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Course summary

Prepare for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 1 and 2 and for practice as a solicitor. This new programme replacing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) has been designed in consultation with leading law firms to offer a relevant and modern course focused on employability. The Solicitors’ Practice Programme is designed for those preparing for the new route to qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales. Training to be a solicitor is an exciting, yet a challenge to undertake. The City Law School has been training solicitors for decades, many of whom have gone on to achieve prized positions in the legal world, so you can be assured that we have the ideal programme to help you excel in the SQE. The programme has been carefully designed in collaboration with leading law firms who have outlined exactly what they seek in newly qualified solicitors. This course is for holders of undergraduate law degrees (or non-Law graduates with a GDL) who wish to qualify as solicitors in England & Wales and who wish to achieve an academic qualification as part of their preparation for the SQE assessments. You will build on your existing legal knowledge and will acquire the knowledge and skills required both for the SQE assessments and for practising as a solicitor.


Over two 10-week terms, you will study the requisite material to successfully pass the SQE 1 and SQE 2 respectively, equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma. If you select the Master of Laws (LLM) pathway, this will be followed by an additional 5-week elective term and submission of a legal practice research project to deepen your understanding of an area of legal practice that is of particular interest to you. In term 1 you will cover the areas set out in the SQE1 Assessment Specification. The areas of legal knowledge covered are very wide-ranging, but to a significant extent they will consolidate your existing legal knowledge, whilst extending it in ways relevant to practice, and placing your knowledge firmly within the practical context of legal practice. The approach taken will help to ensure that you are accustomed to applying your knowledge to the form of questions used in SQE1. In term 2 you will cover the practical legal skills listed in the SQE2 Assessment Specification, within the context of the five legal practice areas specified. Five areas of law may be relevant, so you will be drawing on and further extending the knowledge you acquired in Term 1. Much of your learning will take place within the context of realistic practical exercises enabling you to develop legal professional skills, while learning how to apply your knowledge. In addition, you will study pervasive subjects that have not yet been fully covered to ensure you have a full understanding of the professional and real-world context within which a solicitor works. If you choose to take the LLM route, in addition to the above, in term 3 you will have the opportunity to specialise, selecting two Electives that will enable you to gain insight into specialist areas of legal practice. In addition, you will complete a Legal Practice Research Project to deepen your understanding of an area of legal practice that is of particular interest to you. This should assist you in further developing skills and knowledge that will support your career development and make you attractive to a potential employer. Modules Terms 1 and 2 are for both Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Laws (LLM): Term 1

  • Professional Legal Knowledge 1 (30 credits)
  • Professional Legal Knowledge 2 (30 credits)
Term 2
  • Interpersonal Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • Analytical Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • Written Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • Preparation for Practice (15 credits)
Term 3 (Master of Laws LLM only)
  • Advanced Litigation (15 Credits)
  • Advanced Commercial Property (15 credits)
  • Commercial Law & Intellectual Property (15 credits)
  • Employment Law (15 credits)
  • Family Law (15 credits)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (15 credits)
  • Research project (15 Credits)
- Legal Practice Research Project (30 credits)

Assessment method

The whole programme takes a real-world approach, encouraging you from the start to consider the scenarios you work with as real cases involving real clients. This will help you to develop commercial awareness, and to take into account practical considerations as you would need to do when advising on a transaction or dispute. This is a blended learning programme that is taught through face to face tutorials supported by a range of online resources. Internal Assessments The assessments set internally by City Law School are designed to help you to see how well prepared you are for the formal SQE assessments. If you undertake the LLM pathway, you will complete two pieces of coursework in term 3, plus a 7,500-10,000 word legal research project. External Assessments The formal SQE1 and SQE2 assessments that are required to qualify as a solicitor can only be taken as part of a centralised process authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). This programme aims to prepare you to succeed in these assessments by incorporating multiple-choice questions of the kind used in the SQE1 assessment, and term 2 modules are based on practical legal skills of the type used in the SQE2 assessment.

Entry requirements

To enter the course, you must have one of the following: - A UK honours degree in law normally with a classification of 2.1 or above - A UK honours degree in a subject other than law with a classification of 2:1 or above AND a UK Graduate Diploma in Law (or equivalent graduate or postgraduate course that covers the necessary foundations of legal knowledge), normally with an average of at least 50% OR - An overseas degree (in any subject) with a classification equivalent to 2:1 or above AND a UK Graduate Diploma in Law (or equivalent graduate or postgraduate course that covers the necessary foundations of legal knowledge), normally with an average of at least 50% OR - An overseas degree in law, with a classification equivalent to 2:1 or above, which is based on common law and is specified in the list of exceptionally permitted overseas degrees. It is possible for a person without a Law degree or Law conversion course (such as the GDL) to qualify as a solicitor (provided they have a degree in another subject or an equivalent qualification or work experience), however our programme is designed for students who already have a sound grounding in the basic principles of law, so such applicants will not be accepted for this programme.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £16500 Whole course
International £16500 Whole course
England £16500 Whole course
Northern Ireland £16500 Whole course
Scotland £16500 Whole course
Wales £16500 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Solicitors' Practice Programme at City, University of London - UCAS