Legal Practice Course

PG Dip

Full-Time

Ryan Bigland

PG Dip Legal Practice graduate

The Legal Practice Course at Anglia Ruskin saved the time and expense of commuting further afield, with the full time course involving just two days a week of contact time, and in comparison with other institutions was very reasonably priced.

I soon realised there were other reasons why Anglia Ruskin was a great place to be. The commercially savvy lecturers demonstrated an incisive grasp of the course material, but more importantly always showed how it related to professional practice. Much of the course spanned beyond the core modules, providing us with a great chance to pick up additional skills. From practicing drafting technique and learning about file management, to holding professional development seminars where we could get help landing that elusive training contract by improving our CVs. Some of the lecturers have first-hand experience in hiring trainees, so they know exactly what recruiters are looking for.

Course overview

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is a postgraduate course for those seeking to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. Successful completion of the course will enable you to proceed to a training contract.

Location
Our campus in Cambridge is centrally located, with good transport links and is within easy walking distance of the train station. Cambridge train station has regular rail connections with London, Norwich, Ipswich and Peterborough allowing you to commute in for the two days a week required on campus.

Flexible and blended-learning
Taught over one year, we were the first institution in the UK to offer the course via full-time study over two fixed days per week. Our students are able to study around other commitments including employment and training opportunities. Most large group sessions are delivered by i-lecture, watched by students remotely adding further flexibility.

Cost
We are very proud of being able to deliver a high-quality course at a significant saving in price to our major competitors. A full list of LPC prices is available at the SRA website. We offer the best value for money LPC in the East Anglia area.

Added value
The LPC offers extra support, training and opportunities compared with other LPCs which include:
  • full-scale mock assessments in all areas including interviewing
  • engagement with employers of paralegals and trainee solicitors
  • non-assessed training in areas such as billing, file management and commercial awareness and negotiation skills
  • a specialist non-assessed course in careers and professional development
  • LPC exclusive monthly vacancies bulletin direct to your inbox

Reputation
Feedback from employers suggests that they place much more emphasis on achievement and skills than the institution attended. The range and depth of skills of our students and the standard they achieve in the LPC make our students extremely attractive to employers. 84% of our 2011 graduated students did so with a commendation or distinction.

We were the first university in England and Wales to have our LPC accredited by Skillsmark, achieving a Grade 1-the top award of four possible grades for the course. Skillsmark was established by Skills for Justice, the Sector Skills Council which covers all employers, employees and volunteers working in the UK justice system, as part of its mission to link learning to reputable and valued qualifications.

Support
With a small staff-to-student ratio we are able to offer a level of pastoral care which is not always available from larger providers. We are able to address your individual needs, supporting your transition from undergraduate to LPC study, and from study to training contracts and employment.

Module guide

Core modules - Stage 1 (Core practice areas)
  • Litigation: Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Criminal Law and Practice

    In this module, you will learn the practice and procedure of claims in the civil courts, including evidential risk assessment. In Criminal Litigation, you will develop your understanding of the practice and procedure of the criminal justice system, from police-station attendance to plea in mitigation.

  • Property Law and Practice

    During this module you will develop your understanding of the law of property by a practical application of the law; you will also learn what is involved in acting for clients who wish to buy or sell residential property, whether freehold, leasehold, registered or unregistered title.

  • Business Law and Practice

    Here you will be introduced to business taxation calculations and the liabilities and responsibilities of business owners, be they partners, sole traders or companies. You will learn how these business entities are run from a practical perspective.

Course skills:
  • Advocacy
  • Drafting
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Writing
Other assessed areas:
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation, including Solicitors' Accounts
  • Taxation
  • Wills and Administration of Estates

In addition to teaching time on-campus, all courses require intensive self-guided learning, research or private study and there may also be optional training, seminars, visits, lectures or master classes to attend.

Assessment

We use a combination of timed open book supervised assessments, oral practical and course work style assessments across the course. Unlike many other providers our students undertake full-scale mock assessments in all areas including all skills subjects.

Sarah Mizen

PG Dip Legal Practice graduate

The LPC is a fast-paced course which starts as it means to go on. Whilst this can be slightly daunting at first, students are greatly helped by the supportive and approachable staff. The tutors have great experience of what life is like in legal practice, which is always very useful in helping one to see the long term goal.

Choosing Anglia Ruskin over a larger provider has meant I received a much more hands-on learning experience through small group workshops, which certainly helped my understanding and meant any problems with a particular topic could be resolved as they arose.

The facilities are excellent: there are designated LPC rooms, a common room and a computer room.

Facilities

We have mock courtrooms on both campuses, enabling you to practice advocacy in a realistic setting. All teaching rooms are well-equipped.

To enhance the quality of your LPC experience, supporting materials are available through our Virtual Learning Environment, which can be accessed off-campus. These materials include i-lectures with supporting multiple choice questions and all workshop materials. You will also have access to our comprehensive online library, which likewise can be accessed off-campus.

Libraries
Our campus libraries offer a wide range of publications and a variety of study facilities, including open-access computers, areas for quiet or group study and bookable rooms. We also have an extensive Digital Library providing on and off-site access to e-books, e-journals and databases.

We endeavour to make our libraries as accessible as possible for all our students. During Semester time, they open 24 hours a day from Monday to Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday and for 12 hours on Sunday.

IT resources
Our open access computer facilities provide free access to the internet, email, messaging services and the full Microsoft Office suite. A high speed wireless service is also available in all key areas on campus. If you are away from campus or a distant learner, our student desktop and its many applications can be accessed remotely using the internet. Your personal student email account provides free document storage, calendar facilities and social networking opportunities.

Special features

The development of legal skills underpins our LPC. We have established a national reputation for teaching client interviewing techniques, as evidenced by our students' success in the National Client Interviewing Competition on six occasions.

The LPC is validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. In addition, our LPC is accredited by Skillsmark. Achieving a Skillsmark Grade 1 judgment in all areas, our LPC is described as 'meeting the needs of local and national employers through a number of effective mechanisms for canvassing and utilising employer views which are used to inform curriculum design and development'. In addition, teaching staff, learning outcome and assessment design, method of assessment, and quality assurance processes were all highly praised along with the Law School's 'excellent modern resources'.

Course convenor

Louise McKeon

Links with industry and professional recognition

We have strong links with practitioners throughout the Eastern region and beyond. Regional practitioners are involved in developing our LPC to ensure its curriculum is current and appropriate. Local firms of solicitors visit our Law School to provide careers guidance and sometimes offer opportunities to interview for a training contract.

Associated careers

Upon completion of the course, unless you have a FILEX qualification (and exemption from the SRA), a two-year training contract must be completed in order to qualify as a Solicitor of England and Wales.

Students commonly elect to complete their two-year training contract with a firm of solicitors in private practice. However, there are other options, training contracts are available in: central government (through the Government Legal Service); the Crown Prosecution Service; local government and law centres etc. You will receive a salary during your two-year training contract. All students on our LPC also receive specialised careers guidance throughout the duration of the course.

Anglia Law School has recently developed links with the Essex Legal Services Board which will significantly enhance the opportunities for our LPC graduates for training contracts with local authorities in Essex.

Main requirements:
  • One of the following: A UK Qualifying Law Degree with a minimum classification of 2.2 Honours; a pass in the Common Professional Examination (CPE); or a recognised Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Filex students issued with a Certificate of Exemption from the CPE by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are also eligible. IMPORTANT NOTE: You must obtain written confirmation from the Solicitors Regulation Authority that you have enrolled as a student member and completed the academic stage of training before you can start any LPC course. You can only apply for this online through www.sra.org.uk/enrol. Please check the SRA website for information as there are deadlines to be adhered to
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email admissions@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2014/January 2015 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

International and EU applicants

We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
If you do not meet the above requirements, then there is an alternative. Consider entry to the course via an integrated foundation year at Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.

How to apply

Applications must be made via the Central Applications Board.

Location

Duration

12 months full-time

Teaching times*

Cambridge:
Tues and Thurs
9.00am-6.00pm

Available starts

September

All students must attend an induction week of five days at the beginning of the course

Fees & funding

Open Day

Saturday 15 November
Postgraduate Open Day

Advice & support

Employability

Faculty

Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department

Anglia Law School

Contact us

UK and EU applicants:International applicants:

 

* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.

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