Manchester Metropolitan University Legal Practice Course Review
The Manchester Metropolitan University Legal Practice Course is a thorough and rigorous vocational training program which aims to provide practical skills students need to secure and complete a training contract. The emphasis of the MMU LPC is to fully equip students for their legal practice through interactive methods that combine traditional lectures with workshops and virtual e-learning activities.
The MMU LPC has been top-rated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in all aspects and categories of the LPC as “commendable.” And no wonder since they actively provide pastoral, academic, practical and careers support to their students. They also provide a lot of pro bono activities where MMU LPC students can gain legal work experience. All this effort was designed to help students obtain a training contract and to succeed in their chosen field of legal work.
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Manchester Metropolitan University LPC Contact Details
To find out more details about the MMU LPC contact them by:
telephone +44 (0)161 247 3047
To obtain an application form contact:
The School of Law
Manchester Metropolitan University
Sandra Burslem Building
Lower Ormond Street
Manchester M15 6HB
Tel: +44 (0)161 247 3047 / 2784
For further information about the LPC such as Open Days or facilities, contact:
The LPC administration team
Tel: +44 (0)161 247 3047/3054
MMU LPC Facilities
The MMU LPC is taught in a modern dedicate law school building, the Sandra Burslem which is situated near the heart of Manchester’s vibrant legal community. It is also quite near the University’s sports facilities and the Students’ Union.
The Sandra Burslem Building which houses the MMU LPC has a dedicated resources rooms, base rooms that have innovative E-learning technology. It is exclusively for the use of MMU LPC students and boasts of extensive practitioner texts, photocopying facilities, personal computers, plug-in points for students’ laptops.
Since the use of technology is vital to student training, MMU LPC students can also access the IT facilities to complete online tutorials, to prepare for workshops, to produce assessments and to carry out legal research via CD-ROMs or legal databases.
Manchester Metropolitan University LPC Online Learning
MMU LPC emphasizes face-to-face teaching through large group lectures which are then followed by in-depth interactive teaching in practical workshop using online learning tools. Students are provided with paper copies of teaching materials and course manuals but these are supplemented by interactive electronic facilities.
MMU LPC emphasizes direct face-to-face teaching in small, interactive workshops. But when doing their private study and private course work preparation, students have unlimited access to electronic and online practitioner reference texts which may be accessed electronically off campus. Online learning merely supplements and reinforces the face to face teaching in the interactive small group workshops. Online tutorials in the Core Practice Areas are also available.
Manchester Metropolitan University LPC Distance Learning
There is no dedicated distance learning programme for the LPC but students have remote round the clock access to the online resources so that they can prepare for sessions whenever and wherever they are.
Manchester Metropolitan University LPC Electives
The MMU LPC offers the following electives for Stage 2 of the LPC:
- Advanced Criminal Litigation
- Corporate Practice
- Commercial law
- Commercial Litigation
- Commercial Property
- Employment law
- Family Practice
- Immigration law
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Housing Law and Welfare Benefits
- Wills, Probate and Administration of estates.
Manchester Metropolitan University LPC Study Hours
At the MMU LPC, the aim is to give students a 3-day teaching week throughout the course. Stage 1 of the full-time LPC begins in September until February; Stage 2 begins in February and ends in June Stage. The part-time MMU LPC begins Stage 1 September and runs until February; Stage 2 begins in February and runs until June for the first year and then on the second year, learning begins in September and ends in December.
A full-time student at MMU LPC receives 12 to 15 hours teaching per week. This does not include time for private preparation for the teaching sessions, and completion of online tutorials. Attendance at all sessions is compulsory except for careers development sessions which are voluntary. Wednesdays are generally free of teaching.
A part-time MMU LPC student receives 6-7 hours teaching per week. The teaching takes place in small- group workshops and does not include private preparation for teaching sessions and completion of online tutorials. Attendance at all sessions is compulsory except careers development sessions which are voluntary.
The assessments by examinations on the Core Practice Areas are spaced throughout the course. Skills such as Interviewing and Advising and Advocay are are assessed orally. Drafting and Practical Legal Research are assessed by written coursework. Mock assessments are also given to prepare students for the formal assessments.
Manchester Metropolitan University LPC Admission Requirements/ Application
Applicants for the full-time MMU LPC should be made via the Central Applications Board but applicants for the part-time LPC must be made directly to MMU. The part-time MMU LPC is always very popular and applicants must apply well in advance to secure their place.
Applicants must have satisfied the Solicitors Regulation Authority that they have completed the academic stage of their training through a LLB with at least 2:2 honours or through the GDL. But the MMU LPC also welcomes mature students with a background in legal practice.
They must submit evidence of the completion of the academic stage of their training; and they must have registered as students with the SRA and paid the registration fee.
Manchester Metropolitan University LPC Fees
The MMU LPC fees are almost 20% cheaper than some other LPC providers in the area. MMU LLB or GDL graduates qualify for a 10% discount on fees.
The Full-time MMU LPC costs: £8,400
The Part time MMU LPC costs: £8,400
MMU LPC requires a deposit of £200. But fees may be paid in full upon enrollment or in 4 separate installments to be paid upon acceptance, in December, January and April.
Manchester Metropolitan University LPC Open Days
Please contact the MMU LPC Administrator for information on Open Days or to book a place on a tour of the facilities.
Manchester Metropolitan University LPC Careers Service
MMU LPC presumes that a majority of applicants do not yet have a training contract and so they support their students’ careers:
- By providing advice and assistance through the University Careers Service;
- By hosting careers workshops where LPC students can hone their CV writing skills and interview techniques.
- By scheduling a one-on-one appointment for each student with a dedicated careers officer who gives students individual help with their applications.
- By listing students on the MMU LPC’s training contract database and informing them about vacancies;
- Scheduling guest speaker events from local legal practitioners;
- Hosting work-placement schemes with mentors from local legal practitioners;
Manchester Metropolitan University LPC Additional Information
MMU LPC has a Mentor Scheme with a trainee solicitor from a local legal firm who will give pastoral and academic support.
MMU LPC students also benefit from the University’s counseling and learner development facilities.
MMU LPC students are also offered a variety of opportunities to undertake pro bono work through:
- Partners of Prisoners where students give legal advice to families of prisoners.
- Partners of Prisoners helpline through which students give legal advice to prisoners themselves by phone calls or email.
- Manchester Mediation Service where students host mediation meetings and help in resolving disputes between neighbours.
- Amicus , a national organisation where students go to America and work as interns on capital cases.
All of the pro bono schemes are oversubscribed and students must go through a selection process before they can participate in them.
The MMU LPC can also be topped off by a legal research module in order to be credited towards an LLM in Legal Practice.
Manchester Metropolitan University Legal Practice Course Review – What do you think?
What do you think of the Manchester Metropolitan University Legal Practice Course? Here’s what one student says of the MMU LPC:
“My tutors were great, they were the best thing about the course. Their support was incredible – academically, in pastoral care and for careers advice. Their own legal backgrounds and experience came through in their teaching, which was important for a professional skills course – it meant you could see how the areas we were learning about worked in practice and were more ‘real’.”
Alex Hampshire – LPC Student 2010
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