Study the LPC online with our i-LLM LPC

NEW FOR 2018: STUDY OUR i-LLM LPC FULL-TIME OVER 11 MONTHS** or part-time UP TO TWO YEARS

Our i-LLM LPC will prepare you for business. If you’re looking for a truly flexible route to your career as a solicitor, our supported online study programme is the perfect solution. You can study when and where you want and receive regular online support and personalised feedback on your work from a University of Law tutor. You’ll have access to world-class learning materials, including our unique i-Tutorials and webinars.

The course structure allows you to build portfolios of work to support your job applications and help you to stand out from the crowd.  The initial induction sessions also means you’ll develop valuable learning networks with fellow students, with minimal attendance during the course, meaning you don’t have to think about relocation or regular travel costs.

With a clear focus on your future employability, we are more confident than ever in your success and offer our Employment Promise. Get a job in nine months, or we’ll give you 100% of your fees back: 50% of your fees as cashback plus 50% of your fees as credit towards any further courses.

After all, since 2013 over 90% of our full-time summer LPC graduates secured legal positions within nine months of graduation, the majority with training contracts.

Interested in studying the LPC at one of our locations? Visit our LPC page.


Why choose the i-LLM LPC?

Here are just some of the reasons why we’re best placed to help you prepare for your future career as a solicitor:

  • Qualify with a LPC, gaining a LLM in International Legal Practice or LLM in Legal Practice at no extra cost and you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan

  • Flexible options: choose to study when and where you want with a choice of full-time** (11 months) and part-time (22 months) options

  • The combination of online learning resources and individual supervision from your tutor will provide you with relevant knowledge and practical skills needed as a trainee solicitor

  • Access award-winning careers support to help you with your training contract applications with over 3,000 pro bono opportunities as soon as you accept your place

Choose your specialist area

Your award depends on your choice of specialist electives – chosen from our list of 14 options.

If you study three international electives and successfully complete a dissertation in one of these areas, you’ll be awarded the LLM in International Legal Practice LPC, demonstrating your specialism in international corporate practice. 

If you study any other combination of electives and successfully complete a dissertation in one of those areas, you’ll be awarded the LLM in Legal Practice LPC, specialising in general commercial practice or legal aid practice.

Pick the path that’s right for you and tailor your study areas to suit your chosen field. We offer an unparalleled choice of 14 professional electives – see the ‘Course content’ section on this page. Decide which option is right for you, and our i-LLM LPC will support your ambition.

Get a Masters award...

Successfully complete your LPC, and a Professional Practice Dissertation, with The University of Law and you will also receive an LLM.

Some support and guidance around the dissertation will be built into the course structure, and in most cases you won’t need to start actually writing your dissertation until you have selected and commenced your electives.

...or not if you don't want it

The dissertation is not compulsory. If you choose not to complete the Professional Practice Dissertation once your course has started, you can still complete the LPC, but without the Masters award. You will be issued with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and will still have completed the vocational stage of training requirements.

See the FAQs on this page for more information on our i-LLM LPC and the Professional Practice Dissertation.

* In 2016, 96% of our full-time LPC students who passed the course in the summer were employed within nine months.

** Subject to approval. This is a full-time online course with occasional attendance at weekends.

To be eligible to take up your place on the course, you must comply with the requirements for commencing a Legal Practice Course (LPC) set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – see below. Failure to comply with these eligibility requirements means that the University will have no option but to cancel your place on the course.

If you are a non-EEA student you will also require a visa covering the full duration of your course.       

University of Law LPC selection criteria
  • Academic profile and achievement, generally a minimum of an actual or predicted second class honours law degree or GDL/CPE or MA Law*

  • A sufficient command of the English language to successfully complete the course - see English language requirements below

  • Any special circumstances revealed in your application

  • Academic or other references

*This requirement is met by either: A) The award of a Qualifying Law Degree. Your law degree must meet certain academic standards in order to qualify. This must include having adequately passed assessments in the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge – Public Law, Obligations I (Contract), Obligations II (Tort), Criminal Law, Land Law, Equity & Trusts and Law of the European Union. Further guidance on what is a Qualifying Law Degree ; or B) Passing a Common Professional Examination (CPE)/ Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/ MA Law and being awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law, MA Law, or similar such as CILEX.

The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.  

You must fulfill all eligibility requirements by the start of the course – failure to do so may result in you being prevented from joining the course. If you think that this may be a problem (for example, if you have late assessment results), please contact Admissions as soon as possible on 0800 289997 (UK), +44 (0)1483 216000 (international) or email admissions@law.ac.uk

Future trainee solicitors

The SRA has recently made a number of changes to its regulations, including removing the requirement for students to apply for student enrolment and approval of their academic stage of training prior to commencing the LPC.

If you have been offered a training contract, you need to make sure the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has checked your "character and suitability" to be a solicitor.

This may take at least six months to complete if you have:

  • Committed certain criminal offences
  • Been found guilty of an academic offence
  • Had serious financial issues (such as bankruptcy, Individual Voluntary Arrangements or County Court Judgments)
  • Been subject to adverse regulatory findings
  • Demonstrated any other behaviour that we would not expect of a solicitor (for example behaviour that was dishonest, violent or discriminatory)

Please take a look the SRA Suitability Test 2011 for more information and fill in the eligibility application if you need to tell them about any issues.

If you have nothing to tell the SRA, you can inform them of this when you and your employer let them know your training is due to start.

Should the SRA’s decision not be confirmed prior to the LPC start date, you can continue with the course but do so at your own financial risk. If you have any concerns about a character and suitability issue, please contact the SRA on 0370 6062555 or http://www.sra.org.uk/contact-us/

Exemptions and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have previously studied a qualification or a module(s) within a qualification which you believe may be considered for an exemption or recognition of prior learning (RPL), please refer to this link which provides further information and application details.

English language requirements

If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a ‘majority English speaking country’, please provide a certified copy of one of the below approved English Language Tests:

English language requirements  
IELTS (academic)  Overall band score of 6.5 with component bellow 6.0.
ISE III (Trinity College London) Pass in all four components 
Pearsons (academic)  Score of 58 with no one component below 51  
Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (test taken after January 2015)  Overall 176 with no one component below 169  
Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2015) Pass at Grade A and Exceptional in all four components 

Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2015)

Pass at Grade B or C and Borderline in all four components 
Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2015) Pass at Grade C1 and Weak in all four components 

 

Visa requirements

If you are a non-EEA national who requires a visa to attend an assessment or study weekend, the University can provide you with a supporting letter to come to the UK as a Short-Term Student. You can find further information about the Short-Term Study route on our Visa Requirements page.

Please note that you will not be eligible for Tier 4 sponsorship, as this is not permitted for online courses.

What will the course cover?

As soon as you accept your place, you’ll receive access to ELITE (Electronic Legal Interactive Training Environment), our online learning resources system. Through ELITE you can access the Employability and Careers and Library services, and access all your online learning and support materials.

You’ll follow three areas of integrated study – core practice areas, skills and additional areas - plus a choice of three professional electives. The precise content of your course and your choice of professional electives will vary according to whether you wish to study the LLM in International Legal Practice LPC, or the LLM in Legal Practice, and your chosen study option.

The course is made up of two stages as follows – follow the links to find out more:

Stage 1

Stage 2


Core practice areas

Students can choose to focus on international corporate practice, or general commercial/legal aid practice through their choice of electives in Stage 2. However, the core practice areas are the same for all students.

  • Business law and practice
  • Civil and criminal litigation
  • Property law and practice

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Skills
  • Advocacy 
  • Interviewing and advising 
  • Practical legal research 
  • Writing and drafting 

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Additional areas
  • Professional conduct and regulation 
  • Taxation 
  • Wills and administration of estates 

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Professional electives

In Stage 2 of our LLM LPC, you will study three professional electives, chosen from the below list of 14 electives. Once you’ve started your course, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your electives with course tutors. 

All LLM LPC electives for international corporate practice, general commercial practice and legal aid practice are available through our supported online i-LLM LPC option:

  • Advanced criminal practice

  • Advanced property practice

  • Commercial dispute resolution

  • Employment

  • Family

  • Immigration law and practice

  • International capital markets

  • International commercial law

  • International competition law

  • International intellectual property

  • International mergers and acquisitions

  • International public companies

  • Personal injury and clinical negligence litigation

  • Private client

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How is the course structured and assessed?
 

Refer to pages 2 & 3 of our matrix showing the LPC structure and assessment by study mode. This is a blended online course with occasional compulsory attendance. See below for more details of the choice of locations for the compulsory induction and the skills and subject surgery workshops.

Induction weekend - compulsory 4 day weekend
Full-time* Part-time
London Bloomsbury* London Bloomsbury
Birmingham* Birmingham*
Manchester* Manchester*
Skills and subject surgery weekends (Interviewing & advising, Advocacy) - 2 weekends during the programme 
Full-time* Part-time 
London Bloomsbury* London Bloomsbury
Birmingham* Birmingham*
Manchester* Manchester*
Assessments

Final oral skills assessments (Interviewing & advising, Advocacy) – these must be taken at a University of Law Campus** in the UK (they may not be taken overseas nor online). 

 

Invigilated examinations – taken at a University of Law Campus** or, by prior arrangement and with the approval of the University, may be sat overseas.

What is a Professional Practice Dissertation?
 

For the final part of your LLM LPC you will need to complete a Professional Practice Dissertation. You will need to select a suitable practice-focused subject, which could include a topical legal subject, or an area of law and practice which you would like to explore in more depth. You will need to submit a title and plan of your proposed dissertation for approval by the University.

 

The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems, acting autonomously in planning and implementing tasks, advancing your own knowledge and understanding, and the independent learning required for continuing professional development.

i-LLM LPC Programme Demands (PDF) 

*Subject to approval.

** other than in London this is subject to approval and not including Exeter, Reading or Liverpool. Please note that any assessments and examinations in London may be held at either our London Bloomsbury or London Moorgate Campuses. 

Next start dates
Location of induction & workshopsFull-time i-LLM LPC* Part-time i-LLM LPC
London Bloomsbury13 - 16 September 2018*13 - 16 September 2018

14 - 17 March 2019

Birmingham13 - 16 September 2018*

13 - 16 September 2018*
14 - 17 March 2019*

Manchester 13 - 16 September 2018*

13 - 16 September 2018*
14 - 17 March 2019*

There is a compulsory induction which takes place over four days at the start of the course. You must attend all four days. You are also required to attend two study skills weekends during the course.

Examinations will take place at a University of Law campus but may be taken overseas by arrangement with the University.

Oral skills assessments (Interviewing & Advising and Advocacy) must be taken at a University of Law campus in the UK. 

*Subject to approval.

i-LLM LPC FAQs

Please read these detailed FAQs for more information on our i-LLM LPC.

General
International context
Professional Practice Dissertation


General

What is the i-LLM LPC?
The i-LLM LPC is The University of Law's supported online Legal Practice Course with a Masters qualification.

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to receive an internationally recognised LLM (Masters of Law) degree as well as completing the vocational stage of training (the LPC) necessary to commence a career as a trainee solicitor in England and Wales.

The LLM LPC qualification also offers students the scope to specialise in international or national legal practice.

Is there any additional work required to gain the LLM award that is over and above what you would normally complete on an LPC?
Yes. Students wishing to be awarded an LLM will need to complete an additional Professional Practice Dissertation. There is more information about this below.

Do I have to do the Professional Practice Dissertation?
No, but if you decide not to you will not qualify for the LLM. In this situation, provided you have successfully completed all of the other modules, you will be issued with a Postgraduate Diploma and you will still have completed your LPC. This means we will able to advise the Solicitors Regulation Authority that you have completed the vocational stage of training and you will be able to start your training contract.

When do I have to decide if I want to study for the LLM or just opt for the standard LPC?
Don’t worry, as you don’t have to decide this until your course has started. You will be given a deadline for deciding which will not be before the end of your course. 

Is there any additional cost if I decide to opt for the full LLM?
No. There is no additional cost, provided that you notify us that you have decided to complete the LLM before the deadline (which will not be before the end of your course). 

Is the LLM LPC harder than a ‘normal’ LPC?
Our standard LPC is delivered at Masters level, so the i-LLM LPC is not harder. However, because you will need to submit a dissertation, you will need to do additional research and writing up.

Do I need a visa to complete this course?
Visit the Immigration information for online students section of the International pages

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International context

You are promoting the i-LLM LPC as having an increased international focus. What do you mean by this?
At The University of Law we understand the modern world of law better than anyone else so, as ever, we are keen to make sure that we continue to deliver the best prepared trainees to the profession. This means that we aim to ensure that all of our students have a thorough appreciation of how the law can be applied in an international and global context.

Of course if you plan to work in corporate practice, understanding the law in an international context is essential. But even if you plan to work for a regional or High Street firm, it is likely that some of your clients will be trading internationally either in the EU or further afield. And legal aid practitioners could for example have to deal with immigration issues that are ‘international’ by their very nature.

So to varying extents, much of what you learn on the i-LLM LPC will be ‘international’ anyway. However, to further emphasise this, we have changed the structure of our course to enable you specifically to choose an international ‘route’.

How can I tailor the i-LLM LPC to my chosen career route?
Your award depends on your choice from our 14 specialist electives (see the ‘Course content’ tab on this page).

If you choose three of our international electives, you will be awarded the LLM in International Legal Practice LPC (or a Postgraduate Diploma in International Legal Practice if you decide not to complete the dissertation). This will demonstrate your specialism in international corporate practice.

If you study any other combination of electives, you will be awarded the LLM in Legal Practice LPC (or a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice if you decide not to complete the dissertation). This will demonstrate your specialism in general commercial practice or legal aid practice.

Will choosing the LLM in Legal Practice LPC affect my chances of working in a corporate firm?
No. If you are a good applicant, it is very unlikely that any firm will discriminate against you if you don’t choose to study the International LLM LPC. However, if you want to work in a corporate firm which carries out large amounts of international work, it may be sensible to pick at least one international elective. This means that when it comes to an interview you will be able to demonstrate an interest in that firm’s core areas of work.

Will the international electives be harder?
No. The international electives have a different focus to the ‘domestic’ electives, but will not be any harder.

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Professional Practice Dissertation

What is the Professional Practice Dissertation?
A dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems, acting autonomously in planning and implementing tasks, advancing your own knowledge and understanding, and the independent learning required for continuing professional development. For the final part of your i-LLM LPC, you will need to complete a Professional Practice Dissertation. You will need to select a suitable practice-focused subject, which could include a topical legal subject, or an area of law and practice which you would like to explore in more depth – for example, a topic that you are covering in one of your electives. You will need to submit a title and plan of your proposed dissertation for approval by the University.

How many words must the Professional Practice Dissertation be?
Your Professional Practice Dissertation will be up to 7,500 words.

How long do I have to complete the i-LLM LPC and the dissertation?
Depending on your mode of LPC programme:

  • You will be encouraged to submit your dissertation during or within three months of the end of your course

  • If you are unable to complete it within this period you will have further opportunities to submit

  • If you have not submitted your dissertation within nine months of completion of your course (you will be advised of the deadline), the University will make an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Please note that there will be an additional charge should you subsequently change your mind and decide to submit your dissertation after this exit award has been made

How soon can I start working on the dissertation?
Some support and guidance around the dissertation will be built into the course structure, so whilst you may choose to start preparing and planning your work, it is unlikely that you would actually start writing the dissertation until you have selected and commenced your electives.

Will I need to submit a title and plan of my proposed dissertation?
Yes.

How do I submit my dissertation and in what format?
You will be advised how to submit your dissertation; submissions will be online.

What is the pass mark for the dissertation?
The pass mark for the dissertation is 50%.

Will I need a Tier 4 Visa to complete the dissertation?
No, you do not have to be in the UK to complete the practice based dissertation. You submit the dissertation electronically.

If you are a non-EEA national who requires a visa to attend an assessment or study weekend, the University can provide you with a supporting letter to come to the UK as a Short-Term Student.  You can find further information about the Short-Term Study route on our Visa Requirements page.

Please note that you will not be eligible for Tier 4 sponsorship, as this is not permitted for online courses.

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Full-time* and Part-time i-LLM LPC fees for September 2018
Study mode Total fees payable (excluding SRA registration fee) Total fees payable (including £15** SRA registration fee) 
Online£16,215£16,230 

Further information about course fees and instalment options.


Part-time i-LLM LPC fees for March 2019
Study mode Total fees payable (excluding SRA registration fee)  Total fees payable (including £15** SRA registration fee)
 Online£16,215 £16,230 

Further information about course fees and instalment options.

* Subject to approval.
** This charge is set by the SRA and is subject to an increase.

Applications are open for our September 2018 Full-time* and Part-time i-LLM LPC and our March 2019 Part-time i-LLM LPC.

Current students looking to apply to ONLY The University of Law for their LPC
If you are a current University of Law student looking to apply solely to us for the LPC you will not need to provide a personal statement or reference with your application.

Apply now

* Subject to approval.