A New Award - LLM Legal Practice Course
NLS is fully aware of the challenges for law students in the current legal employment market. For that reason we are always looking for ways to ensure that the LPC is designed to provide you with the qualifications and practical knowledge and insight employers regard as essential.
Our LPC has recently been revalidated so that the successful completion of all its elements will result in the award of a Masters degree: LLM Legal Practice Course. As well as providing you with an internationally recognised qualification, you will leave NLS with enhanced insight into the legal profession and better equipped to succeed. This course is also available on a part-time basis.
On the LLM you will have the opportunity to complete a project or dissertation, focusing on aspects of legal practice that are of interest to you. Your work for this will be supported by a Professional Legal Practice Module comprising:
- A series of lectures delivered by experts within the legal profession
- Bridge to Practice workshops
- Commercial Awareness workshops
Additionally, a dedicated tutor supervisor will assist you with your project or dissertation.
Students who do not wish to study for the full Masters award can still study for the award of a postgraduate diploma and receive their LPC award in this way. However, all students will benefit from the enhancements made to the LPC.
Why study the LLM LPC at Nottingham Law School?
- Successful completion of all elements of the LPC will result in the award of a Masters degree - an internationally recognised qualification.
- All our staff are experienced lawyers – many still practise - and students benefit from their practical knowledge.
- We teach in small groups to encourage student participation.
- Teaching is on two days a week with an option to attend on a third day or view lectures online. See the Course information tab for further details.
- Every student has a personal tutor. We know our students and support and encourage you in both your studies and in your employment applications at the start of your legal career.
- Nottingham Law School is fully aware of the challenges for law students in the current legal employment market. We constantly review our courses to ensure that they provide our students with the qualifications, practical knowledge and experience employers are looking for.
- We have introduced a new elective – Advanced Advocacy – which will provide essential experience for anyone considering Higher Rights of Audience training.
- We offer an award-winning pro bono programme, including a Legal Advice Centre for the local community. Gaining practical legal experience gives you a head start when applying for jobs or training contracts.
- You benefit from our visiting lecturers. As well as visiting professors we have a series of lectures each year by expert lawyers from leading law firms who share their insight and experience in their area of legal specialism. Reports of recent lectures can be found on our news pages.
- Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure a training contract or other legal employment. Applicants are invited to a careers event in June, before the LPC course starts, so that you can benefit from working with our successful careers team. The number of graduates obtaining a training contract or paralegal work is consistently high.
- The Professional Legal Practice module provides practical experience and commercial insight, which will ensure you hit the ground running at the start of your career.
- Scholarships are available and we also offer a progression discount to current NLS LLB and GDL students who progress directly onto the LPC.
- Studying with Nottingham Law School means that you have all the facilities a large Law School can offer plus the advantages of studying within a university environment which offers outstanding library, IT, support, sports, language and student union services.
- LPC students are able to use all of the library and IT facilities of the University, in particular, the Boots Library. The Boots Library houses the entire law collection and also incorporates the Professional Resource Centre. As a result, LPC students are afforded 24-hour access to relevant library resources.
We know that with a changing job market we need to provide relevant legal experience, networking events and careers support for our students to give you the head start that you require at the beginning of your career.
You can also study the Legal Practice Course part-time to fit around your other commitments. Transfers between the part-time and full-time course are possible.
Successful completion of the course enables you to proceed to a training contract and then be admitted as a solicitor. The job market is very competitive and whether you come to Nottingham Law School with a 2.1 or a 2.2 we can add value to enhance your CV and increase your employability.
2016 start date
Start date: 12 September
See the applying section for full details.
We hold open days in autumn, spring and early summer each year for anyone considering studying on the Nottingham Law School LPC. The day provides the opportunity for you to find out more about the course, meet tutors and current students, take a campus tour, view our facilities and take part in a careers workshop providing advice on how to gain a training contract. Find out further details and to book your place.
SRA Information - changes to Education and Training Regulations
The SRA has recently put in place proposals to simplify the training regulations.
These proposals have resulted in the removal of the requirements for students:
- to apply for a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage of Training
- to enrol with the SRA prior to commencing the LPC.
Please read the SRA revisions document
Please note that these changes could impact considerably upon you and it is your responsibility to ensure that you understand your revised obligations in respect of the LPC.
If you are in any doubt about how these changes affect you, please consult the SRA website.
Library and Professional Resources
LPC students are able to use all of the library and IT facilities of the University, in particular, the Boots Library, which has recently been refurbished. The Boots Library will house the entire Law Collection and will also incorporate the current Professional Resource Centre. As a result, LPC students will be afforded 24 hour access to library resources.
If you have any queries about this course please contact us:
Contact us for further information
Find out more information by requesting a course brochure. If you would like to speak with a member of the team, you can contact us using the details below.
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
Nottingham Law School website
Course structure and content
Many students require flexibility to fit in with work, family or other commitments and we have developed a new format to benefit all students. From September 2015 the course will be taught on three days each week. Small Group Sessions (SGS) will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Lectures will be held on Fridays and these will be recorded so that attendance is not compulsory – you can view the lectures at a convenient time. This format gives you the option to be on campus for either two or three days each week. Exceptionally you may be required to attend examinations or induction events on any day of the week but you will receive notice of these dates well in advance.
Start date: September 2016 - date to be confirmed
The LPC is delivered in two stages.
Stage One is delivered from September to February. Stage Two is taught from February to June. Stage One covers the compulsory elements of:
- Business (including Taxation and Business Accounts)
- Litigation (Civil and Criminal)
- Wills and Administration of Estates
- Solicitors' Accounts
- Professional Conduct and Regulation
- Skills: advocacy, interviewing, writing, drafting, and research.
During Stage One, the teaching of the Professional Legal Practice Module will also occur.
Stage Two includes three elective modules and, if you are aiming for the LLM award, submission of either your project or dissertation, although there is the possibility to submit this work after the academic year has ended.
Please note electives are subject to change.
How will I study?
The focus for delivery will be through interactive Small Group Sessions (SGSs) where students can take advantage of the IT available to them to carry out learning and teaching activities that more closely replicate the experience of the professional workplace and practice practical legal skills in context. All LPC students are provided with a tablet upon enrolment. This has proved popular with students and, together with the IT provision within all teaching rooms, has opened up opportunities to be more innovative with teaching methods and to move away from a more passive, paper-based delivery.
SGSs are of a duration of either one or two hours.
Preparatory work for most SGS activities will consist of directed reading and research and through engagement with focused lectures and vodcasts.
As regards lectures, these will be strategically chosen to focus on issues or topics within the relevant modules that benefit most from this form of delivery.
Vodcasts are interactive recordings in a range of multi-media formats and may, typically, include video clips, audio-visual recordings, voice recordings and podcasts. Vodcasts are usually designed to be of between 5-20 minutes duration, and there may be more than one vodcast to view as part of the preparation for a particular workshop.
In the context of Core Practice Areas (CPAs) and Electives, the vodcasts will provide opportunities to engage not just with the details of substantive topics but also, for instance, with issues relating to commercial awareness or tactical considerations. They can also be used as a prompt to encourage student thinking by, for instance, focusing on the interpretation of a particular clause or the application of particular regulations or procedures.
In terms of the Skills, vodcasts offer an ideal method for the demonstration of the skill and any performance elements involved in that skill.
The course skills are advocacy, interviewing, research, writing and drafting and these are often seen as providing the most demanding, and hopefully rewarding, elements of the course. We give particular attention to the written skills of research and writing and drafting; we take seriously the concerns of many firms about the capacity of trainees to handle this type of work in the early part of their training contracts.
Theoretical material is kept to a minimum, and the emphasis is normally on practice and feedback to develop the skills you will need on entering the profession.
How will I be assessed?
Assessments are designed to integrate with the course as a whole. The main assessment periods occur at the end of both Stage One and Stage Two, that is, in January / February and in May / June. You will be assessed by written examination in each of the three compulsory and elective subjects (your own prescribed materials being allowed in the exams). The nature of each skill assessment will be determined by the skill to be demonstrated. Other suitable methods of assessment are employed to cover Professional Conduct and Regulation, Solicitors' Accounts and Wills and Administration of Estates.
Your project or dissertation will be marked according to the University's protocols for Master awards.
Throughout the course there will be numerous opportunities to receive feedback on your progress.
Most students prefer to move on to Stage Two of the LPC, the electives, immediately after completion of Stage One, but you don't have to and there is a variety of choices.
- Stop for a while after Stage One and rejoin the course in a following year (although SRA rules impose time limits on how long you can wait)
- Undertake the electives in part-time mode.
It is up to you which way you choose; most students like to complete the LPC as soon as possible, but some like to undertake electives once they have a better idea of their intended practice area.
Finally, once you join the course, you will need to make a decision about whether or not you intend to submit a project or dissertation (or neither). Information to help you with this decision will be provided early on in the course.
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
Nottingham Law School website
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Your future career
We have a dedicated Employability Team who will support you in your search for a training contract; the number of Nottingham Law School graduates gaining a training contract or paralegal work is consistently high.
At Nottingham Law School we don't view the LPC in isolation. It leads to a training contract and we can provide the support required to give you the best possible start to your legal career:
- Our Employability Team provide seminars with advice about training contract applications and interview techniques.
- We will review your training contract applications and formulate individual career plans. We also provide a practical interview preparation service.
- We provide a mentoring scheme with trainees from local law firms to provide support and guidance and a personal view of what to expect from life in the profession.
- Employability and commercial awareness are given appropriate focus, which provides a true bridge into practice.
- We maintain regular contact with firms specialising in all areas of law.
"I just wanted to thank you for helping to put on the Bridge to Practice module- I found it extremely helpful as a taste of what I'll be expected to do as a trainee and it felt very realistic. On top of this I believe it has helped to boost my confidence for the Interviewing assessment, as I feel that I've already been in a situation where I've had to advise a client. I would highly recommend it to future LPC students."
Alex Deller-Rust, LPC student 2012
There are opportunities to get involved with pro bono projects and Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre, which enable you to gain practical legal work experience.
Our aim is to provide reliable, high quality legal advice and information to the local community and individuals in need. It also provides practical experience for you to undertake your professional legal training at Nottingham Law School.
You will need one of the following options:
- a Qualifying Law degree (2.2 or above).
- Graduate Diploma in Law / CPE with an undergraduate degree (2.2 or above).
- Institute of Legal Executives qualification.
All applicants should provide evidence in their personal statement of their commitment to a career in law and will be required to provide a full reference in support of their application.
English Language requirements
International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements. Also see the full list of alternative qualifications for EU and international students.
Accredited Prior Learning (APL)
Applications from students who have successfully completed either a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within five years of enrolment to our Legal Practice Course may be considered for exemption from attendance and assessment in the following:
- Stage One - Litigation; Advocacy; Drafting
- Stage Two - Two Vocational Electives.
It is important for such students to contact the Course Leader as promptly as possible prior to their application to the Central Applications Board to allow their APL application to be considered.
Students who transfer to Nottingham Law School to undertake Stage Two having successfully completed Stage One at another institution will be awarded the Professional Diploma.
How to apply
Applications for this full-time course are made online via the Central Applications Board. For further information on application you can also contact the Central Applications Board at:
LPC Central Applications Board
PO Box 84
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 301282
Nottingham Law School's scholarship scheme provides a number of awards to students on vocational courses. For further information visit our postgraduate scholarships section.
For further information about Nottingham Law School's LPC please contact us.
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
Nottingham Law School website
Studied: LLM Legal Practice Course
My decision to study the LPC at Nottingham Law School was largely based on my previous experience of the University. Having already been taught by some amazing tutors who pushed me to achieve a first in my undergraduate law degree, it seemed logical to remain at the University in order to continue this success.
Nottingham Law School was also the most financially viable option, made even more so by the availability of a wide range of scholarships. Overall I really enjoyed everything that Nottingham Law School has to offer, and was more than happy to continue studying here for another year.
I took a rather typical route into professional study, progressing straight from my A-levels to an undergraduate law degree. This degree was four years long and it contained a placement during the third year of study. It was the option of a placement year that originally attracted me to NTU, and it was the placement experience that confirmed my desire to become a solicitor.
Before attending one of their open days, my knowledge of Nottingham Law School was limited. One aspect that I was aware of however was the University’s strong commitment to employment and professional practice. This was clear from the range of professional courses the University offers: LPC, BPTC and GDL, for graduates wanting a career as a solicitor or barrister.
One of the main things that attracted me to the LPC at Nottingham Law School was its combination with a master's degree. Upon completing the traditional LPC and an additional professional practice dissertation, the LPC qualification is effectively supplemented with a master's degree. I have chosen to do my dissertation on employment law and mental health as these are areas that I would like to explore in professional practice. I feel that undertaking a master's degree alongside the LPC will make me very appealing to prospective employers.
One of the things that really stood out at Nottingham Law School was its Legal Advice Centre. The centre itself caters for a massive range of legal pro bono opportunities. I have personally been involved with advising clients at the centre and am currently training to become a FRU Representative. As a qualified representative I will have the opportunity to represent real-life clients at employment and social security tribunals.
Having been at NTU since 2011, I have experienced at first hand the transformation that its facilities have gone through. The development of the Students' Union and expansion of the sports facilities at the City site has brought about many opportunities that were previously only available at the Clifton campus. The Boots Library and other learning facilities have also been constantly redeveloped in order to create a more pleasant and productive environment.
In addition to these excellent facilities I have also been greatly assisted by the University’s Student Services. General support services have been invaluable in providing me with practical assistance concerning issues such as financing and accommodation. The University’s Employability Service has provided great assistance in my attempt to secure a training contract by reviewing applications and providing contacts. Both services have consistently offered unprecedented levels of support.
My greatest achievement on the LPC so far has been helping to run the GDL Mooting Society and competition. This responsibility has proven to be extremely challenging, with there being so much more to do behind the scenes than I had initially anticipated. At the same time it has also been extremely rewarding by effectively allowing me to teach mooting to other students and run a small part of the University.
As a result of professional study, my career plans have become much more focused. Whereas beforehand I did not know what area of law I wanted to enter, I am now sure of my desire to practise in the likes of private client, family and employment law. It has also confirmed my long term plan to eventually return to university as an academic with practical experience.
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