Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice)
The LPC trains you to Masters standard, allowing you to develop an excellent academic understanding in an area of law and practice whilst also providing you with the vocational qualification you need in order to go on to practise as a solicitor.
Why choose our Legal Practice Course?
Our LPC is respected by the profession and consistently recommended by notable leading national firms 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 submit a dissertation* .
If you decided to take the course part-time, you would only be required to come in for approximately six hours per week - allowing you the rest of your time to gain valuable experience, something which is highly regarded by employers.
*Should you decide not to complete the dissertation but complete the remainder of the course successfully, you will be awarded the PG Diploma in Legal Practice (which satisfies the vocational requirements).
Meet the team
All the teaching staff on the Legal Practice Course at Sheffield have significant experience of private practice.
Over a third of the teaching team practised at partnership level and the tutors have experience over a wide range of practice from national commercial firms to high street practices to local authority work. Some of the tutors continue to practice alongside the course. The overwhelming majority of the teaching staff also hold a teaching qualification and are Fellows of the Higher Education Authority.
Director of this course
Clare joined the LPC at the University of Sheffield in 1994 having qualified as a solicitor in 1984. Before joining the LPC, she was a partner in a private practice firm and was head of the wills, probate and trust department and the financial services department. Immediately after qualification she advised clients in all areas of law, later specialising in private client work.
Careers help and advice
Louise Glover is our dedicated careers adviser for the Law School based in Bartolome House, working closely with the University Careers Service and local firms of solicitors and organisations linked with the legal profession. Louise is a qualified solicitor with City and regional experience and has also taught law and legal practice at the School of Law.
Louise assists students with:
Louise arranges practice interviews with local solicitors for those who request them.
Over 80% of students start on the LPC without having secured training contracts, with the help of our careers adviser, we provide advice, assistance and guidance to our students for up to 3 years following completion of the course. The latest figures show that 2½ years after the end of the course 70% have secured training contracts and a further 19% are doing paralegal work. 3½ years after the end of the course 80% are trainees and 8% are paralegals.
You will also have use of the University's extensive careers advice website and events. Each year the university hosts one of the north's largest and most successful law fairs which is also open to you.
More information on careers and employability
All applications are considered on an individual basis based on an applicant's merit and satisfactory references. We may wish to interview you before offering you a place.
If you are studying your undergraduate degree, you can apply for postgraduate courses at any time with your predicted results. We may make you a conditional offer.
For all LPC applications you must meet the following criteria:
English language requirements:
Our minimum English requirement is:
Subject to the above, if you put us as your first choice in your list of Legal Practice Course providers, we guarantee you an offer of a place*.
How to apply
The application process for the Legal Practice Course is slightly different depending upon the pathway you have chosen. Full details plus information on funding and scholarships are available in the next tab 'How to apply' above.
If you need any further information, please contact us.
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The application process for the Legal Practice Course is slightly different depending upon the pathway you have chosen, please check the relevant pathway below for for information.
If you need any further information, please contact us.
There is no institutional deadline for the submission of applications for postgraduate taught courses. However, if you’re not going to be able to start your studies on time, you may be asked to defer to the following academic year so please allow plenty of time to make your application. Remember, if you are successful, there are other arrangements to be made before coming to university.
Funding and Scholarships
We are pleased to be able to offer a 10% discount on the course fees to students of any discipline who have graduated from The University of Sheffield. This applies to both the full time and part time pathways for the 2016/2017 session. Please note only self-financing students qualify for this discount. For more information see Postgraduate Alumni Rewards.
You can also apply for the Postgraduate Masters Loan.
If you are an international student, you can find out about the scholarships available to you. This information is provided by our International Office: Scholarships for International Applicants
For information on further funding opportunities, please visit the Postgraduate Student Funding Table