University of West London Legal Practice Course Review
The University of West London is formerly the Thames Valley University which has recently undergone a rebranding. It has been delivering the Legal Practice Course since 1994 and has attained consistently good independent ratings. During its latest assessment, it was given the highest grade of ‘commendable practice’ by the SRA in four assessment areas and the second best grade ‘confidence in the provision’ in the last two subject areas.
The University of West London LPC is an intensively practical and vocational course designed to equip students with legal skills they will need to obtain a training contract.
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University of West London LPC Contact Details (formerly Thames Valley University LPC)
University of West London
Brentford site, West London campus
Boston Manor Road,
Telephone: 0800 036 8888 or 020 8231 2018
Website: University of West London LPC
University of West London LPC Facilities
The University of West London (formerly Thames Valley University) is a large university which is only a short distance away from central London. For lawyers London is the centre of the legal world with the Inns of Court, Royal Courts of Justice and Old Bailey close at hand. But despite its nearness to London the University of West London LPC has a quiet area which is conducive to studying. It is housed at the Ealing campus on St. Mary’s Road— where the atmosphere is like that of a private tutorial college.
There is a large dedicated LPC teaching room equipped with PCs and a specialist Legal Practice Resource Room in the Library where students can do private study. The Library has a website; there is online skills tutorial; study skills tutorial; and, student mentor scheme to ensure the students’ success in this challenging course. The law library 51 silent study spaces, textbooks for lending, printed law reports, statutes, journals, a photocopier, and access to the online catalogue (OPAC). The law librarian assists in training students to use both paper-based and electronic resources.
The University of West London LPC uses the University’s television recording studio to simulate practical client interviews and advocacy. The audiovisual recording of these exercises give students feedback and help them acquire skills and insights into what their prospective employers will demand from them.
University of West London LPC Online Learning
Much of the teaching on the University of West London LPC is done through small group sessions where practical case studies and seminars are held. These closely simulate the environment of a legal office. The teaching is a blend of taught and online lectures which may be accessed remotely. The LPC Resource Room has PCs so that students can perform workshop tasks with the electronic resources available for their use.
University of West London LPC students have exclusive remote access through the internet to a comprehensive range of electronic legal research and course resources in addition to printed reference materials. The University of West London LPC has been building up an increasing range of electronic information sources, including full text databases relevant to law: LexisNexis, Butterworth’s, and WestLaw UK
University of West London LPC Distance Learning
No distance learning option is currently available.
University of West London LPC Electives
The electives offered on the University of West London LPC (formerly the Thames Valley University LPC) are:
- Advanced Litigation/Personal Injury
- Commercial Leases*
- Employment Law and Practice
- Family Law and Practice
- Housing and Residential Landlord and Tenant Law*
- Immigration Law and Practice
(Electives with the * are those that require a prior foundation in Property Law and Practice.)
University of West London LPC Study Hours
The University of West London LPC is available on full time and part time options. Completion of just the Stage 1 LPC will entitle the student to a Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice while completing Stages 1 and 2 entitles the student to a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Both the full-time and part-time options start in early September with a week-long foundation course. The foundation course introduces students to the teaching and learning approach at the University of West London LPC. Following this foundation week, students will commence their study of Stage 1 of the course.
Full-time students attend university for 2 and a half days a week while part-time students for one day a week in year one and one day and one evening a week in year two.
Stage 1 of the course finishes at the end of February. At which time, students may start their study of Stage 2 which runs from March to June in each year. During Stage 2 of the University of West London LPC, full-time students choose three vocational elective subjects while part-time students may opt to study one, two or three subjects at this stage, and complete the course by studying the remaining electives in the following year.
University of West London LPC Admission Requirements/ Application
Applicants to the University of West London LPC must have:
– A qualifying law degree (LLB); or
– A Common Professional Examination or Graduate Diploma in Law pass with an average of at least 50%.
Applicants must also be enrolled as a student member with the SRA and must also be granted a certification of completion of the academic stage of their training.
University of West London LPC Fees
Information on the current fees for the University of West London LPC may be obtained by calling:
0800 036 8888 (from within the UK)
+44 (0)20 8231 2468 (from overseas).
Home and overseas students must pay 50% of their tuition fee at enrolment, from which any deposit paid will be deducted. The remaining 50% may be paid in full or in three equal installments. Paying tuition fees in full on or before enrolment will entitle the student to an early payment discount.
University of West London LPC Open Days
The University of West London LPC usually schedules Open Days in June, September and October. Applicants must book their place for the Open Day.
University of West London LPC Careers Service
The University of West London LPC helps its students start their legal careers:
- Its links with the legal profession especially the Middlesex Law Society ensures that their training team is professionally qualified and experienced solicitors.
- The Middlesex Law Society holds legal update lectures and workshops which are free of charge to the University of West London LPC students.
- Short work experience in the mentoring and work experience schemes are provided so that students can build their CV.
- Work experience may also be obtained by the LPC students via the Law School’s Community Advice Programme.
- Support in finding a training contract is given through specialist law careers workshops;
- The University’s Careers and Employment Service has matrix accreditation which provides practical help with applications and interviews for a training contract.
- Individual support and email alerts for job opportunities are available to students for three years after they complete the LPC.
University of West London LPC Additional Information
- Students of the University of West London LPC are allocated a personal tutor in addition to subject tutors.
- University of West London LPC graduates will also be able to top up their LPC to a Master’s in Legal Practice, by undertaking part-time study in research methodologies and doing a dissertation on a topic related to legal practice. The dissertation must be an original piece of research into legal practice of between 10,000 to 20,000 words.
- Students of the University of West London LPC may hone their skills via mooting advocacy.
- The local Law Society organises quizzes, parties, dinners, visits and speakers where the intensive LPC course must be balanced with exciting activities of the collegiate life.
University of West London Legal Practice Course Review – What do you think?
What do you think of the University of West London Legal Practice Course? Here are some student reviews of the University of West London LPC:
Sophie De Canson: ‘The quality of the course is very impressive…quality of teaching…personal assessment of our skills…detailed feedback, quality of [tutors’] listening and unlimited patience. Although very difficult the LPC has been the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had.‘
Pavla Kalouskova: ‘The quality of the course delivery and teaching is outstanding…very useful mentoring scheme in law firms and magistrates’ courts’
Harnek Sidhu: ‘The teaching is excellent, we were given our own LPC room and study room. Regular career workshops were very helpful to understand the requirements of future legal employers. A clear explanation by all staff and administrators on what we were expected to do and what is expected of us from the SRA. Overall a great experience. Highly recommended.’
Andrew Rampersad: ‘As a part-time class representative, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year on the LPC at the University of West London. My success to date is primarily due to the excellent teaching I have received from my LPC tutors. The tutors make even the most complex of legal modules interesting and enjoyable. Studying at the University is a pleasant and enjoyable experience given the wide range of resources and facilities available on the course.
The overall structure of the LPC and the practical knowledge one gains at UWL have given me that greater sense of self-belief and confidence to become a solicitor. Accordingly I would recommend UWL as an excellent institution to study the LPC.’
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