Postgraduate Master of Laws

LLM in Legal Practice (incorporating the LPC)

Train to become a solicitor on this master’s-level LPC (Legal Practice Course). An LPC fulfils part of the vocational requirements to qualify as a solicitor, as set by the SRA.

LLM in Legal Practice (incorporating the LPC)

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    1 Year
  • Start date

    18 Sep 2023

Training requirements to qualify as a solicitor
This is the full LPC master’s course and forms part of the vocational stage of training required if you wish to qualify as a solicitor. The Solicitors Regulation Authority recognises this course as meeting its training requirements and covering the necessary legal topics.

As part of your course, you’ll:

  • Study interactive workshops based on realistic case studies that explore the challenge of professional practice
  • Learn from a team of academic staff who are qualified lawyers with significant professional experience
  • Have a choice of option modules that will enable you to tailor your qualification to your areas of interest
  • Complete an extended written dissertation on a subject of your choice, with support from your tutors, during your Independent Legal Research Project

Learning to suit you
Designed to be as flexible as possible, this course will give you the option to study on campus or via online distance learning. If you choose our online distance learning delivery, you’ll be able to access our live LPC workshops anywhere in the world using Microsoft Teams. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend some on-campus sessions during key times such as induction, revision and for employability events.

Law Trove
You’ll 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.

Industry expertise
You’ll be taught by lawyers with extensive professional expertise who will provide practical support as you refine your skills. 

Mentor support
Your course will be focused on enhancing your employability and developing your professionalism. You’ll be paired with a professional mentor from the local legal community, who will provide practical support and professional guidance to help you excel in your course and progress in your career.

Professional links
Leeds is one of the UK's largest legal centres with a wealth of placement and job opportunities. You’ll be able to take advantage of the established professional networks we’ve built up over many years. Local law firms engage with us by teaching, leading career development sessions and judging and providing prizes for a number of legal competitions.

Changes to legal education and training

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

In September 2021, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) introduced the Solicitors Qualifying Information (SQE) as the route to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales.

There is a period of transition during which the LPC route to qualification remains.

An applicant’s eligibility to follow the LPC route is subject to the provisions of the SRA, and all applicants are responsible for ensuring they satisfy the SRA’s requirements for study and qualification via the LPC route.

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.

Why study a Master of Laws Legal Practice Course at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 100% of students from LLM Legal Practice were in work or further study 15 months after graduating*
  2. Law Trove - an online service giving you free access to over 200 legal textbooks, meaning you spend less, if anything, on textbooks
  3. Mentoring scheme - benefit from being paired with a professional mentor from Leeds’ legal or business community
  4. Law in Practice lectures - previous speakers including human rights campaigner Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, and Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer 
  5. Flexible study – choose to study full-time or part-time, on campus or distance learning

* 2018/19 graduating students, Graduate Outcomes

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you a high-quality educational experience. Once enrolled on our LPC programme, you’ll be able to elect to take all of your assessments on campus or online. You’ll be provided with further details as part of the course induction process.