The Legal Practice course (LPC) aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor. This course, which can be studied full-time or part-time (day or evening), provides graduates who have completed the academic stage of legal training or who are Members or Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives, with the professional stage of training as solicitors. We have a long-standing reputation for training solicitors and were one of the first universities to be validated to run the Legal Practice course. The course emulates the nature of the work encountered in practice and is transactional, following a particular set of clients through a case study. It will build on the substantive law that you will have already been taught and includes the study of both substantive law not previously learnt, and procedure in the major areas of practice. It teaches the 'lawerly' skills of practical legal research, interviewing and advising, writing, drafting and advocacy to prepare you for your subsequent professional training and for practice. The LPC is taught in an exciting new building with a mock court room, audio visual recording facilities, IT resources and library facilities. We also offer part time evening students the opportunity to have classes at Canary Wharf. Materials and case studies are provided.
Applicants should possess a qualifying law degree, with at least second class Honours or (if a non-law graduate) at least a second class Honours degree and the Common Professional Examination (CPE) with an average of at least 50%. Other factors will be taken into account, in particular the need to study part-time and in London, evidence of ability to pursue successfully the skills component of the course, and your motivation to be a solicitor, evidenced, for example, by relevant work experience. Students must obtain membership of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and be in a position to obtain a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage to enrol on the LPC.
Legal Practice course
The Foundation course is an intensive period of study for all students and requires full-time attendance for one week (regardless of whether you are registered on the full-time or part-time course).
-Property Law and Practice
-Criminal and Civil Litigation
-Business Law and Practice
You can then choose three elective subjects.
Examples currently include:
-Private Client Law
Assessment methods include: oral presentations (which will be videoed), research exercises, drafting exercises, and open and closed book examinations.
Successful completion of the LPC qualifies you to enter into a training contract with a firm of solicitors or an in-house legal department. The LPC also provides a good grounding for practice as a paralegal, in local or health authorities, in local or central government, in commerce either in company secretarial/governance/ regulatory areas or if you aspire to being on a Board of Directors. There are many regulatory roles, not just in commerce/ financial services but also for example in the environmental field. A background in housing/employment could be a route into local government or the voluntary sector.
LLM in Legal Practice
The LPC at London Met can be converted into an LLM by taking a one year part-time top-up masters course involving a research methodology module and a dissertation.
Attendance & duration
Full-time: one year
normally between 9am and 6pm Mon - Fri. Some options may run eves only depending on demand.
We try to arrange the timetable so that each group has one free day a week.
Part-time (eve): two years,
two eves a week, 6-9pm, currently Tues & Thurs in the first year, Mon & Wed in the second year.
Part-time (day): two years, one full day a week, 9am-6pm, currently Fri in the first year and Mon in the second year.
Attendance on the Foundation is compulsory for all students
(one week full-time, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri)