If you want to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales you will need to complete the legal practice course the vocational stage of training that bridges the gap between academic studies and life in a law firm. Westminster Law School has a well established reputation for the delivery of solicitors' vocational training and this course equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful 21st-century lawyer. Our approach is friendly and supportive, with small, interactive group work, allowing you to benefit from individual guidance and help. Using experienced teachers, and high-quality teaching materials, sessions are set within a balanced timetable and replicate the tasks undertaken in practice. Distinctive features of the course include: the broad range of Stage 2 electives offered, reflecting areas of practice from high-street to city firms. The opportunity to undertake real client legal work under the supervision of tutors working in the Student Law Centre. Currently students can choose to specialise in 1 of 3 streams of work: judicial review, family or property. The focus is on experiential learning through reflection, analysis and planning. The opportunity to be paired with a mentor currently in practice in an area of work you are interested in.
Applicants should have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in a qualifying Law degree or non-law degree followed by Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 qualification. Students must have covered the following seven law topics: Constitutional and Adminstrative Law, The Law Contract, Equity and Trusts, EU Law, Land Law(property Law) or Law or Torts. Applicants who studied the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within last five years may be eligible for exemptions. Due to recent changes to Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) regulations, it is important that applicants have met SRA education and training requirements for the purpose of the LPC before they enrol on the course. If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing. One academic reference is required.