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
|Fees and funding||
You can look up fees for full-time and part-time postgraduate courses here.
You can find further information on tuition fees for both UK/EU and overseas students here.
Studying for your degree at the University of Sheffield offers you a world-class high-quality qualification and excellent value for money. One of the great advantages of studying at the University of Sheffield is that your money will go further in our city.
Postgraduate taught course tuition fee deposits
If you are an International applicant and have accepted a place on a taught postgraduate course, the University of Sheffield will ask you to pay a deposit towards your course tuition fee. By paying a tuition fee deposit you will indicate that you are definitely going to take up your place. Read more here.
Home or overseas tuition fee status?
In common with other UK universities, the University of Sheffield charges different fees dependent on whether students are classed as Home or Overseas for tuition fee purposes. The decision to class a student as a Home or an Overseas student is determined by government legislation as set out in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007. The regulations governing the fee status of students can be found on the government legislation website.
Applications for the Legal Practice Course (full-time study only) must be made through the Law Central Applications Board. On completing the application you will be requested by the Law Central Applications Board to pay their registration fee. More information is available on the Law Central Applications Board website under 'Guidance Notes'.
Funding your study
Find out more about financial support, money management and additional support here.
We are committed to giving you as many opportunities as possible to succeed. One of the ways we do this is through the range of scholarships and funding that are available to you through the University.
Other potential costs
If for any reason, you fail or are unable to complete an assessed piece of work which is a requirement to pass your course, you may be required to pay a reassessment fee. information about these fees can be found on the University's exam webpages.
The Student Services Information Desk provides more information about other fees that may apply.
Please be aware that this information can be subject to change if there is a change in policy.
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, 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.
Places are limited. Therefore we recommend submitting your application early to avoid disappointment.