials were logically put together, and sessions tied over nicely to create steady progress and resemble real scenarios. In addition to the University’s own materials, external publications (eg by Oxford University Press) were included – that’s not something my friends on other LPCs received.

I had an excellent relationship with the lecturers and tutors, and I have fond memories of each of them.

Romela Ramberran

Romela Ramberran

While the course was a bit challenging, the supportive staff and lecturers were always there as guides and mentors.

As the course structure was divided between lectures and small group sessions, it allowed students to interact and work together on questions which helped to foster relationships with peers. The numerous events held both within and outside the Law School also aided in this process.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £14,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street, part of our Regent Campus. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our Little Titchfield Street page.

Contact us

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+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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