Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice)
School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences
Our award-winning teaching is informed by our world-class research in law and criminal justice. Our graduates are in demand all over the world.
About the course
September 2016 start
Sheffield is the only research-led university in England to offer an LPC.
Our students benefit from the internationally acclaimed academic legal research being done here, which gives them an edge.
An LPC is compulsory if you plan to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales. It combines the study of law with practical training in legal research, interviewing and advising, writing, drafting and advocacy.
Our Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice) is a hands-on course, using case studies and files based on those used in practice.
It incorporates performance-based assessments to hone your legal reasoning and develop skills in advocacy and client interviewing.
For even more experience, you can apply to work in our FreeLaw clinic, providing free legal advice to the local community.
The course has a high pass rate and a dedicated careers adviser within the law school to help you get the job you want.
Stage One (compulsory)
Stage Two (optional, choose three)
Dissertation (submitted in August)
Your dissertation can be up to 12,000 words. You can pick any topic that interests you as long as it is related to an aspect of legal practice. Further guidance will be given in the research methods seminars.
The tutor who teaches the research methods seminars will also be your dissertation supervisor. Your dissertation supervisor will be able to answer queries by email and meet you on three occasions.
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The Legal Practice Course trains you to masters standard, allowing you to develop an excellent knowledge and understanding of legal practice, whilst also providing you with the vocational qualification you need in order to go on to practise as a solicitor.
Highly regarded by the profession and consistently recognised for the quality of its teaching, the course is part of a top-ranking Russell Group University within a vibrant city, and yet is small enough to remain personal.
The MA in Legal Practice is very much a hands-on course, using case studies and files based on those used in practice. We ask you to research and acquire knowledge, put that into context, identify issues and place the client at the centre of the problem. Upon completion of this vocational aspect of the course, you then go on to submit a dissertation.
Students who choose not to submit a dissertation will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (which satisfies the vocational requirements).
You can opt to take the course part-time, in which case you are only required to come in for approximately six hours per week – allowing you the rest of your time to gain valuable work experience, something which is highly regarded by employers.
Legal Practice Course Stage One (compulsory)
Stage Two (optional, choose three)
A good second class honours or above in a qualifying law degree, or equivalent undergraduate degree plus Sheffield’s MA Law or any law conversion course (Common Professional Examination or Graduate Diploma in Law). We’ll also consider the appropriate level of ILEX qualification.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
For part-time study, please apply via the School of Law website
Fees and funding
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