University of Exeter: CLP


last update by
Alastair Teague
25 May 2006

The Centre for Legal Practice




Following 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.


The 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 September 2006.

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Please follow the link for further information about the course at the University of Plymouth

If you are 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 Policy

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.

Course Structure

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 click.


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  (Secretary)