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LLM Legal Practice Course - LLM LPC (Full-time)


At Nottingham Law School (NLS) we are confident that our Legal Practice Course (LPC) will provide you with the best training currently available. Our careers expertise and experienced and supportive teaching staff will help you get your career as a solicitor off to a flying start. NLS has an excellent reputation within the legal profession. Our LPC has continuously received the highest possible grading from the SRA of commendable practice in every area of the course.

Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: September
Course length: One year, full-time.
Study location: City site

Fees and funding:

Please visit our fees page. There is also an SRA registration fee which the Law School will collect from you and pay to the SRA on your behalf.

Career Development Loans may be available for this course through the Cooperative Bank and Barclays. Please check the details of the loans carefully, ensuring that they are suitable for your needs.

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 

Entry Requirements

See the applying section for full details.

Open days

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:

  1. to apply for a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage of Training
  2. to enrol with the SRA prior to commencing the LPC.

Please read the SRA revisions documentPDF icon

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.

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
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