Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Expertise from legal professionals. Real-life opportunities to hone your skills. Strong links to employers. We have everything you need to forge a future as a solicitor.

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Practice your legal skills in live situations. And learn the latest theory from academic experts. Manchester Law School gives you the best of both worlds in a supportive university community.

Whether it’s working through a case study in a group, or learning about professional conduct from a leader in the field, we prepare you for life as a solicitor. We develop your legal knowledge while exploring the commercial side of what it takes to succeed.

Real-life practice

You’ll build the skills you need to think and behave as a professional. Interviewing clients, writing letters of advice, preparing legal documents, appearing in court – our interactive course covers it all.

You can even volunteer your skills to find out what legal work is really about. Our pro bono projects mean you can practice your craft while helping someone in need or providing support for a business. The School’s competitive work placements are another great opportunity to get some more experience.

The course follows the requirements of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority so you can practise in England and Wales. 

Features and Benefits

  • Law school community - Our law school is a vibrant learning community with students and staff from all over the world.
  • Expert teaching staff - Learn from practising solicitors who know what it takes to succeed.
  • Award-winning Faculty – The Law School is based in Manchester, the second largest legal centre in the UK and at the heart of the Northern Circuit of the Bar.
  • Top legal facilities – make use of our 24-hour library, legal library, mock courtroom and dedicated careers and employability service.
  • Competitive course fees – we also offer an alumni discount if you graduated from our LLB or Graduate Diploma in Law.
  • Pro Bono work - You’ll have opportunities for voluntary legal work. Careers advisers, tutors, and department events will all help you develop new links to the profession.
  • Placement options – we’ll help you find work placements related to your specialism.
“The course is structured in such a way that it encourages you as a student to do everything that would be expected of you as a solicitor.” Mekisha Richardson, LPC Graduate.

"We have very strong links with international and national law firms and barristers chambers based in Manchester."

Jackie Panter, Associate Head of School.

Career Prospects

With an LPC under your belt, you’ll be ready to start your journey towards becoming a qualified solicitor.

From the moment you join the course, we’ll work with you to build your CV. Our Careers and Employability Service is here throughout your time with us, ready to offer advice and guidance to support your professional ambitions.

You’ll learn from tutors who not only have great connections across the sector, but also have their own professional experience – so they’re well placed to offer useful advice and insight. With our Pro Bono Network, you’ll also have the chance to put your skills to the test by tackling real-life issues, often with life-changing results.

Manchester is the beating heart of the Northern Circuit, with more than 20,000 professionals working in the sector. We’ll help you meet some of them – whether at a careers fair or a networking event – giving you the chance to make the connections that careers are built on.

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Entry requirements

To enrol on the LPC you will need to satisfy us that you have a qualifying law degree or GDL qualification, or exemptions granted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).  

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


“Studying law at Manchester Metropolitan University is a great choice. We are situated in the heart of the city of Manchester, the second largest legal centre in the UK…”
Listen to what Jackie Panter, Associate Head, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

Practical legal skills, developed and honed in realistic situations and settings, coupled with the latest theory, delivered by academic experts and experienced, practising professionals. Our Legal Practice Course offers the best of both worlds – striking the perfect balance to help you pave the way for a future in practice.

It’s a course designed to prepare you for life as a solicitor, in every way possible. That starts with setting up in groups, to reflect the kind of firm you could one day join. Together, you’ll tackle realistic legal challenges and scenarios to help you learn how to think and behave like a legal professional. With a series of case studies, you’ll go through the practical steps you would in the real world – from interviewing clients and writing letters of advice, to preparing legal documents and appearing in court. You’ll find the environment matches the approach too, with your own study areas, law library and mock courtroom.

As such, you’ll cover a comprehensive range of topics and subject areas, learning all the key skills and theories vital to professional practice. But there’s room to pursue your own interests too, exploring specialist subjects like criminal law, family law or immigration law – to name just a few.

You’ll have the chance to learn from an exceptional team, who can offer expertise and experience from a range of legal backgrounds. Thanks to our strong links throughout the sector, you’ll also be able to hear from some of the leaders in the field. We can even offer competitive work placements, giving the best students the chance to build their experience and their network. And, with our pro bono network, you’ll have the chance to put your skills to the test by volunteering to provide the kind of legal support that can make a real difference to people’s lives, not to mention your CV.

Charting a path to become a solicitor isn’t simple. But with the professional mind-set, practical skills and in-depth understanding our Legal Practice Course gives you, you can take a huge step toward a career in law.


You’ll study a comprehensive selection of core units, designed around the key areas set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. From there, we have a range of professionally-relevant option units you can choose to study. You’ll pick three – letting you shape your studies around your career ambitions and legal interests.

Core units

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Solicitors' Accounts
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Writing
  • Drafting
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Advocacy
  • Taxation

Option units

Choose three from a list including:

  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property 
  • Corporate Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Wills, Probate and Estate Planning

PLEASE NOTE: Each option unit will only be available if enough students choose to study it.

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Core Units

Property Law and Practice

Property Law and Practice workshops will be based primarily on a 3-link chain of residential conveyances. Students will hold files for the 2 joint sellers/buyers in the middle of the chain. You will progress these files from taking initial instructions to completion and post-completion formalities. In this way you will appreciate the nature of a property transaction and be able to identify and perform the critical steps in a transaction. 

Business Law and Practice

On completion of this unit, you will gain an understanding of the nature and structure of the different business media. You will be able to select an appropriate medium and structure to meet the client's commercial requirements and to advise on the legal and taxation implications. You will also be able to progress basic business transactions arising during the life and development of a business, and gain an understanding of the interests of different parties involved in the business including directors, shareholders and creditors.

Civil and Criminal Litigation

In the civil litigation workshops you will deal with civil disputes looking at case studies about breach of contract and negligence from receipt of initial instructions through to trial and enforcement of judgments. Along the way you will learn about the Civil Procedure Rules so that you understand their objective and application in litigation cases.

In the criminal litigation workshops you will advise on a range of offences at different stages of the criminal litigation process from detention by the police to the procedures leading to magistrates and crown court trial, evidence and sentencing. This will equip you to identify the steps and strategies that need to undertaken in the preparation and conduct of criminal litigation. 

Professional Conduct and Regulation

This provides an introduction to the regulation of solicitors and the outcomes focus approach to regulation adopted by the SRA. The workshops, on line activities and directed reading will cover the following areas:

  • Professional Conduct incorporating the relevant parts of the Solicitors Code of Conduct. The Profession incorporating its organisation, regulation and ethics
  • Financial Services incorporating relevant legislation and regulations
  • Money Laundering incorporating The Money Laundering Regulations.
Solicitor's Accounts

You will learn about the Solicitors Accounts Rules, how to deal with office and client money and the requirements in respect of trust monies. You will progressively develop your ability to draw up and interpret accounts and to identify and apply the relevant parts of the Solicitors Accounts Rules to ensure compliance with your professional responsibilities.

Wills and Administration of Estates

This unit will give you n a general overview of the content, format and validity of wills, obtaining grants of representation and administration of an estate by way of a combination of face-to-face teaching as well as by supported study including directed reading and on-line teaching. Your learning experience has a strong practical element and you are encouraged to consider issues such as client care and the rules of professional conduct where relevant. 

Practical Legal Research

You will be introduced to the principles and criteria that underpin effective practical legal research, together with a range of general research skills  Teaching will revolve around case-studies in which students will be required to undertake different research problems in a range of legal contexts, using appropriate paper and electronic resources and tools. In this way you will understand that effective Practical Legal Research skills and knowledge are necessary in all legal practice areas. 

Interviewing and Advising

There will be  interviewing and advising teaching in workshops across all the core subjects in terms of "real life" case studies and documents so that you will learn the skills necessary to conduct a legal interview and give legal advice as you would do in all areas of legal practice.  


You will gain an understanding of the principles that underpin effective legal advocacy and good practice. Teaching will be primarily in the context of Civil and Criminal litigation, however, advocacy skills also can be transferred to in any area of legal practice where presentation skills are used. 


You will learn about the skill of  drafting teaching in workshops across all the core subjects in terms of real life case studies and documents. In this way you will understand that effective drafting underpins all areas of good legal practice in all types of law firms. 


Writing is a skill developed in workshops in core subject areas using case studies and to acquire the skills necessary to communicate effectively in the context of solicitors practice. You will be required to research legal problems and then write using the appropriate medium tailored to suit the purpose of the communication and the needs of the recipient.


Taxation impacts on many areas of solicitors practice and in this unit you will acquire a sufficient grasp of tax law concerning Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, Corporation Tax, Vat and Capital Allowances to be able to use your knowledge to give initial advice in context of the core of the course. The unit integrates the workplace into the curriculum using case studies to develop your skills in a practical context. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Additional information about this course

At the point of applying to admission to the roll of solicitors, an applicant must satisfy the SRA that they have completed the necessary academic and vocation stage of training AND that there are no character or suitability issues preventing them from being admitted.

Placement options

As part of Manchester Law School, our LPC students have the opportunity to get involved in voluntary work through the Pro Bono Network. Working with one of our partners to provide free expertise to people in need means having the chance to build real skills and relevant experience.

Through the Pro Bono Network you will get the chance to explore different areas of law in practice. You'll build your professional network and ultimately, you could make a difference to someone's life even before you qualify. it helps you stand out from the crowd and increases your skills, confidence and employability.

We work with a variety of organisations on our pro bono projects, both local and international. If you join our network, you could be working in court with the Personal Support Unit, on a free advice line at Slater & Gordon, with a team of commercial pro bono lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard at our Business Law Cafe or even representing clients at appeal hearings through the Legal Advocacy Support Project.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £11,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2875 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £11,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2875 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

In addition to tuition fees, a registration fee of £15 is payable in year 1.

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There are no compulsory placements but some electives offer competitive placements if you applied for a competitive placement then any associated costs, such as travel to the placement or to court within the placement would be your responsibility. As those costs may vary considerably, we cannot estimate costs

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

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How to apply

Full-time applications: are via the Central Applications Board from the 1st October in the academic year prior to enrolment.

Part-time applications: download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Application deadline: 28th August 2020

The course is popular and we recommend that you apply as early as possible, however applications will be accepted up until Friday 28th August 2020 subject to places being available. Applying before the deadline does not guarantee you a place.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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