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Legal Practice, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

If you want to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales, you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the vocational stage of training that bridges the gap between academic studies and life in a law firm. Westminster Law School has a well established reputation for the delivery of solicitors' vocational training, which will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful 21st-century lawyer.

Distinctive features of the Legal Practice degree offered at the University of Westminster include: 

  • Highly experienced and approachable lecturers who are all qualified solicitors or barristers.
  • Small, interactive group work, allowing you to benefit from individual guidance and help.
  • All sessions are set within a balanced timetable to replicate the tasks undertaken in practice.
  • A broad range of Stage 2 electives, reflecting areas of practice from high-street to city firms.
  • The opportunity to undertake real client legal work under the supervision of tutors working in the Student Law Centre. The focus is on experiential learning through reflection, analysis and planning.
  • A mentoring scheme which pairs you with mentors working in an area you are interested in. Our mentors are predominantly former Westminster LPC students who are now working in an area of legal practice.

Careers

Westminster law students benefit from the following:

  • Dedicated 1-2-1 appointments with careers advisors.
  • Feedback and advice on CVs, applications and interview preparation.
  • Employer panel events and talks.
  • Law vacancy jobs bulletin.
  • Annual Law Fair Consortium.
  • Mock Assessment Centres and Interviews.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Private Acquisitions
  • Entertainment and Media
  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Housing Law
  • Employment Law

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

You will need a minimum of a Lower Second Class Honours Qualifying Law degree or non-law degree followed by Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 qualification. Students must have covered the following seven law topics:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • The Law of Contract
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • EU Law
  • Land Law (Property Law)
  • Law of Torts
If you have previously studied the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within last five years, you may be eligible for exemptions. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Part-Time 

  • UK/EU: £6,250 
  • International: £6,250 

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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