About the course
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Nottingham Law School has a reputation that is second to none. The course has continuously received the highest possible grading from the Solicitor's Regulation Authority of commendable practice in every area of the course.
Why you should study the LPC at Nottingham Law School
At Nottingham Law School (NLS) we are confident that our 2014 LPC will provide you with the best training currently available. Our knowledge of the legal employment market, our careers expertise and our experienced and supportive teaching staff will help you get your career 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 Solicitor's Regulation Authority of commendable practice in every area of the course.
There are many reasons to choose to study the LPC with NLS:
- 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.
- 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.
- NLS are 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.
- At present we offer the LLM Legal Practice DL as a 'top-up' to the LPC which allows you to leave NLS with a Master's degree. We are currently working on further enhancements to this aspect of the course for the LPC for 2014 entry.
- We are introducing a new elective – 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 Clinic 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.
- We provide practical experience: the Bridge to Practice module will ensure you hit the ground running at the start of your career.
- Additional workshops are available to our students including Commercial Awareness training.
- Scholarships are available and we also offer a discount to current NLS LLB and GDL students who progress directly onto the LPC.
- Studying with NLS 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.
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.
Why choose this course?
- An iPad will be provided for each LPC student to enhance your learning experience and use of online sources. Find out what your fee includes (Terms and conditions apply).
- Our dedicated careers team will provide guidance and support to help you secure a training contract and any other form of legal employment.
- The number of graduates obtaining a training contract or paralegal work is consistently high.
- You will receive face to face teaching and you will be allocated a personal tutor who will look after your pastoral care while studying the LPC.
- You will benefit from a supportive atmosphere in the Law School and will also benefit from the facilities available at a large university campus. There is a wide variety of sporting and other activities you can participate in and additional courses are available e.g. language courses.
- Students who take the whole of our LPC after successfully completing a GDL, with Nottingham Law School or another provider, can apply for the award of a Graduate LLB* which is received after your successful completion of the LPC, to recognise your achievement. (Students coming through the ILEX route may also be eligible).
- After completing this course you can top-up your credit points and gain an additional LLM Legal Practice.
*Please note that those students who are exempt from some of the GDL subjects may not be eligible for a Graduate LLB.
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.
The SRA has guidance for LPC students and providers on meeting SRA enrolment deadlines. It is important you check the SRA website regularly to ensure you comply with current requirements and deadlines.
LPC students starting in September 2014 will shortly be able to register using the SRA's online enrolment system.
Student enrolment is the process by which potential LPC students:
- show they have satisfied the academic stage requirements and are therefore eligible and sufficiently qualified to continue to the vocational stage of training,
- show by passing the Suitability Test that they are of the appropriate character to continue to the next stage of training on the route to becoming a solicitor, and
- bring them within the regulatory regime of the SRA.
As part of the work that the SRA are currently undertaking on Training for Tomorrow, the Education and Training Unit have put forward proposals to simplify the training regulations.
Within these proposals, the SRA will be consulting on the removal of the requirement for students to apply for a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage of Training (CAST), and Student Enrolment (SE) from the SRA prior to commencing the LPC.
We will update this information as soon as the SRA consultation is completed. Further details will be included in our offer pack.
If you have any queries about this course please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
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Please see the Applying
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.
It may be that you know right from the start what sort of practice you are heading for; you might have a sponsoring firm that has made that clear for you. You might just be really certain what you want to do, or you might want to keep your options open as to what type of law you end up in. It may be that you can only decide when you've seen some really practical law in action.
Either way we have a pathway to suit you, and we deliver the differences in the way we tailor the skills tuition. You don't have to decide in advance – you can start the course and then make the decision. So you can select skills pathways which advance your core knowledge in a way that is suited to you.
Our flexible LPC pathway (the blue route on the chart ) allows for a cross section of skills training which advances your knowledge in a variety of legal environments, and gives you a sound basis for the widest variety of practices.
Alternatively you can choose one of our more specialist skills pathways (the green routes ). These are tailored to either practice in commercial firms or the provision of law with a distinct publicly financed angle.
If you are certain that you want to work in City / Commercial practice, then the corporate pathway (the red route ) allows for the whole of your LPC to be geared that way, culminating normally in the three corporate electives.
View the structure of the new LPC: your LPC, your choice
How will I be assessed?
Assessments are designed to integrate with the course as a whole. We assess each stage of the LPC's content by assessments at the end of that stage, in January / February and in May / June. You will be assessed in each skill, designed to establish competence, on a competent / not competent basis. You will be assessed by examination in each of the three compulsory and elective subjects (your own prescribed materials being allowed in the exams).
We are able to offer flexible timetabling for the LPC Stage One modules (these modules take place between September and February). Students can elect to study either in the morning or afternoon. Once you have accepted your offer you should complete the Preference Form below.
Please note that while Nottingham Trent University will make every effort to accommodate your timetable preference we do not guarantee that you will be timetabled according to your preference or that your teaching will be limited to the times indicated on the Preference Form.
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.
Further details about elective options
To enable us to plan for elective options, once you have accepted your offer you will be able to choose which electives you think you would like to study with us. There will be an opportunity for you to change your elective choices once you start the LPC.
There is also an option to choose your preferred timetable sessions - morning or afternoon. Once you have accepted your offer please complete the preference form for both elective and timetable options. Electives and timetable preference form for 2014 entry
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 study?
For Stage One, you will mostly receive face-to-face class contact. You will always have the opportunity to attend live lectures, however these will be video and audio recorded to allow you to view later or as part of your revision. Live lectures normally take place in the middle of each day. Sometimes we will lecture by IT remote delivery, but only if it suits the task.
Small group sessions normally take place in the morning or afternoon, Monday to Thursday each week. Fridays are generally kept free to allow for independent study and preparation.
Your future career
We have a dedicated careers 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 Careers and Recruitment Service 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.
- We use the expertise gained from our MBA programme to develop your commercial awareness, 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
Continuing professional development
Nottingham Law School also offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.
There are opportunities to get involved with pro bono projects and Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Clinic, which enable you to gain practical legal work experience.
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.
Applicants should ensure that their referee provides 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
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Please note the following information for applicants