Northumbria University Legal Practice Course Review
If you have not yet obtained a training contract and you desire on-the-job training alongside your LPC to fully prepare you for your legal career, then choosing to take your Legal Practice Course at the Northumbria University Law School may be you’re a good choice. Established in 1969, Northumbria University Law School has been providing a solid legal education for forty years. Its Legal Practice Course has obtained the highest possible ranking from the Solicitors Regulation Authority in six areas of assessment.
Face-to-face learning is highlighted by an approachable teaching staff comprised of leading practitioners in the North East. This face-to-face learning is supplemented by modern e-learning facilities and enhanced by interactive lectures and presentations. The Northumbria University LPC program offers comprehensive academic preparation that also exposes students to opportunities to apply the legal education they obtained. For prospective students who do not yet have a training contract, signing up with the Northumbria University LPC this year entitles them to one of two options: to undertake unpaid training at a law firm or undertake a professional legal mentoring program.
The Northumbria University LPC offers to students the choice between the General Practice and Commercial Practice routes for Stage 1 of the LPC and in Stage 2, there is a wide range of electives. In depth-revisions are built-into the program schedule. Students my likewise opt to complete a LLM in Advanced Legal Practice alongside their LPC.
Lecture schedules and sessions are flexible. Full-time students may opt for a four-day or two-day schedule. These are held in the building of the Northumbria Universtiy School of Law and LPC students are given free access to the University’s other facilities such as the library and the sports centre.
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Northumbria University Law School’s Contact Details
For queries regarding programmes, events, schedules and application requirements, or should you have a general enquiry about the Northumbria University LPC, you may contact them at:
School of Law
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: +44 (0)191 227 4494
Website: Northumbria University LPC
Northumbria University LPC Facilities
In 2007, a new law building was built which now houses 3 spacious lecture theatres and 30 seminar rooms. They also have a fully equipped courtroom which enables students to practice what they have learned. Students have easy access to computers and printers and the law library which are all in the law school building itself. The law library owns a large selection of reference titles, textbooks, law journals and law reports.
Northumbria Law School LPC boasts of a fully validated Student Law Office where students can meet, interview and advise real clients with real legal problems. Training in the Student Law Office is an elective course which may be chosen by students in Stage 2 of their Legal Practice Course.
The Northumbria University LPC has launched a thrilling and innovative research project which seeks to explore the effective use of iPads as a teaching and learning tool in professional legal education especially in the field of legal research and legal drafting. As part of this project each LPC student will be given an iPad as part of their enrollment package and it will be theirs to keep until the conclusion of the Legal Practice Course to use in their class work.
The Northumbria Law School has around 100 teachers on their academic teaching staff. The size of the staff allows students not only to enjoy live lectures in big groups but also enjoy seminars in small groups of at least 16 students. The teaching staff represents a wide and
varied range of fields of legal practice. There are solicitors, part-time judges and barristers on the staff and this assures students specialised teaching in a varied number of electives.
Northumbria University LPC Online Learning
No online learning is offered for the Legal Practice Course. Emphasis is given on live, face-to-face teaching through lectures, seminars, conferences and mentor-counselling at Northumbria Law School LPC.
Northumbria University LPC Distance Learning
There is no distance learning option for the Northumbria Law School LPC. Since part of the LPC involves practical hands-on training, distance learning is not offered as an option.
Northumbria University Legal Practice Course Electives
Stage 2 of the Northumbria Law School LPC offers students ten weeks of in-depth study in three electives of their choice depending on whether they choose a General or Commercial route in Stage 1. Among the electives regularly offered are:
- Advanced Advocacy*
- Child Care
- Family Law
- Employment Law
- Law & the Elderly Client
- Housing Law
- Mental Health Law
- Planning and Environmental Law
- Student Law Office*
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Leases
- Sales and Acquisitions
- Intellectual Property
- Corporate Finance
- Advanced Insolvency
(*There is a cap on the number of students admitted for the Advanced Advocacy and Student Law Office.)
Law as a Business is offered as a new elective. It is a six-hour series of lectures designed to impart practical knowledge and understanding of the business operations of a successful law firm. This preparation will help boost students’ confidence during interviews as they are kept abreast of business issues and problems unique to the business side of the practice of law.
Northumbria University LPC Study Hours
The full time LPC takes one year to finish: Stage 1 is taught from September to January and Stage 2 LPC from February to May. The compulsory core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation are taught and assessed in Stage 1, along with the skills of legal writing, interviewing and advising, drafting, research and advocacy. Solicitors’ accounts and professional conduct and regulation are also taught and assessed during Stage 1.
Northumbria Law School LPC offers Stage 1 in two alternative routes, General Practice and Commercial Practice. These alternatives allow the students to concentrate on the area of legal practice they desire to specialize in under during their training contract. While the compulsory core subjects are given in both the General and Commercial Practice routes, the emphasis given in each are different. In the Commercial Practice route, students are prepared for work in large partnerships or companies. The General route emphasizes criminal litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution as it is designed to prepare students for a small or medium-sized general practice dealing with individuals or smaller businesses. It would do well to note that majority of training contracts are available in commercial firms so if this is the area you want to specialize in, the Commercial route in Stage 1 will work best for you.
Most students endeavour to fund their LPC by doing legal work at the same time and Northumbria University School of Law understands this and offers flexible learning schedules.
Full time LPC
The full-time LPC at Northumbria Universtiy Law School runs both as a full-time course over 34 weeks, beginning early September until mid-June but the students may choose between a 2-days a week or a 4-days a week schedule and still complete the LPC Stage 1 full-time. The same option of a 2-day or 4-day weekly schedule is available in Stage 2 of the LPC.
The 2-day a week schedule runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am-6pm. But please note that when you choose a full-time 2-day weekly schedule, required preparation time for the sessions, career planning sessions and mock examinations also take place outside of the 2-day weekly schedule.
In 2001, the Northumbria University LPC part-time route was validated. It runs over two years with a one day weekly schedule – on Wednesdays in year 1 and on Tuesdays in year 2. Taking the part-time route may take you longer to complete your LPC but there may be less time pressure and this may enable you to undertake a training contract while completing the LPC.
Whether you choose the full-time or part-time LPC route, still, both the three-week Christmas vacation and three-week Easter vacation periods are earmarked for revision.
Northumbria University LPC Admission Requirements / Application
Applications for a slot on the full-time Northumbria Law School LPC can only be made through the Central Applications Board (CAB) from October through early December. Application forms available for download at their website.
Applications for a slot on the part-time LPC should be made on the standard Northumbria University application form which will be returned to the Law Admissions.
All students applying for the LPC are required to register with the Law Society prior to enrollment.
Northumbria University LPC Fees
Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees for the 2011/2012 academic year are:
Full time LPC: £8,880
Part-time LPC: £4,440
(*The programme fees cover all materials and textbooks required for the course and give access to a wide range of online resources. But this does not include the Law Society Registration fee of £110. )
Northumbria University LPC warmly encourages its GDL students to continue studying with them to complete their LPC. Those students who have completed their GDL at Northumbria Law School and want to continue with their LPC there get a discount on the LPC package and will need to pay only £6400.
Northumbria Law School LPC Open days
Once a student has applied for placement in the LPC there are events where you can view the building, meet the staff and even take part in lectures, mock court sessions and workshops to get a feel of the atmosphere before you make your final decision. There is an Open Event scheduled on November 25, 2011 at 1pm. Also there are lectures scheduled as open events in the months of December 2011, January and February 2012. For more details on the topics, venue and time contact the law school direct.
Northumbria Law School LPC Career Service
The Northumbria Law School LPC itself offers specialised advice on careers as the lecturers are experienced in private commercial and legal aid firms. They have solid links with local law firms as well as law firms in other cities including London. It also offers career support by holding practice interviews, career presentations and events during the year.
The University Career and Employment Service offers career support in applying for training contracts, career assessment, psychometric testing, and interview techniques.
Several firms in the North East offer Northumbria University LPC students the option to undertake unpaid work experience by placing them in law firms where they report for work once a week. Placement allocations are given in early September and are open mainly for those LPC students who do not yet have a training contract. The goals of the guaranteed placement scheme are: to give LPC students exposure to legal practice, to gain actual work experience they can list in their CVs, and to gain contacts in the legal world.
An alternative to the guaranteed placement is the professional mentor scheme. The LPC students are assigned to a mentor, usually a trainee or a newly qualified solicitor in practice, who will assist and guide them in the challenging task of preparing their CV, scouting for firms to apply to for a training contract, and tackling the interview. The mentor can then give the LPC students insights into the work expected under a training contract.
Professional mentors are not limited to trainees and newly qualified solicitors. There are also mentors who work as in-house counsel, trademark attorney and local council lawyers.
Northumbria Law School LPC Additional Information
Completing the Northumbria Law School LPC allows students the opportunity to also accomplish a Master’s Degree (LLM) in Advanced Legal Practice. This benefits the students by developing specialized knowledge through legal research. The LLM can be completed in 12 to 18 months when studied alongside the LPC.
Northumbria University Law School LPC Review — What do you think?
What do you think of the Northumbria Law School LPC?
Here are some comments from LPC students of the Northumbria University Law School that we found on their website:
Jodine Teasedale: “I found the staff at the university to be very understanding of students on part-time.”
Melissa McCormick: “The LPC at Northumbria Law School is a well structured and enjoyable course. The practical focus of the course helps you understand and begin to discover what life will be like as a trainee solicitor rather than being a purely academic course.”
Alex Craig: “Extra support was always available where needed and the courses provided me with an excellent grounding for my career as a solicitor.”
Michelle Dixon: “The GDL and LPC are well organised with good materials and approachable staff. There were interesting e-lectures offered.”
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