LPC Modules – What you will Study
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice is designed to give you an insight into how exactly law firms work.
This isn’t just in regards to legal knowledge; you will gain other valuable skills which are are key for working in a law firm.
These skills could be to do with finance, business and general management. You will soon find out that there are distinct differences in the academic law studied at university, and the law in practice.
The courses available should generally be the same, however there may be slight differences depending on if you study at the College of Law, BPP Law School, Kaplan Law or a university which offers the LPC.
LPC learning methods
The learning methods within the LPC are obviously going to be slightly different than you’re used to at university. They are focused on commercial awareness, drafting, and research in more of a professional environment than you may be used to at university.
You will actually be being taught by fully qualified lawyers. Most of the learning will take place by yourself via online tutorials & pod-casts provided by the college. Many of the institutions don’t actually have traditional lectures. Other teaching will be done face to face via learning workshops where you can discuss practical legal matters in a group environment.
The LPC is based around continual assessment. You will receive feedback from your tutor for all of your work to ensure you’re learning all the necessary skills. At the end of the course there will be open book exams. The exams are open book to test your research skills rather than memory.
As far as we’re aware this is the case in all institutions. You may sit each LPC exam 3 times before failing the course, however you do need to pass all of the modules. Some of your skills (like drafting) may be assessed by coursework or other methods, such as a presentation (for advocacy). Again, it depends on the institution.
LPC modules & course content
The LPC doesn’t just focus on areas of law. It also develops practical skills. You will learn the following skills during your LPC, however since you (or your firm) can select the exact content of the course individual experience may vary.
Core legal areas
You will learn the following key legal skills:
- Critical Thinking
And you will study the following compulsory modules:
- Business law
- Criminal law
- Property law
Optional legal areas
Here is where you can pick the modules that you want to go into professionally. Choosing the right modules are key, however if you have a training contract your future employers should give you lots of help with this. They may even pick the modules for you.
If you don’t have a training contract simply pick the areas of law that the law firms you are applying to practice.The importance of this stage can’t be overstated, if you don’t pick the right modules your chance of a training contract could be severely diminished.
The following areas of law can be studied:
- Commercial Law and IP
- Equity Finance
- Family Law
- Private Acquisitions
- Personal Injury and Negligence
- Commercial Litigation
- Criminal Litigation
- Insurance Law
- Media and Entertainment Law
- Commercial Property
- Debt Finance
Usually 3 of these electives must be studied during the second part of the course. Your final grade will be either a pass, commendation or distinction. You should obviously aim for at least a commendation to enhance your chances of getting a training contract. If you have a training contract you must pass the course; preferably with a commendation. For a more detail overview of the LPC course content, contact a course provider.