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Faculty of Business and Law at De Montfort UniversityLegal Practice Course - part-time by open learning

Fees for 2018 entry £10,250 over two years - £5,125 per year

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is offered in association with Leicester Institute of Legal Practice - a prestigious law school with a personal touch. This course is delivered by open learning which combines distance learning with regular face-to-face teaching sessions. Exemptions are available if you have already studied certain CILEx Level 6 units.

Key features:

  • Highest possible rating 'Commendable practice' in five key areas of course delivery
  • Flexible study within a structured framework
  • Impressive new £35 million purpose-built Faculty of Business and Law
  • Optimised for the part-time learner
  • An enthusiastic and committed teaching team with strong practical experience
  • Monthly face-to-face teaching sessions during term time
  • Small teaching groups
  • Essential skills training
  • Instalment payment option
  • £300 worth of text books provided
  • Subscriptions to online services Westlaw and LexisLibrary
  • Innovative use of course website as a learning resource
  • Individual careers advice and guidance supporting a strong pastoral care ethos.

Introduction

The LPC is a practice-orientated course teaching practical knowledge and essential skills to people wishing to become solicitors. Leicester Institute of Legal Practice, part of the Faculty of Business and Law at De Montfort University, offers the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in partnership with CILEx Law School. The course is a two-year part time course delivered by open learning and comprising a mix of home study and face-to-face tuition. Upon completion of the course you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from De Montfort University.

Leicester Institute of Legal Practice recognises that your needs as an open learning student differ from those of full-time students. For almost twenty years this course has been offered in association with CILEx Law School, whose expertise in distance learning ensures that the administration and management of the course is optimised for the distance learner.

Each of the two years begins in September and ends in June the following year. The course is designed for those ambitious people who want to join the legal profession, but whose work or family commitments make full-time study difficult.

We hope that you will join us in 2018 to take advantage of the state-of-the art facilities at the impressive Faculty of Business and Law. 

 

Course Content

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) prescribes the content of all LPCs, although individual institutions have flexibility in the electives they offer. The course includes the elements listed below. Exemptions may be available if you have already studied equivalent subjects at CILEx Level 6.

Stage One

The Core Practice Areas

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Litigation (Civil and Criminal)
  • Property Law and Practice

Skills

  • Advocacy
  • Drafting
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Writing

Additional Areas

  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Solicitors' Accounts
  • Taxation
  • Wills and Administration of Estates

Stage Two

Vocational Electives

You will select three subjects from the following list::

  • Child Law
  • Commercial Law and Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Private Client

Our electives have been selected to give you a good choice of subjects within mainstream areas of practice. The three commercial electives are the obvious choice if you are interested in commercial work. If you want to work for individual clients within a 'high street' environment, then the wide choice of subjects will enable you to build up a good knowledge base with which to enter general practice.

Note: we cannot guarantee that all electives will run as they will only run if there is sufficient demand. No electives have been cancelled in recent years. It may not be possible to study certain combinations of electives due to timetabling constraints.

Course Dates

The course starts with a five-day foundation course in September, running from Wednesday to Sunday, and after this there are nine weekend teaching sessions during the first academic year running monthly during term time. The face-to-face sessions in the second year are held over eight study weekends. The programme is especially designed to enable you to carry on full-time work and other commitments while working through your LPC.

The dates for the 2018 - 2019 teaching sessions are shown below. The study sessions are compulsory.

  • 12-16 September 2018
  • 13-14 October 2018
  • 10-11 November 2018
  • 15-16 December 2018
     
  • 12-13 January 2019
  • 9-10 February 2019
  • 16-17 March 2019
  • 6-7 April 2019
  • 11-12 May 2019
  • 8-9 June 2019

The sessions are held at Leicester Institute of Legal Practice. The city is served by excellent rail and motorway networks: London is 75 minutes by train, and the M1 and M69 motorways are a 15 minute drive away. East Midlands airport is a taxi-ride from the city, and there is easy access from both Luton and Stansted airports.

Course Design

You will be provided with reading materials and preparatory work for you to undertake at home prior to the face-to-face sessions, and a plan for each subject will be provided as part of your course materials. Lectures will be available to listen to on-line.

The face-to-face teaching is conducted in small group sessions, usually of 16-18 students. You will work on realistic practical exercises, some of which you will have prepared beforehand; others will be given out during the sessions for you to work on in groups. Practice of skills is integrated into these sessions. The small group format allows for plenty of personalised feedback on your work from tutors. The sessions are all designed to help you to apply your knowledge and to propose legally accurate, practical legal advice.

Course Materials and Facilities

All the course materials are covered by the course fee. You will receive a set of printed materials for each subject including a subject textbook and teaching materials.

There is a dedicated password-protected course website giving access to law lectures, timetable information and pre-session exercises, so that you can gain access to these wherever you are, as well as additional practice exercises and access to online services Westlaw and LexisLibrary. You will also have your own university e-mail account to receive ongoing communication throughout the course and to enable you to contact tutors when you need help.

The facilities in the new purpose-built Faculty of Business and Law building include a well-stocked law library, a specialist LPC resource centre with computer facilities, a mock courtroom and postgraduate common room.

The Timetable

During the Foundation Course in September 2018 you will be introduced to the Skills and Additional Areas all as detailed above. Information technology training is also included to enable you to get the most out of the course features.

Two of the Additional Areas - Solicitors Accounts and Wills and Administration of Estates - will be examined during the first academic year of the course. You will continue to study the Core Areas, Skills and remaining Additional Areas until these are examined which (save for Professional Conduct and Regulation) will be in November/December 2019. You will begin study of Stage Two - your elective subjects - in January 2020 and these will be examined (along with Professional Conduct and Accounts) in June 2020. You need to attend the University to sit your exams, and this attendance requirement is additional to face-to-face teaching dates listed above.

Entrance Requirements

You are eligible to apply to join the LPC if you have satisfied the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority’s (SRA’s) academic stage of training, either through completing a qualifying law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). If you are relying on a qualifying law degree generally you will need to have attained at least a 2:2 classification to join our LPC. Additionally you can satisfy the requirements if you are a Graduate Member or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and have passed the CILEx Level 6 exams in the subjects required by the SRA.

The SRA requires you to prove to us that you have a qualifying law degree or have met the CPE/GDL requirements. As part of the application procedure, you will need to provide a transcript of your degree (or CILEx Level 6 Certificates if you are relying on those) to enable the university admissions team to check you have completed the academic stage of training. Please refer to the SRA website for further information: www.sra.org.uk

You will need to have a valid right to be in the UK that is not dependent upon your studies. Your enrolment with Leicester Institute of Legal Practice will not entitle you to apply for a student visa due to the part-time nature of these courses.

Course fees

The LPC at De Montfort Law School is very competitively priced at £10,250. The fee does not include the Solicitors Regulation Authority registration fee of £15. The fee includes all the course materials and access to all the facilities listed above. There is an additional postage fee of £150 per annum for overseas students. If you are eligible for exemptions the fee may be reduced.

Payment is spread over two years. A non-refundable deposit of £200 is payable when you accept an offer of a place on the course. The balance of £4,940 for the first year, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority registration fee  of £15 in the first year which we remit to the SRA on your behalf, is payable two weeks before enrolment day in Year One. The second year payment of £5,125 is due two weeks before enrolment day in the second year.

Alternatively you may opt to pay by instalments. These payments are in addition to the non-refundable deposit payable on acceptance of the course. There is a £50 administration fee for the instalment option in each year (already included in these figures). Overseas students should add the £150 postage fee on to the first instalment in each year.

  • By 29 August 2018 (two weeks before enrolment)  £2,400
  • By 3 December 2018 £1,295
  • By 4 March 2019 £1,295
  • By 17 June 2019 £1,600
  • By 9 September 2019 £1,600
  • By 3 February 2020 £1,975

Upgrade your LPC to an LLM

In order to be awarded the LLM after passing the LPC, you will need to successfully compete a Research Methods assessment, a dissertation proposal and a 15,000 word dissertation. The course takes the form of guided self-study with comprehensive online materials. Guidance comes through interaction with staff via face-to-face, telephone and email communication. You will also be allocated a supervisor who will provide you with academic support whilst you study. If you wish to, you can start preparatory work towards the Masters element while studying Stage Two of the LPC. A separate fee is payable for the Masters element of the course.

Entering the legal profession

We know that securing a training contract is a key goal for LPC students. The careers service at Leicester Institute of Legal Practice will support and guide you in your search, to maximise your chances of success. Pro bono opportunities are also offered so that you can gain experience of 'real life' cases to enhance your applications. More details of our careers and pro bono schemes are available in the course prospectus.

CILEx Law School's role in the LPC

With more than 3,000 distance learning students of our own, we have unrivalled expertise in administering distance learning courses: we understand the hurdles and issues you are likely to face during your time on the LPC. As course administrators, we will do our best to support you with your home studies.

Other institutions run distance-learning courses, but none offer the unique partnership of an excellent and experienced university teaching team together with the administrative expertise acquired by CILEx Law School over the past twenty years.

CILEx Law School is responsible for most administrative matters on the LPC. In particular, CILEx Law School is responsible for marketing; enquiries from potential applicants; initial registration; collection of fees; distribution of materials and information throughout the year; distribution of assignments and assignment marks; and compilation and upkeep of student records.

Leicester Institute of Legal Practice remains responsible for all academic matters, and in particular for admission decisions; teaching; supply of materials; marking of assignments and examinations; the granting of extensions for the late submission of assignments; and grading in examinations and the granting of awards.

Accommodation

Some hotels offer DMU student rates ranging from £35 - £79 per night, and a list of recommended accommodation is sent out with the pre-reading. You might also visit www.goleicestershire.com for further information on accommodation in Leicester or call Leicester Tourist Information on 0116 299 8888.

Application Procedure

We warmly welcome your application to join the open-learning LPC beginning in September 2018. 

The procedure is very simple. But please note that places are filled on a first come-first served basis. Since the course can become over subscribed we recommend that you lodge your application, and accept any subsequent offer, as soon as possible.

You need to do the following:

1. Complete the De Montfort University application form - and return it to us here at CILEx Law School.

You can complete the form online now, or click the link below to download it. Alternatively you can submit an e-mail request for information to adam.norton@cilexlawschool.ac.uk or telephone Adam Norton, Professional Courses Administrator at CILEx Law School on 01234 844305.

2. You will see on the form that you are required to get two references. As these must accompany your application, we suggest you approach your referees now. The referee report form can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

3. Upon receipt of your application form, we will forward it to the Admissions Tutor at De Montfort. We will then inform you of her decision.

4. If you are offered a place you will be sent an offer setting out the terms of the offer in detail. If you wish to accept the offer, you will sign a copy of the offer and its terms and conditions and send it back to CILEx Law School, together with a non-refundable deposit of £200. The deposit will count towards your course fee.

5. Approximately one month before joining the course you will be sent enrolment day details and an invoice for the first year's fees (less the deposit already paid). You will have to pay the fees before you can join the course.

6. If you have chosen the instalment option (by ticking the appropriate box in the offer letter) then approximately one month before joining the course you will be sent enrolment day details and also an invoice for the first instalment of the year one fees (less the deposit already paid). You will have to pay the first instalment before you can join the course.

NB: you will only be guaranteed a place if you are formally made an offer by CILEx Law School, which you accept and in respect of which you pay the £200 non-refundable deposit.

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