University of Sunderland LPC

University of Sunderland Legal Practice Course Review

University of Sunderland LPC in partnership with NCLT

NCLT University of Sunderland LPCSince 1901, the University of Sunderland has been providing excellent higher education in the city of Sunderland. It has spent nearly £130m to provide facilities that fit students’ changing needs. The University of Sunderland LPC is offered in partnership with the National College of Legal Training, one of the largest legal education providers in the UK.  The NCLT LPC has consistently received the highest rating of ‘commendable practice.”

The Sunderland University Legal Practice Course program sets itself apart from other LPC providers because of its desire to provide valuable legal training at affordable rates.  They understand how expensive a legal education can be so that they not only aim to provide the LPC at a lower rates than most providers, they also make sure that the LPC schedules are flexible enough to allow working students to earn while they learn.

Sunderland University LPC and the NCLT have partnered to guarantee high quality academic and vocational training. At the University of Sunderland LPC, students are viewed as lawyers-in-training. 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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University of Sunderland ’s Contact Details

Sunderland University LPC may be contacted through the Faculty of Law at this address:

Faculty of Business and Law

Reg Vardy Centre

Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s Way


SR6 0DD,

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 191 5152311

For further information, you may visit their website at: University of Sunderland LPC

  1. 2.      Enquire about NCLT’s Legal Practice Course by calling 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

Or you can write to:

National College of Legal Training
Student Support Centre
Wrens Court
52-54 Victoria Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B72 1SX

University of Sunderland LPC Facilities

Students at the University of Sunderland LPC, have access to some of the best learning support facilities in the higher education sector. The Law Library provides computers, printing, photocopying, and inter-library loans. University of Sunderland LPC also has an extensive electronic library collection, which means students can access much of the information they need online- a definite plus for working students.

There are over 500 computer workstations of the David Goldman Informatics Centre which offers the latest software packages – open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Upon enrollment in the University of Sunderland LPC, students 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 also be assigned a personal tutor who will meet the student face-to-face once a month in order to give him support and advice.

University of Sunderland  LPC Online Learning

There is no dedicated online Legal Practice Course and the University of Sunderland.  Instead, on-line support is given to the students by giving them personal access to an online study support system of NCLT.  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. University of Sunderland LPC students have access to both the university’s electronic library as well as the NCLT’s own library facilities.

The additional support through the use of e-learning delivery system may be accessed through ‘Blackboard’. This gives students the opportunity to test their progress regularly through self-test questions and exercises with instant feedback.

University of Sunderland LPC Distance Learning

There is no dedicated distance learning program for the University of Sunderland Legal Practice Course but the pre-consolidation and post-consolidation work of the students is done via distance learning.

University of Sunderland  LPC Electives

To complete Stage 2 Legal Practice Course students will study 3 vocational elective subjects. The University of Sunderland 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:

  • Acquisitions
  •  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

University of Sunderland  LPC Study Hours

During Stage 1 of the full time University of Sunderland 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 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, between September and May.  The workshops start at 9.00am and finish at 5.30 pm. 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.

Stage 2 runs from mid March to the beginning of June following the same schedule as in Stage 1.

Study at the University of Sunderland LPC is practice based, allowing students to gain an understanding of many common legal transactions and procedures. Workshops are taught in small groups, with a 30 minute review session to allow in-depth feedback. Students are given lots of opportunities through role play to practice legal skills, such as interviewing and negotiation. Outside of classes they will work individually and with other members of your group on preparatory tasks and exercises to consolidate their learning.

University of Sunderland LPC Admission Requirements / Application

To apply for the University of Sunderland LPC, the student must present evidence of completion of the academic stage of training with confirmation from the SRA.  The student must also register as a student 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 part-time Legal Practice Course may download the application form from the NCLT website.

University of Sunderland  LPC Fees

For the full-time University of Sunderland LPC : £7,400

For the part-time University of Sunderland LPC:    £6,400*

University of Sunderland  LPC Open days

University of Sunderland LPC schedules law fairs in the autumn each year.  The NCLT also schedules 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.

University of Sunderland  LPC Career Service

The students of the University of Sunderland LPC 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 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 including the University of Sunderland LPC, 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.

The University of Sunderland LPC in cooperation with the NCLT schedule law fairs in the autumn each year.  At these events, law firms send representatives 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.

University of Sunderland  LPC Additional Information

At the NCLT 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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