89%* of Manchester Law School’s LPC students go into legal roles after graduating.
*Recent Destination Survey of Postgraduate Law Students
Placements. Pro Bono. Mentoring. Networking…
The LPC at Manchester Law School is packed with unmissable, career boosting opportunities.
At Manchester Law School you’ll get dedicated tutor support.
And all the help you need to excel.
Study the Legal Practice Course at Manchester Law School
Ambitions of becoming a solicitor? Get your career off to a flying start with Manchester Law School’s Legal Practice Course.
The LPC is a professional law course that enables you to go on to qualify as a solicitor. Yet, the Legal Practice Course here at Manchester Law School offers you a great deal more than just a qualification. Focused on bringing law to life, both the part-time and full-time LPC programmes are centred around real life legal situations – you’ll work through case studies which replicate realistic legal scenarios. Perfect for helping you develop the core practice skills you need as a solicitor: preparing legal documents, advising and interviewing clients.
Our LPC fees are almost 20% cheaper than some other LPC providers in the area. And, if you’re an existing MMU student you benefit from a further 10% discount.
Practical. Innovative. Interactive.
Manchester Law School’s LPC combines traditional teaching methods with innovative techniques, all conducted in our leading £16m purpose-built Law School building. High levels of face-to-face tuition, interactive workshops and e-learning via Moodle, are complemented by outstanding placement opportunities, an impressive mentoring scheme, voluntary legal schemes and a superb work placement programme. To find out more about our entire range of employability initiatives, take a look at our Careers & Employability section.
The LPC teaching team at Manchester Law School is made up of dedicated, highly experienced lawyers, all of whom write and deliver the course. Their first-hand understanding of what’s needed to excel in a career in law is demonstrated in their teaching, materials and unprecedented student support. This will ensure you’re fully prepared for life as a solicitor.
As a result of this and our outstanding links with the region’s legal profession, our students frequently realise their ambitions. Despite beginning the LPC without a training contract, 89%* go on to take up jobs in law with organisations like Irwin Mitchell, Manchester City Council, New Charter, Clearlaw Solicitors, DWF, Keoghs LLP, Pannone and many more.
*Recent Destination Survey of Postgraduate Law Students
Focused on your future
Employability is at the heart of the Legal Practice Course at Manchester Law School. That’s why, as well as all of the usual support you would expect from a university, on the LPC we offer a fabulous careers events programme. Even in the first week of term you can look forward to an Employability afternoon.
During these events you can take advantage of so many opportunities. Employers and ex-students spend the day with our LPC students. Students talk about their experiences of the course and applying for jobs. Employers will explain what they look for in a candidate, and how to excel, in order to secure a trainee position.
Five reasons to choose Manchester Law School’s LPC
Dependable, friendly and expert tutor and careers support is available before you enrol and for up to three years after you complete your LPC. This is all designed to help you maximise your potential.
Adjoined to the £75 million Business School, and housed in a purpose-built £16 million facility, Manchester Law School boasts excellent and exclusive study facilities, including private personal study areas, equipped with the latest learning technology. Flexible learning is available with round the clock access to an extensive 750,000+ stocked library, as well as digital learning support and materials so you can learn wherever you choose.
Great networking opportunities. Thanks to our excellent links with Manchester’s vibrant legal community we are able to offer our students a fantastic range of experiences, including guest speaker events, a dedicated Careers & Employability adviser, practitioner mentor scheme, work experience and much more.
Excellent prospects: In a recent survey 89%* of students took up legal roles after graduation. We currently have alumni in organisations such as New Charter, Irwin Mitchell, Manchester City Council, Clearlaw Solicitors, Adidas, HRMC Charles Russell, Pannone and many more.
Exclusive learning spaces
Manchester Law School boasts some of the best law school facilities around, with exclusive areas reserved purely for our LPC students. These feature the very latest equipment to support learning, including an excellent LPC Resources Room installed with leading technology and a range of essential practitioner texts. Students also have access to two additional study rooms, together with superb postgraduate facilities in the new Business School. As online resources are crucial to the course, we’ve made sure LPC students have access to personal computers and on the first floor of the School you’ll also find an IT drop-in suite that is home to 70 computers.
New Charter employability initiatives
Our LPC students have received tremendous opportunities with New Charter Housing Trust Group (the Trust) and the success stories emanating from this are numerous. The Trust’s support and on-going reward initiatives are highly appreciated and have included:
1. Awards for best performing students on the full-time, part-time and LPC overall.
2. Fixed short-term work placements within The Trust’s in-house legal team for students on the part-time LPC.
3. Work placements.
Get legal experience with Pro Bono
Take advantage of Manchester Law School’s range of Pro Bono schemes. Pro Bono is unpaid legal work, carried out for good causes, and offers you the chance to hone your legal skills and boost your career prospects. Manchester Law School has an extensive range of pioneering Pro Bono schemes that cover the whole spectrum of legal work, including civil, criminal and commercial work, judicial review work and international law. You could find yourself advising and supporting families of prisoners, or working on death row cases via our Amicus internships.
Download our Pro-Bono-Leaflet to find out more.
To get the top legal jobs, you need to do that bit more. This is why you can demonstrate that you are prepared to offer more than most by ensuring you complement your course with as much relevant extra curricular experience as possible. Your degree and work placement are just not enough. Law firms are looking for ‘transferable skills’ – something you’re certain to develop if you volunteer! Register on Volunteering MMU today.
Dependable careers & employability advice
Advise is available from your own personal tutor, a dedicated LPC careers adviser and the wider Careers & Employability team. During your course, whether you are a part-time or full-time student, there is an extensive range of programmes and events designed to support you in your quest to secure a training contract. These include employer speaker programmes, CV enhancing extra-curricular opportunities, one-to-one appointments and help with applications.
Practitioner Mentor Scheme
Sign up to our mentor scheme early for the chance to be teamed up with a leading local law practitioner who will support you throughout your Legal Practice Course. Complementing the hands-on assistance from your own tutor, mentors will be able to give you a real insight into life in practice, and provide you with essential tips on how to gain the most from your learning. They will be your link to the local legal community and may be just the useful contact you need when it comes to securing a training contract.
Competitive LPC work placements
As part of our programme, on both the part-time LPC, and full-time LPC, there are opportunities to secure legal work experience placements with some of the region’s leading law firms. These are competitive, but by submitting a piece of work, set and reviewed by each firm, you could be awarded a placement.
Placements so far have included:
- Advanced Criminal Litigation – 1 week placement
- Commercial Law - 1 week placement with Pannone
- Corporate Practice - 1 week placement with Pannone
- Corporate Practice / Media – 1 week placement in the legal team at ITV
- Commercial Litigation - 2 students, 1 week placement with Irwin Mitchell
- Family – 2 students, 1 week placement in the legal department, Bolton Council Childcare Team
- Media Placement – 1 week placement at Jones Maidement Wilson, JMW
- Personal Injury – 2 students, 1 week placement at Express Solicitors, (Find Out More )
- Housing – Students receive a choice of placement with: New Charter (2 students for 2 weeks); Stephensons (2 students for up to 3 weeks); Shelter (5 students for 1 day); WTB Solicitors (1 student for 2 days); Manchester City Council (2 students for 3 days)
- Part-time students – 1 week placement at Weightmans, over the Summer
A high number of our Manchester Law School LPC students go on to secure full-time positions with their placement firm. Recently one of our Housing students who secured a placement with Stephensons Solicitors was then offered full-time job.
Tailored learning on the LPC
At Manchester Law School our law courses are very much shaped by our students aspirations and career goals. We offer a broad range of electives which provide you with the freedom to choose how you want to structure your learning.
With 12 elective units as well as 12 core subjects, you can tailor your learning to suit your interests and ambitions. Working in consultation with leading law firms in Manchester and the region we make sure all content is pertinent to current legal practice and we offer placements in these elective subjects too.
Our elective options have increased and so we’ve worked hard to supplement our placement programme too with
Two 1 week work experience placements with ITV in London – open to Media elective students and Corporate Practice/Business students
And a part-time, 1 week placement with Weightmans for the Employment Law Team.
Jennifer Nash, LPC
“My experience at Manchester Metropolitan University has been really good. The staff are very supportive and have shown genuine concern whenever I have needed any help.”
Nadia McMahon-Wilson, LPC
“I chose Manchester Law School because of its reputation as I had heard good things about the university from friends, who all said it was a great university in which to undertake postgraduate study.”