Postgraduate Master of Laws

Legal Practice Course

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    City Campus
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    1 Year
  • Start date


    13 Sep 2021

This is the full LPC masters 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.

The course will be delivered via interactive workshops based on realistic case studies that explore the challenges of professional practice. You will learn from a team of academic staff who are qualified lawyers with significant professional experience. They will provide practical support as you refine your skills, and their wide-ranging experience allied to a varied choice of option modules will enable you to tailor your qualification to particular areas of interest.

Your Independent Legal Research Project will see you complete an extended written dissertation on a subject of your choice with support from your tutors.

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.

Alternatively, you could choose to study for a postgraduate diploma in legal practice. You can find further details on our PG Dip Legal Practice 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.

 

You will be taught by lawyers with extensive professional expertise. Our close links with the legal profession in Leeds will enable you to widen your industry networks and enhance your employment prospects.

Your course will be highly focused on enhancing your employability and developing your professionalism. You will 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.

Leeds is one of the UK's largest legal centres with a wealth of placement and job opportunities. You will be able to take advantage of the established professional networks we have built up over many years. 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.

"During my course I always felt fully supported by tutors, who were easily contactable and always willing to help. Workshops were usually really interesting and engaging but also relaxed. I did the course part-time in the evening alongside full time-work, and tutors recognised this and worked with me to reach the lesson objectives efficiently." (Bryony Khan, student).

"Studying for my LPC at Leeds Beckett gave me a strong foundation for my career in law.  Being taught by knowledgeable and experienced lawyers meant I could draw from their practical experience, and get a real insight into day to day life as a solicitor. I found that as my knowledge grew, so did my confidence and I feel well prepared for my future career." (Anna Robinson, student).

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

 

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. You'll learn from qualified lawyers with significant professional expertise and experience
 

Legal Practice Course (LPC) student Sarina talks about her experience at Leeds Beckett.

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