PgDip Legal Practice

About the course

If you want to be a solicitor and work in the legal profession, the full-time one-year PGDip Legal Practice course is your great starting point prior to a full masters LLM programme.This course offers an established route into the legal profession preparing you to obtain a prestigious LLM.

In Semesters A and B, you will study Stages 1 and 2 of the Legal Practice Course (LPC), both of which are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA):

  • Stage 1 includes compulsory modules on Professional Conduct and Regulation, Wills and Administration of Estates, Solicitors' Accounts, Legal Writing, Legal Drafting, Practical Legal Research, Advocacy, Interviewing and Advising, plus 3 core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Litigation (both Criminal and Civil) and Property Law and Practice.
  • Stage 2 elective modules (choice of 3) include Employment Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, Personal Injury, Private Client and Estate Planning, Commercial Law, Commercial Property Law and Private Acquisitions.

Why choose this course?

University of Hertfordshire is well known for its great links with industry and the professions, its first-class teaching, high-quality facilities and dedicated staff. Naturally, this course is no different. Taught by experts, including practising solicitors and barristers, it will equip you with all the up-to-date, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills you will need for your career in the legal profession.

Our innovative teaching methods utilise experiential learning to prepare you for practice, including our state-of-the-art courtroom where you will develop advocacy skills – a core component of the LLM Legal Practice. You will also have many opportunities to undertake co-curricular activities to strengthen your skills in areas such as commercial awareness, adjudication and family mediation and to participate in a range of pro-bono projects, including our award-winning Law Clinic.  

We limit class sizes to ensure that you receive the best teaching and pastoral support. This also enables the teaching to be flexible and focused on the needs of the individual students, setting them on their chosen pathways into highly successful legal careers. 

You may be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England, so you can focus entirely on your studies to maximise your potential. Find out more about a Postgraduate Master's Loan on the Government website. 

Hertfordshire Law School has helped graduates forge successful careers for 40 years. You’ll benefit from our reputation for being forward thinking, innovative, and responsive to the world around us.

Award-winning: Best Contribution by a Team of Students helping vulnerable people at risk of homelessness in Hertfordshire (Law Works Student Pro Bono Awards, 2022). 

What will I study?

This one-year intensive full-time course consists of two face-to-face teaching days per week, and in addition, you will be required to complete guided study on your non-teaching days. Assessments may fall on any day of the week. In Semester B, depending on your elective choices, you may be required to attend classes on more than 2 days per week.

The focus of our teaching model is interactive workshops supported by online lectures. Assessment is carried out via a range of methods in accordance with the SRA requirements including oral assessments and open book examinations. Small class sizes and dedicated support from tutors will encourage you to give your best to your studies.

Further course information

Additional information

Sandwich placement or study abroad year

n/a

Applications open to international and EU students

Yes

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