Postgraduate PG Dip

Legal Practice Course

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    1 Year
  • Start date

    13 Sep 2021

Completing this course will part fulfil the vocational stage of your training to qualify as a solicitor. Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, it meets the authority's training requirements and covers a range of legal subjects prescribed by the professional body.

Your learning will focus on realistic case studies and you will take part in workshops that explore the challenges of professional practice. You will be taught by a team of academic staff who are qualified lawyers with wide-ranging professional experience. Their expertise will feed into your learning and they will be able to support you through a variety of option modules as you start to explore particular areas of interest.

As a student of Leeds Law School, you will be able to access a wide range of law textbooks online for free through Law Trove, a subscription-only service offered by Oxford University Press.

This course will provide credit points at masters level, and you could further enhance your future employability by completing a dissertation to secure a masters in law. You can find further details on our LLM Legal Practice Course page.

Please note, this course starts on Monday 28 September 2020 at 11am for both part-time and full-time students. All students will be required to attend workshops on four days that week from Monday 28 September until Thursday 1 October. Some of these workshops will be on campus and others will be online.

We are currently scheduling appointments for you to meet with other students and your academic advisor during the week commencing 21 September. You will also be provided with important course information and the course teaching and assessment calendar. Once this has been finalised, more details will be provided via the online course welcome pages, which you will access as part of your enrolment process.

Changes to legal education and training

Legal education and training has been subject to a detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review has examined the routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) no longer requires the study of a 'Qualifying Law Degree' (QLD), however, the study of what are referred to as the 'legal foundations of knowledge' is still required before the vocational stage of bar training. All our undergraduate law degrees meet this requirement. The changes to the routes to qualification as a solicitor are due to be finalised in the summer of 2020, with the introduction of those changes provisionally from September 2021 onwards.

Applicants and prospective applicants are invited to find out more about the changes at our open days and applicant days. In addition, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) have issued a common protocol for guidance. This can be found by visiting the SRA web pages Solicitors Qualifying Examination and Common Protocol on the Academic Stage of training.

Our course is delivered by qualified lawyers with significant professional expertise and experience. You will engage in activities designed to optimise your employment prospects and enhance professionalism.

All students on the LPC have a professional mentor - a legal practitioner in the local area who can provide practical support and advice during the period of study and provide work-based learning and career opportunities. Local law firms engage with us by teaching, leading career development sessions, acting as mentors and judging and providing prizes for a number of legal competitions.

"A well thought-out course with knowledgeable and personable tutors and a good amount of useful, practical work." (Phil Copley, student).

Why study Legal Practice at Leeds Beckett University...


  1. 100% of students from LLM in Legal Practice (LPC) in work or further study 15 months after graduating*
  2. Law Trove is an online service offered by Oxford University Press. This means all of our students will be able to access a wide range of law textbooks online and for free
  3. Take inspiration from our high-profile ‘Law in Practice’ guest lectures – with previous speakers including Labour Party Leader, Sir Keir Starmer QC MP and human rights campaigner Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE PC

* Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020


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