Typical Course Length
The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is a requirement for anyone who wishes to practise as a solicitor in England or Wales. This professional qualification is a key element in the vocational training to become a solicitor. The Solicitors' Regulation Authority sets standards for LPC providers and dictates the core structure of the course ensuring quality and consistency across providers.
At Aberystwyth you will develop the ethics, knowledge and skills required in legal practice by solving problems within a professional context. We have developed scenarios to ensure that you can respond to clients' legal requirements within the context of the professional and ethical structure of being a solicitor. Teaching is interactive and transactional involving large and small group sessions where you are expected to work in a variety of patterns to reflect the professional environment.
The teaching team in the Centre for Legal Practice are firmly of the view that a direct teaching approach is more beneficial to students. Consequently, we deliver a high level of face to face teaching, in excess of 400 hours over the course. This is far greater than many other providers who have moved towards 'Independent Learning Exercises' and online lectures. Small class sizes, a high level of face to face teaching and our open door policy are all designed to provide you with maximum support.
- Key Facts
- Course Details
The course starts in early September and ends in late June with breaks at Christmas, Easter and a reading week in the autumn.
The course is divided into three parts. In the first two weeks the Foundation Course introduces the knowledge base and skills you will use on the rest of the course.
The compulsory, skills and pervasive subjects, which are set by the Law Society, are taught in the second part of the course and the final 12 weeks are devoted to the study of three electives (from a selection) allowing you to specialise in your intended areas of practice.
When you successfully complete the course you will be awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Results will normally be released in July.
The Aberystwyth LPC: define your future. Pursuing the Aberystwyth LPC will provide you with the many tools required for practice as a solicitor. You will be able to start your training confident that you can make decisions on your own and work as part of a team to provide your client with sound and practical legal advice. At Aberystwyth you’re not just a number but a friend whom we want to help succeed. Whether you are coming to the Aberystwyth LPC directly from a degree or as a second career the course provides all you need to prepare you for the next stage in your training to become a solicitor.
Our LPC isn’t easy – none of them are – but we will provide excellent teaching, support and feedback to help you along the way. You will have access to the Law School's wealth of high quality legal resources, library, IT facilities and the National Library of Wales. We will give you the utmost assistance in securing a training contract and in moving on to the career that you choose.
Aberystwyth offers you a stunning environment in which to study and live. Our campus enjoys spectacular views of Cardigan Bay and the dramatic west Wales coast providing a superb backdrop for a relaxed lifestyle.
Whether you graduated with us or you’re from another university we think you’ll like what we have to offer and look forward to sharing the Aberystwyth LPC experience with you.
Aberystwyth Law School lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).
A Personal Experience
At Aberystwyth you won’t be just another face in the crowd but part of a small, close knit group of students. We foster a stimulating and friendly learning environment and aim to make your experience a very personal one by keeping groups small and the teacher to student ratio high.
A Distinguished Reputation
With the oldest Law Department in Wales, Aberystwyth has a long, reputable and varied experience of legal education. Aberystwyth Law graduates are represented in all levels and fields of the legal profession, government and industry.
Our LPC graduates are following this tradition by obtaining training contracts with a wide variety of firms across England and Wales from City firms to the High Street.
A Professional Approach
You’ll experience a variety of teaching staff, each bringing their own strengths to the programme. The core teaching staff are all solicitors experienced in delivering LPC programmes. To see our staff profiles visit www.aber.ac.uk/lpc/staff. We also use some of the Department’s respected academic staff and local practitioners to give guest lectures.
You’ll benefit from an excellent standard of teaching at Aberystwyth. We recruit and train our staff with your learning needs in mind. Our tutors write and deliver their own materials so you can benefit directly from their industry knowledge and experience. We operate an “open door” policy to encourage students to interact with staff outside of classes. When they are not teaching, all our tutors are available for academic assistance and careers advice.
We know that one of the big things on your mind is finding a training contract to complete your training. That is why, at Aberystwyth, you will find careers and probono sessions timetabled in your course. Our local contacts also ensure you have opportunities to gain experience in firms, local community agencies and county courts.
In choosing Aberystwyth you will become part of a much larger community with graduates and contacts all over the UK and the rest of the world. We have strong links with the Legal profession in England and Wales to ensure you have access to a variety of guest speakers, practical experience and training opportunities when you graduate.
A Resource Rich Environment
We provide you with dedicated facilities and administration for your LPC studies. The LPC is housed within the Centre for Legal Practice and benefits from an impressively outfitted Resource Centre set aside for use only by LPC students. The room is equipped with generous state-of-the-art IT facilities, practitioner support materials and a lounge area.
Students also have access to free printing and copying as well as tea and coffee in this area. You also have access to our well stocked Law Library and the National Library of Wales, one of only 5 copyright libraries in the UK.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.