The Centre for Legal Practice
LEGAL PRACTICE COURSE – PLYMOUTH TO TAKE OVER EXETER LPC
PRACTICE COURSE – SUCCESSFUL VALIDATION BY LAW SOCIETY PANEL
a two day visit to the University of Plymouth in November 2005 the validation
panel of the Law Society has recommended approval to the Legal Practice
Course Board of the running of the Legal Practice Course at the University of
Plymouth from 2006. This represents the confidence of the legal professional
bodies in the University of Plymouth to run this course.
recommended approval is part of the planned transfer of staff and courses from
the University of Exeter’s established Centre for Legal Practice to the
University of Plymouth in the summer of 2006 for the start of the courses in
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interested in applying for this course please contact
and see the website for the Central
Applications Board for the LPC through which all applications must be made.
The Legal Practice Course
The principal aim of this course is to enable our students to satisfy the Law
Society's standards for the vocational part of training and equip them with the
appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding of procedures in practice to
develop the ability to evaluate the client's legal problems and to consider
possible effective solutions and to demonstrate the practical know-how to
implement under appropriate supervision the necessary steps to carry out the
chosen solution into effect and thus to enable the student upon graduating to
embark effectively upon their training contract.
The range of elective subjects to be offered by the Exeter LPC is designed to
enable students to prepare for either corporate or private client specialist
practices as a solicitor. Students will receive tuition providing strong
foundations for subsequent practice.
Our dedicated team of professional tutors are justly
proud of the course we offer, which is currently assessed by the Law Society as 'Good',
and constantly seek to improve upon our performance and high pass rate. This is due no doubt to much of the
coursework being undertaken in small groups allowing a high degree of personal
inter-action between staff and student.
Admission to the Legal Practice Course is open to any person who has satisfied
the Law Society requirement of successful completion of the academic stage of
training under regulations in force from time to time.
Since September 1997 the course structure has been modified to implement the
provision of the Law Society's national review of Legal Practice Courses.
The Exeter LPC is of 36 weeks duration with one term of 13 weeks followed
by two 10 week terms, with some study being undertaken during the Easter vacation.
Following a foundation course of three week student study over the next two
terms Business Law, Litigation and Advocacy and Property Law and Practice with pervasive
subjects Professional Conduct, Financial Services and Accounts, with four practical legal skills of Legal Research, Client Interviewing,
Writing and Drafting and Advocacy being undertaken.
In the third term students will take three elective subjects from Commercial
Contracts, Commercial Leases, Corporate Finance, Insurance, Employment, Family Law,
Private Client and Housing/Welfare Law.
For a detailed description of the Modules please
Assessment is by way of "a subject assessment" in each subject. This
may take the form of an examination or a supervised coursework, or a combination
of both. The subject assessments for the compulsory subjects are set at the end of
teaching the compulsory subjects and the elective subject assessments are set at
the end of teaching those subjects. Students are assessed in Accounts and in some of the
practical skills by participation in video recorded role play exercises at
various points during the course.
For a brochure or other information please contact Centre for Legal Practice,
University of Exeter, Third Floor, Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter,
EX4 4RJ or telephone us on (01392) 263153; or email to