Legal Practice Course (Full-time) LLM Professional Course

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The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), introduced in September 2021, is the new route to qualification as a solicitor and anyone who would like to qualify as a solicitor can do so by passing the SQE assessments.  If you fall within the SRA’s transitional arrangements you can choose whether to qualify via the LPC or SQE route.

What are we looking for?

You will need one of the following options:

  • a Qualifying Law degree (2.2 or above).
  • Graduate Diploma in Law / CPE with an undergraduate degree (2.2 or above).
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualification.

All applicants should provide evidence in their personal statement of their commitment to a career in law and will be required to provide a full reference in support of their application.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

SRA Information – changes to Education and Training Regulations

The SRA has recently put in place proposals to simplify the training regulations.

These proposals have resulted in the removal of the requirements for students:

  1. to apply for a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage of Training
  2. to enrol with the SRA prior to commencing the LPC.

Please read the SRA revisions document

Please note that these changes could impact considerably upon you and it is your responsibility to ensure that you understand your revised obligations in respect of the LPC.

If you are in any doubt about how these changes affect you, please consult the SRA website.

Read our guidance on what the SQE means for you.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

Applications from students who have successfully completed either a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within five years of enrolment to our Legal Practice Course may be considered for exemption from attendance and assessment in the following:

  • Stage One – Litigation; Advocacy; Drafting
  • Stage Two – Two Vocational Electives.
  • It is important for such students to contact the Course Leader as promptly as possible prior to their application to the Central Applications Board to allow their APL application to be considered.

We await confirmation from the SRA of any exemptions available to students who have completed a Bar Training Course.

Students who transfer to Nottingham Law School to undertake Stage Two having successfully completed Stage One at another institution will be awarded the Professional Diploma.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student’s prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need one of the following options:

  • a Qualifying Law degree (2.2 or above).
  • Graduate Diploma in Law / CPE with an undergraduate degree (2.2 or above).
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualification.

All applicants should provide evidence in their personal statement of their commitment to a career in law and will be required to provide a full reference in support of their application.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests. For this course you will need:

  • IELTS 6.5 (5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking).

What is a Qualifying Law degree?

A Qualifying Law degree (QLD) is a degree recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority which enables you to progress on to further legal training to become a solicitor or barrister.

A Qualifying Law degree covers the seven foundations of Legal Knowledge:

  • Law of Contract and problem–solving
  • Law of Torts and Case Analysis
  • Public Law and Human Rights
  • European Union Law and Report writing
  • Law of Trusts and Applied Legal Analysis
  • Criminal Law with Mooting
  • Land Law and Professional Advice

If you have not covered the above in your undergraduate degree and want to progress on to the LLM LPC or LLM BTC, you will need to complete our Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) conversion course before you begin your legal training.

SRA Information – changes to Education and Training Regulations

The SRA has recently put in place proposals to simplify the training regulations.

These proposals have resulted in the removal of the requirements for students:

  1. to apply for a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage of Training
  2. to enrol with the SRA prior to commencing the LPC.

Please read the SRA revisions document

Please note that these changes could impact considerably upon you and it is your responsibility to ensure that you understand your revised obligations in respect of the LPC.

If you are in any doubt about how these changes affect you, please consult the SRA website.

Read our guidance on what the SQE means for you.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

Applications from students who have successfully completed either a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within five years of enrolment to our Legal Practice Course may be considered for exemption from attendance and assessment in the following:

  • Stage One – Litigation; Advocacy; Drafting
  • Stage Two – Two Vocational Electives.
  • It is important for such students to contact the Course Leader as promptly as possible prior to their application to the Central Applications Board to allow their APL application to be considered.

Students who transfer to Nottingham Law School to undertake Stage Two having successfully completed Stage One at another institution will be awarded the Professional Diploma.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student’s prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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