Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Course Overview

The Swansea Legal Practice Course is a professional practical course that develops important practice skills and confidence for a successful career in law in England and Wales. Consistently rated as excellent by both students and external organisations in support of students the Swansea Legal Practice Course represents the best of innovation in professional legal education.
The Swansea LPC is known for the excellence of its pastoral care and support of students and personal tutors provide best practice guidance for personal development and training.

Key Features

The course is offered full and part-time and is staffed by a dedicated team of friendly and supportive professionals with extensive experience of legal practice. We operate with dedicated teaching facilities and a practitioner Resource Room with full network access to extensive electronic legal practitioner resources. Students at Swansea participate in Street Law and have the advantage of valuable networking opportunities and work experience placements supported by the course team. 

Designed for Law and GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) graduates.

This course is the compulsory course for those wishing to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Taught by experienced Solicitors and Barristers who bring with them a wealth of experience from practice.

The LPC will commence enrolment on the 9th September 2016 and the course will commence on the 12th September 2016.

Full time Course – 1 year September – June

Part –Time Course – 2 years September – June in each year

Students at Swansea are encouraged to adopt a professional attitude, become business focused and treat the course as a ‘dry run’ of the first year of their training contract with the professional tutors adopting the roles of supervising partners within the firm of Caswell Clyne set up by the course team. Preparation for practice takes place within a supportive but professional environment with a key emphasis on the development of business awareness and transferable skills.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Description

The LPC is taught in two distinct stages. Core subjects (Stage 1) and the elective subjects (Stage 2).

Stage 1 – Core Subjects

>Business Law and Practice

>Property Law and Practice

>Litigation (Criminal & Civil)

>Wills and Administration of Estates

In addition to these subjects students will also have stand alone sessions in Professional Conduct & Regulation, Solicitors Accounts and Taxation.

These subjects are also taught pervasively throughout the other modules.

Stage 2 – Electives

Students can choose 3 of the following:

>Business Leases

>Family Law & Practice

>Employment Law

>Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

>Advanced Commercial Law

<Advanced Criminal Law

A unique feature of the Swansea LPC is that we deliver a separate skills course in addition to the skills being delivered pervasively. Students are able to build up a portfolio of skills in the following areas:

>Advocacy

>Interviewing & Advising

>Practical Legal Research

>Drafting

>Writing

These sessions have been designed to build confidence and practice essential skills in a friendly, professional and, ultimately, rewarding environment.

(The School of Law reserves the right to revise, alter or discontinue any module and it should be noted that not every elective module listed may be available every year and is dependent on amongst other things at least 6 students being willing to take the module)

Entry Requirements

We welcome students holding the following qualifications: 2:2 degree or above in Law. Degrees must be a qualifying law degree as specified by the SRA. We would also consider a third class degree subject to satisfactory interview. 

Students holding a Graduate Diploma in Law.

English Requirements:

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification such as the IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.

How To Apply

For the full time LPC applications are via the Central Applications Board (lawcabs)

For the Part-Time course applications should be made directly to the Postgraduate Admissions Office 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
PGDip Full-time £10,900 £12,800
PGDip Part-time £5,450 N/A

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees include all manuals and course materials and the LPC levy payable to the SRA. We do not charge an additional amount for examinations or resit examinations.

Part time structure

The part time programme is delivered on a Wednesday during the day and some Thursday evenings in Year 1 and Thursday day and some Wednesday evenings in Year 2.

The day mode of delivery requires you to attend with the full time students during the Foundation Course and then one full day each week with a separate evening when you will be taught independently of the full time students. The teaching materials are the same. You will need to attend for assessments which can take place on any day of the week including a Friday. All assessments are identical to those of the full time course.

College Bursaries for Full-time

 

16-17

Full time Stage 1 and 2 non SU/SM alumni

£10,600 Home and EU

£12,450 International

Full time Stage 1 and 2 SU/SM alumni and legal employees within Wales

£1,900

Full Time Stage 1 and 2 UoW alumni (other than SU/SM)

£1,800

Full time Stage 1 and 2 SU GDL alumni

£2,900

Part-time Stage 1 and 2 all categories

£5,300 per year of study - Home and EU

£6225 per year of study - International 

Bursary of £950 applies in the second year to Swansea students

LLM module

There is an additional cost of £1,750 for UK/EU students and £4,200 for International students.

NB International Students who are Swansea alumni receive a College Bursary equivalent to home and EU students but it is to be applied against the International student headline fee

If you meet the eligibility criteria for these bursaries they will automatically be applied on enrolment.

College Bursaries for Part-time

A College bursary to part-time LPC students in the sum £950 will be applied in the second year of the part-time LPC programme for Swansea University UG and GDL candidates only.

This means that the fee for the first year will not be discounted.

The fee for the second year will be subject to a £950 deduction against the headline rate.

*Applicants who are eligible for a College bursary are not eligible to hold other Swansea University awards. Applicants should give careful consideration as to whether a College or University bursary is more advantageous to them and decide accordingly

LPC Fees paid in Instalments

LPC Fees can be paid in instalments:

25% At enrolment (Less £350 deposit if paid)

25% 27th November

25% 29th January

25% 15th April

*Applicants who are eligible for a College bursary are not eligible to hold other Swansea University awards. Applicants should give careful consideration as to whether a College or University bursary is more advantageous to them and decide accordingly

Professional and Career Development Loan

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) are offered by a small number of high street banks for students on taught master’s degrees. You may be able to borrow between £300 - £10,000 and the Government pays your interest while you study. Repayments begin once you have finished your course (usually after 1-2 months), so you need to be confident that you will be able to repay the loan. Applications need to be submitted to your chosen bank at least 3 months before your course starts.

To order an application pack or receive further advice/information please call the PCDL helpline on 0800 585 505 or visit the direct.gov website.

If you are advised by a bank or the National Careers Service that the degree you are interested in is not registered on the Professional Career Development Loan list please let us know by emailing StudentFinance@swansea.ac.uk. If the programme is eligible we will then arrange for it to be registered.

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods are through large group and small group sessions.

The large group sessions are similar to lectures but are much more interactive. The small group sessions are similar to seminars however are highly practical and transactional replicating the work of a trainee solicitor in practice.

Students will effectively act for a client in a matter/case from start to finish and will develop the skills and knowledge to deal with situations that arise in practice.

Careers & Employability

The Swansea LPC has an established work placement programme and the majority of local firms participate in this with a high number of students securing paralegal positions and training contracts as a result of this scheme.

Assessments Methods

Assessments are through written examinations, written assessments and live skills assessments (advocacy and interviewing). 

Written examinations are held mainly at the end of Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the course together with assessments in Skills. The written examinations are usually ‘open book’ and students are allowed to take into the examination books and materials permitted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. 

To help you prepare for final examinations in Stage 1 you will have mock assessments in real examination conditions which provide valuable feedback and build confidence for the real examination. They also give an early indication of performance (enabling you to be proactive when applying for a training contract). 

Students must be able to work independently and as part of a team. 

StreetLaw

Access to legal knowledge does not just mean people obtaining legal representation when they are involved in a dispute or complex legal process. In order for people to understand their rights and responsibilities they must know and understand their legal rights. To address this aspect of pro bono work, Swansea LPC students have set up a Streetlaw programme.

Under this scheme students supported by their tutors, work with schools and community groups to identify legal concerns. The students then research the relevant material and ultimately present their findings to the partner groups in a user-friendly form. Through discussion, role-play and other interactive methods, students and the community group members both learn about the law in context.

Contact Details

For further information contact:

lpc@swansea.ac.uk

Tel: 01792 295913

Student Quote

Tom Lloyd

"Undertaking the LPC at Swansea University allowed me excellent access to tutors and a studying environment conducive to success. There were many work experience opportunities in a wide variety of areas of law, ranging from high street firms to the Welsh Assembly Legal Services Department".

Tom Lloyd