Legal Practice Course
Key Course Facts
Northumbria’s LPC provides vocational training across a range of subjects and practical skills, which enables you to apply your legal knowledge in a practical context. This highly successful course offers flexible learning options to allow you to choose a specialism that is right for you.
All LPC students are guaranteed either a placement with a legal firm or a mentor, who is a recent LPC graduate either undertaking a training contract or a newly qualified solicitor. Our placements offer a range of opportunities and can accommodate individual preferences in legal practice. These can include placements in small or large firms, commercial or high street firms or in-house with companies such as Virgin Money and Sage group.
The course has a high staff/student ratio meaning you will have regular contact with highly qualified and experienced practitioners.
The course is taught in two blocks: in stage 1, the three core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation are taught and assessed, along with Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors' Accounts and Professional Conduct. The skills of Legal Writing, Interviewing and Advising, Drafting, Research and Advocacy, are taught and assessed in the context of the core subjects.
In stage 2, you will choose three elective modules which you will decide on in consultation with your tutors, ensuring your LPC is tailored according to your interests and career plans.
Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.
Dean's Awards - LPC Northumbria Law School is pleased to announce that we have established a Dean's Awards Fund to provide scholarships of up to £1,000 for selected applicants for the 2018 LPC and LLM LPC intakes.
Solicitors Regulation Authority Studying law? Or thinking of studying law? Thinking of becoming a solicitor?
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020.
This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.
If you have already started your law degree or an exempting law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system.
Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. The academic stage is achieved by either a) a qualifying law degree or b) a non law degree in a different subject and completing the Common Professional Examination. The vocational stage comprises:
the Legal Practice Course
a two year period of recognised training
the Professional Skills Course
So what will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?
having a degree or equivalent
two stages of the SQE assessment
having a two year period of work experience
meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor
The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Graduate Degrees Business and Economics
- Graduate Degrees Design, Science, Engineering
- Graduate Degrees Humanities
- Graduate Degrees Law
- Undergraduate Degrees Engineering, Science and Technology and Computing
- Undergraduate Degrees Health, Education, Business, Art and Design
- Undergraduate Degrees Law, English and Humanities
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Legal Practice Course, LLM.
Applicants should normally have:
A Qualifying Law Degree awarded at a minimum of a 2:2 honours, or a GDL qualification, both awarded less than 7 years ago.
Relevant professional qualifications or suitable experience will also be considered.
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of Northumbria University in top UK and global rankings.
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About Northumbria University
Northumbria University was founded in 1969 in the small city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle has been named as the best UK student city in Student Hut’s league table for multiple consecutive years, based on the music festivals, nightlife, and attractions that there are for young people in the city. Northumbria University prides itself on being a comprehensive institution, deliberately offering thirty of the most frequently selected subjects for study. They also pride themselves on delivering these programmes at a standard that has gained recognition from global ranking systems.
Student composition of Northumbria University
Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|LLM Legal Practice Course LLM||BPP University||-||-||-||£13930||£13930||-||Manchester||On campus Part-time|
|Legal Practice LLM||University of Sunderland||-||-||-||£9750||£9750||-||Sunderland||On campus Full-time|
|LLM Legal Practice (Top-up) LLM||London Metropolitan University||-||-||-||£530||£530||-||London||On campus Part-time|
|Legal Practice LLM||University of Central Lancashire||-||-||-||£10500||£10500||-||Preston||On campus Full-time|
|Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting LLM||Swansea University||-||-||-||£7400||£9950||-||Swansea||On campus Part-time|
|Legal Practice Course LLM||City University London||-||-||-||£15050||£15050||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|LLM in Legal Practice LLM||Bournemouth University||-||-||-||£12000||£14000||-||Poole||On campus Full-time|
|Legal Practice - LLM LLM||London Metropolitan University||-||-||-||£1500||£1810||-||London||On campus Part-time|
|LLM Legal Practice Course (LPC) MSc||University of Derby||-||-||-||£1170||-||-||Derby||On campus Part-time|
|LLM Legal Practice LLM||Birmingham City University||-||-||-||£5500||-||-||Birmingham||On campus Part-time|