The University of Wolverhampton

LPCLegal Practice Course ()

Why choose this course?

The Legal Practice course (LPC) aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor and to provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent practice as a solicitor.

This course, which can be studied full-time or part-time, is a key part of the vocational stage of training to become a solicitor for graduates or Members or Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives who have completed the academic stage of legal training.

The course emphasises and develops the skills which are required for a successful career in practice, and it must be successfully completed prior to the commencement of a training contract.

Read more about Law at the University of Wolverhampton.

What happens on the course?

At Wolverhampton Law School the LPC is structured to cater for students who wish to enter either general or commercial practice.

During Stage 1, which runs from September to February, you will study the core practice areas whilst developing key legal skills you will need in practice. You will then choose three of a range of elective subjects, either linked to your chosen career path or to keep your options open, during Stage 2 from March to June.

Stage 1 Compulsory Modules:

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation and Advocacy
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors' Accounts)

Legal Skills:

  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Drafting and Legal Writing

Stage 2 Electives (3 from the following choices):

  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Property Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Housing Law
  • Immigration and Welfare Law
  • Insolvency Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation

FULL TIME - Stage 1 Timetable – September 2016 - February 2017


10.00 – 13.00

Business Law and Practice (7LW054)

Weeks 2 – 20

14.00 – 16.00

Solicitors’ Accounts (7LW053)

Weeks 2 - 9


10.00 – 13.00

Property Law and Practice (7LW059)

Weeks 2 – 20

14.00 – 16.00

Skills Session

Weeks 2 – 8, 11 – 13 and 17


10.00 – 11.30

Probate (7LW061)

Weeks 2 – 7

13.00 – 16.00

Litigation (7LW060)

Weeks 2 – 20

PART TIME - Year 1 Stage 1 Timetable – September 2016 - February 2017


18.00 – 21.00

Property Law and Practice (7LW059)

Weeks 2 – 20


18.00 – 21.00

Litigation (7LW060)

Weeks 2 – 20


9.00 – 13.00

Skills tutorials

Weeks 5, 7 and 15

* There will be five Skills Assessments and the Solicitors’ Accounts Exam during Stage 1. These, together with a mock assessment opportunity are usually held on Fridays.

(Please note that the timetable is subject to change).

Why Wolverhampton?

The course is delivered through a mixture of large group sessions (where the whole student cohort is taught together), small group sessions (typically comprising 15-20 students), online video presentations and exercises, in-class role-playing and directed independent study.

The LPC is designed to give students a strong foundation for general legal practice. Therefore, equal weight is given to the core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation.

Vocational Electives are provided at Stage 2 of the course. The choice of electives offered provides a balance between 'High Street' private client and “Commercial” areas of practice.

The course can be studied full-time in the day or part-time day or evening basis (with occasional Saturday attendance) to meet students’ individual needs.

Students are provided with textbooks and practice-based materials for each element of the course.

LPC students have a specially designated resources room with access to practitioner texts and reference materials. You will also have access to on-line practitioner reference materials and resources, such as precedents, statutes and legal databases.

Students are supported in their search for employment with a dedicated Careers Tutor and a number of initiatives throughout the academic year. We have strong links with both local and national firms and are engaged with the local legal community. LPC students will have the opportunity to participate in Mentoring Schemes, to attend the University’s Law Careers Fair and to attend practitioner presentations and workshops.

You can apply and develop your legal knowledge and skills by volunteering as a student legal adviser in the University's acclaimed Legal Advice Centre, assisting members of the public with legal queries.

Our LPC has excellent academic staff and course teams who will make every effort to ensure that each student gets the support they need.

Once you have successfully completed your LPC at the University of Wolverhampton, you will be eligible to progress on to our LLM Professional Practice (top-up) degree course at a discounted course fee (£770 for the academic year 2016-17). You can commence your LLM immediately after completing your LPC.

What our students think

“I really enjoyed the Legal Practice Course (LPC). At first I was unsure about doing the course because of the cost but I am glad that I chose to do it now. The lecturers were very good and I gained practical knowledge that will help me in my training contract. I also made some great friends, there was such a mixture of people when I was studying but there was always a friendly atmosphere. Everyone was willing to help out. Since graduating, I've secured work at a firm in Walsall in Family Law. Without the LPC I would have been lost, the interviewing and advocacy skills that I learnt are invaluable when in practice. I was so nervous about talking in front of others before but now I have confidence to argue my points effectively.” Rebecca Taylor

“Thanks to Wolverhampton University I am on track to achieve my ambition of becoming a fully qualified solicitor. The LPC has been intense; but, extremely inspirational. The teaching staff are a credit to the University; they are truly committed, motivational and effectively apply their vast knowledge within their specialised fields in a practical manner. The positive environment in which I have studied, has enabled me to overcome any reservations I had of success and self-belief; overall I have had a very positive experience and would highly recommend the LPC at this institution to anyone wanting to engage in a career as a legal professional.” Harminder, Full Time LPC student 2015-16

The support on the LPC is one of the main reasons to do the course at the University of Wolverhampton,” explains Lucie. “From the administration to the course director, all the staff are friendly and experienced. They combine the vast knowledge they obtained whilst practising law, with a very approachable and affable way of teaching.

The goal for every student coming out of the LPC is to obtain a training contract with a firm of solicitors. This is not easy as competition is fierce for every contract that is available. Although I have not yet found a training contract, within a month of finishing the course I got a job with a firm of solicitors as a Conveyancing Assistant. The course has definitely helped me with my career as the knowledge you obtain on an undergraduate degree is nothing like the practical information you learn on the LPC.” Lucie Couchman

Career path

The LPC aims to prepare you for practice as a trainee solicitor. Students who subsequently decide not to go into legal practice will have acquired skills and knowledge that have a wide application in business, commerce and banking, particularly in areas that require knowledge of the law.

Successful completion of the LPC also gives students the opportunity to progress on to the Master’s degree in Professional Practice at the University, which leads to the award of an LLM. Read more about the LLM Professional Practice.

Read more about legal employment opportunities.

What skills will you gain?

You will gain a Diploma in Legal Practice qualification. In addition, you will develop professional and practical legal skills and knowledge that will enhance your employability in the legal sector, as well as in the business sector.

Who accredits this course?

Our LPC is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Entry requirements

Students must hold a law degree approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”), or have passed either the Common Professional Examination / Graduate Diploma in Law or have otherwise satisfied the academic stage of training as required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Applicants are currently no longer required to enrol as a student member of the SRA. Applicants have a duty, however, to declare any character issues that could affect their suitability to practice as solicitors to the SRA. Students should check the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s guidance for the most up to date information and guidance on what constitutes a character issue and any requirements for student enrolment.

Students who have completed Stage 1 of the LPC at another LPC provider may apply for Stage 2 or part of Stage 2 and will be usually be accepted subject to places being available.

In addition, students are required to obtain a copy of the training regulations from the Solicitors Regulation Authority as early as possible.

Students should also have a good standard of written and spoken English

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,800 £12,200

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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