At Nottingham Law School (NLS) we are confident that our Legal Practice Course (LPC) will provide you with the best training currently available. Our careers expertise and experienced and supportive teaching staff will help you get your career as a solicitor off to a flying start. NLS has an excellent reputation within the legal profession. Our LPC has continuously received the highest possible grading from the SRA of commendable practice in every area of the course.
Why study the LLM LPC at Nottingham Law School?
- Study around work and family commitments
- Pay fees in stages, over two years to ease financial strain
- All our staff are experienced lawyers – many still practice - and students benefit from their practical knowledge.
- We teach in small groups to encourage student participation.
- Every student has a personal tutor. We get to know our students and support and encourage you in both your studies and in your employment applications at the start of your legal career.
- NLS are fully aware of the challenges for law students in the current legal employment market. We constantly review our courses to ensure that they provide our students with the qualifications, practical knowledge and experience employers are looking for.
- We have introduced a new elective – Advocacy – which will provide essential experience for anyone considering Higher Rights of Audience training.
- We offer an award-winning pro bono programme, including a Legal Advice Centre for the local community. Gaining practical legal experience gives you a head start when applying for jobs or training contracts.
- Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure a training contract or other legal employment. Applicants are invited to a careers event in June, before the LPC course starts, so that you can benefit from working with our successful careers team. The number of graduates obtaining a training contract or paralegal work is consistently high.
- We provide practical experience: the Bridge to Practice module will ensure you hit the ground running at the start of your career.
- Scholarships are available.
- Studying with NLS means that you have all the facilities a large Law School can offer plus the advantages of studying within a university environment which offers outstanding library, IT, support, sports, language and student union services.
We know that with a changing job market we need to provide relevant legal experience, networking events and careers support for our students to give you the head start that you require at the beginning of your career.
Successful completion of the course enables you to proceed to a training contract and then be admitted as a solicitor. The job market is very competitive and whether you come to Nottingham Law School with a 2.1 or a 2.2 we can add value to enhance your CV and increase your employability.
SRA Information - changes to Education and Training Regulations
The SRA has recently put in place proposals to simplify the training regulations.
These proposals have resulted in the removal of the requirements for students:
Please read the SRA revisions document
Please note that these changes could impact considerably upon you and it is your responsibility to ensure that you understand your revised obligations in respect of the LPC.
If you are in any doubt about how these changes affect you, please consult the SRA website.
LPC students are able to use all of the library and IT facilities of the University, in particular, the 24-hour access Boots Library. The Boots Library houses the entire Law Collection.
How you're taught
The course is studied on a part-time basis over two academic years. Year one (Stage One) comprises eight study weekends (Fri-Sun) and two separate five day blocks (Mon-Fri). Year two (Stage Two) comprises six/seven study weekends (Fri-Sun). For the most part, there will be no attendance requirements for Fridays, but you are recommended to set this day aside for preparation and viewing of Large Group Sessions (LGSs) and vodcasts. There may also be some assessment activities that are scheduled to take place on Fridays of a teaching weekend.
Course structure and content
The curriculum and structure of the course are partially prescribed by the SRA, as the course's external validating body.
2018/19 Year One
Year 1 teaching will take place over 8 weekends and 2 full weeks (Monday to Friday), between September and June. Assessments will take place in September.
2019/20 Year Two
Year 2 teaching will take place over 6 weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between October and April. Assessments will be in May/June. Course dates to be confirmed.
Having listened to student feedback, Nottingham Trent University have implemented a Lecture Capture procedure. Available in all teaching rooms that have a capacity of at least 50 students, significant investments have been made to provide our students with this audio-visual facility on all of our campuses. Where possible, the majority of lectures will be available for our students to access as recordings that are synchronised with presentation slides. This provides students with a great tool for recapping on lectures and revision.
How will I be assessed?
Assessments are designed to integrate with the course as a whole. We assess each stage of the LPC's content by assessments at the end of that stage. You will be assessed in each skill, designed to establish competence, on a competent / not competent basis. You will be assessed by examination in each of the three compulsory and elective subjects (your own prescribed materials being allowed in the exams).
Careers and employability
Your future career
We have a dedicated Employability Team who will support you in your search for a training contract; the number of Nottingham Law School graduates gaining a training contract or paralegal work is consistently high.
At Nottingham Law School we don't view the LPC in isolation. It leads to a training contract and we can provide the support required to give you the best possible start to your legal career:
- Our Employability Team provide seminars with advice about training contract applications and interview techniques.
- We will review your training contract applications and formulate individual career plans. We also provide a practical interview preparation service.
- We provide a mentoring scheme with trainees from local law firms to provide support and guidance and a personal view of what to expect from life in the profession.
- We use the expertise gained from our MBA programme to develop your commercial awareness, which provides a true bridge into practice.
- We maintain regular contact with firms specialising in all areas of law.
There are opportunities to get involved with pro bono projects and Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Clinic, which enable you to gain practical legal work experience.
Our aim is to provide reliable, high quality legal advice and information to the local community and individuals in need. It also provides practical experience for you to undertake your professional legal training at Nottingham Law School.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.