Postgraduate PG Dip

Legal Practice Course

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    City Campus
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    1 Year
  • Start date


    19 Sep 2022

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

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. Our GDL course and our LLM version meet this requirement.

In addition, the route to qualification as a solicitor is changing. If you're starting this course in September 2021, you'll have the option to qualify as a solicitor under the existing route, or the via Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) during the ‘transitional period’. After which, different provisions apply. For full details of the transitional period and the new SQE, please see the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) published guidance. Further information can be found by visiting additional SRA web pages Solicitors Qualifying Examination and Common Protocol on the Academic Stage of training. You may also find some helpful information in the Law Society of England and Wales guide to the SQE.

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.

Why study Legal Practice at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 100% of legal practice graduates were 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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