Southampton Solent University Legal Practice Course Review
Southampton Solent University LPC in partnership with NCLT
The Southampton Solent University is one of the newest universities in the UK but it has consistently endeavoured to give their students not only a good learning experience but also assist them in starting their future careers. It has partnered with the National College of Legal Training in order to offer the Legal Practice Course at affordable rates and at study centres that are accessible to students.
The Southampton Solent University LPC is the product of the collaborative efforts between the NCLT and the Southampton Solent University. Both the full-time and part-time Legal Practice Course is available at the NCLT LPC Study Centre in Southampton Solent University.
The Southampton University LPC program sets itself apart from other LPC providers because its partnership with the NCLT assures students that they are getting the best education value for their hard-earned money. The NCLT LPC itself has been graded as excellent by the Legal Practice Board from 1996 to 2006. Since then, the NCLT has received the highest rating of “commendable practice.” So you can be sure that the low cost of its Legal Practice Course in no way compromises the quality of the legal education it provides.
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Southampton University LPC Contact Details
Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace
For enquiries regarding the part-time Southampton University LPC, contact the Student Support Centre, a centralized office that handles all enquiries regarding all the study centres of NCLT.
For general enquiries, you may call them at: 0121 362 7529
Or, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can write to:
National College of Legal Training
Student Support Centre
52-54 Victoria Road
Website: Southampton Solent University LCP
Southampton Solent University LPC Facilities
We are housed in a centrally located modern teaching block equipped with state of the art seminar and lecture rooms. The Law courses enjoy a bright, contemporary, well stocked law library and extensive IT facilities, including off campus internet access for our students to most of the major legal resources.
Upon enrollment, each student in the Legal Practice Course will be provided with Comprehensive Course Manuals & Materials and a set of preparatory notes containing student instructions and class notes for every workshop session. Course materials are provided in hard copy and in electronic format.
Each student will be assigned a personal tutor upon enrollment. The personal tutor will meet the student face-to-face one a month in order to give him support and advice.
Southampton Solent University LPC Online Learning
There is no on-line learning for the Southampton University LPC. Instead, on-line support is given to the students by giving them personal access to an online study support system. The on-line support gives tools such as: course time tables, latest news, course materials, access to tutor support, on-line self-testing as well as study centre information and assessment information. The e-learning programme fits in with the students’ work and personal commitments. The ‘Blackboard’ online workshops and tuition allows students at Southampton University LPC to study at a time to suit them.
The Southampton University LPC also gives access to the university’s electronic library as well.
Southampton Solent University LPC Distance Learning
At all the study centres of the NCLT, there is no distance learning program for the Legal Practice Course but the pre-consolidation and post-consolidation work of the students is done via distance learning on ‘Blackboard.’
Southampton Solent University LPC Electives
To complete Stage 2 Legal Practice Course students will study 3 vocational elective subjects. The Southampton University LPC offers a choice of 15 subjects. Each subject is divided into 8 study units and one of the study units is dedicated to revision. The 15 electives offered are:
- Advanced Criminal Litigation
- Banking and Capital Markets
- Charity Law
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Commercial Property
- Corporate Finance
- Employment Law
- Family Law and Practice
- Intellectual Property and Competition Law
- Media and Entertainment Law
- Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
- Private Client (Estate Planning)
- Public Childcare and Housing Law Practice
Southampton Solent University LPC Study Hours
During Stage 1 of the Southampton University LPC, subjects are broken down into 2 hour workshop sessions. Students undertake four workshop sessions over two days. The full-time workshops take place on Fridays and Saturdays each week from September to May. The part-time workshops take place on Saturdays and Sundays once or twice per month, between September and May. The workshops start at 9.00am and finish at 5.30 pm.
This full-time LPC is a one year course from September to the beginning of March with study sessions taught on Fridays and Saturdays over a period of 36 weeks (excluding revision and vacation times). The number of subjects is prescribed by the SRA;
The part-time LPC is almost identical to the full-time course in content but it extends over 2 academic years. Workshops are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays with e-learning support. Part-time students attend 2 days of face-to-face study sessions each month at weekends. There are about 9 monthly sessions from September to May in each academic year. In addition to study days, students are required to attend skills assessments and examinations held at various stages throughout the course. Students are required to undertake approximately 13 hours of study per week, but there are weeks when there will be more or less study time required.
Assessments for all Legal Practice Courses are open book written examinations. These assessments are held at different times during the year.
Southampton Solent University understands the challenges students face while completing the LPC. Workshops are carefully designed with enhanced feedback to build the students’ confidence and help them develop the skills they need to become a successful solicitor. The workshops are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays so that there would be minimum disruption to the students’ work and personal commitments
Southampton Solent University LPC Admission Requirements / Application
To be allowed to apply for the Southampton University LPC full time, the student must present evidence of completion of the academic stage of training with confirmation from the SRA. The student must also enroll with the SRA. Applicants to the Legal Practice Course need to have completed the academic stage and normally have a recent law degree or a Graduate Diploma in Law or appropriate professional qualifications which the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority accepts as equivalent.
For those enrolling for the Southampton Solent University LPC part-time, they may download the application form from the NCLT website.
Southampton Solent University LPC Fees
For the full-time LPC: £7,400
For the part-time LPC: £6,400*
Southampton Solent University LPC Open days
As a partner and affiliate university of NCLT, the Southampton University Legal Practice Course schedules law fairs in the autumn each year. At these events law education providers present the courses they provide.
Partner and affiliate universities of the NCLT Legal Practice Course also schedule university presentations in autumn and spring. At these university presentations, the NCLT Director speaks to prospective students for them to learn more about the NCLT and the LPC course provided by the NCLT.
Southampton Solent University LPC Career Service
The NCLT itself offers support to prepare students for legal practice as it has strong links with the legal profession. The personal tutor assigned to each student provides advice and information on becoming a solicitor, on applying for a training contract, on enhancing their CV/ application, on how to handle the interview and also on alternative careers in law. NCLT also has a Career Development Unit which provides a wealth of information on how to prepare CVs, how to fill up application forms and tips on interview skills.
NCLT schedules a Careers Evening at all of its study centres and these are hosted by law firms and prospective employers. This is an opportunity for LPC students to make contacts for possible future employment. To attend the Careers Evening which is scheduled in the months of January and February 2012, students have to book and confirm their attendance prior to the event.
As a partner and affiliate university of the NCLT, all these careers services are available for the students of the Southampton University LPC. Law fairs are held in the autumn each year. At these events, law firms send representatives to meet LPC students who may be interested in joining their firm on training contract or for employment. Various corporations in need of solicitors and solicitor-trainees also attend to meet LPC students who may be interested in applying for a post at their company.
Southampton Solent University LPC Additional Information
At the NCLT, and at the Southampton University LPC, completing an LPC may count towards an LLM. A student interested in completing the Legal Practice course alongside the LLM will simply have to enroll in the two-day intensive research methods programme (held at UWE, Bristol) to equip them to do the research necessary to write their dissertation and obtain their LLM.
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