The purpose of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) is to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to enable you to enter your training contract with confidence and to feel at home in the exciting, demanding and rewarding world of legal practice.
BU has successfully delivered the LPC since 1994. We are recognised by employers and students as a popular provider of high-quality professional legal education and training.
The course offers you the opportunity to study the course with us in one year full-time, or over two years part-time. To be awarded the LPC, you must successfully complete Stage One and three Stage Two.
The LPC is part of the training for those seeking to be admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. You must have completed the academic stage of training by obtaining a Qualifying Law Degree or a Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination.
Property Law & Practice: A general foundation for knowledge and skills required in a conveyance transaction which you can build on in subsequent practice.
Litigation: Gain an understanding of the civil and criminal litigation processes, and the ability to manage these processes in a professional practice context.
Business Law & Practice (including Business Accounts): A good understanding of substantive business law and the institutional and transactional features of business law pervade all areas of practice, and are essential for practitioners. Knowledge of business accounts is seen as underpinning a solicitor’s ability to advise business clients in practice.
Accounts & Regulation – Professional Conduct & Regulation and Solicitors Accounts: Get grounding in matters of professional conduct, ethics and financial services. You´ll gain an understanding of the Solicitors Accounts Rules 2011 in the context of systems and procedures which you will be exposed to in practice.
Legal Skills – Writing, Advocacy, Practical Legal Research, Interviewing & Advising, Drafting: You´ll learn to produce a coherent piece of writing based on facts, general principles and legal authority in a structured, concise and, where appropriate, persuasive manner; gain skills in court advocacy, understanding and practicing fact and law analysis and preparing and presenting a piece of advocacy; understand the need for thorough investigation of a client´s factual and legal issues, and the need for preparation and the best way to undertake it; appreciate interview techniques, particularly for assessing client goals and proposing solutions; and learn to accurately draft a range of documents assessing legal and factual issues.
Estate Management & Taxation – Wills & Administration of Estates, Taxation: Knowing about revenue law is seen as underpinning much of a solicitor’s working practice. Knowledge of probate, estate management and related work is essential to your legal profession.
Option units are taught between April and July each year. You can choose up to three of the following units*.
Commercial Property: Gain an insight into the type of work conducted by commercial property departments. You´ll be exposed to complex documentation commonly found in such an environment, and this will give you a good grounding in the procedures involved in this area.
Commercial Law: Appraise the various legal and regulatory regimes applicable to commercial and corporate transactions, including the possible impact of European Community Law and Taxation.
Advanced Litigation: Develop your tactical and analytical skills and knowledge in a professional litigation context. You´ll be introduced to areas of litigation practice including high-end commercial disputes, injunctions and clinical negligence.
Employment Law: This unit will introduce you to the sources of employment law and the types and definitions of a ´worker´. You´ll appreciate the rights of and remedies available to employees and other workers, and different methods of dispute resolution in professional and commercial contexts. You´ll also learn to assess employment problems, advise a client within the rules of professional conduct on a range of employment rights and to prosecute any claims arising from this, and appreciate the rights and obligations of the employer and employee and the consequences of their breach.
Family Law: Gain an understanding of the main areas of concern to a family solicitor and of the tactics and procedures involved in dealing with family matters.
Client in the Community: Develop a working knowledge law and practice in a field you´ll find yourself involved in on a daily basis when in practice. Practice areas covered include welfare benefits, homelessness & housing law, children’s proceedings and juvenile crime.
Private Client: An introduction to matters you´ll encounter within a private client department. You´ll gain knowledge and skills to build on in subsequent practice.
Completion of the LPC is a Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) requirement for anyone wishing to become a solicitor.
The BU LPC will give you a high level of interaction with professionally qualified staff in a realistic practice context. You will also have the opportunity to network with trainee solicitors and more senior members of the profession through our links with local firms, law societies, the Junior Lawyers Division and other bodies.
On completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for the LLM Legal Practice course, which is designed to further enhance your skills and knowledge base.
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