Course summary

This course gives you both a Qualifying Law Degree and the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The course is geared to professional practice, and you can start your training to become a solicitor as soon as you graduate. From the start of the course you will be given an introduction to the skills required by lawyers. This prepares you for the clinical experience in Years 3 and 4, where you will work with real clients on real cases, offering you invaluable experience which will make you more attractive to future employers. Fees are consistent throughout rather than increasing at the LPC stage, so the course offers a more accessible route to becoming a solicitor. On completion you will carry out a period of work-based learning (currently called a training contract) under the supervision of a solicitor. Students completing the course, or those choosing to leave with a Qualifying Law Degree after three years, can also begin to train as a barrister. The general ethos of the course is one of integration of the academic and practical. In Years 1 and 2 you will cover the same core subjects as you would on a Qualifying Law Degree. Alongside these subjects you will study two modules, Legal Systems and Skills and 21st Century Law and Skills, which have been specifically designed for this course. In Year 3 you will build on the foundations provided in these preparatory skills modules to work on real cases handled by the Student Law Clinic in the Clinical Legal Practice 1 module. You will carry out this work under supervision and with appropriate training. You will also study a mixture of academic and practical subjects including some Legal Practice Course subjects. Year 4 is entirely devoted to the practical subjects that would ordinarily be studied on the Legal Practice Course, while you will continue to work with real clients in the Student Law Clinic on the Clinical Legal Practice 2 module.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Contract
  • Legal Systems and Skills
  • Public Law
  • Tort
  • Criminal Law

One optional subject from the following:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Legal Practice
  • Introduction to Rights and the Law
  • The Portrayal of Justice: Screen Representations of Law and Lawyers
  • Mooting and Advocacy
  • People Culture and Property
  • Law and Social Media

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • 21st Century Law and Skills
  • Land Law
  • EU Law
  • Equity and Trusts

Two optional subject from the following:

  • Adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Housing Law
  • Law and Culture
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Introduction to Human Rights Law
  • Work Placement in a Legal Setting
  • Child Protection Law and Policy
  • Law and Social Justice
  • Law and Sport in Contemporary Society

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Legal Practice Skills (including PLR and Writing)
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Clinical Legal Practice

One optional subject from:

  • Company Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition Law
  • Criminal Procedure and Evidence
  • Disability Law
  • Dissertation in Law
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law and Family Justice
  • Human Rights: Substantive Legal Protection
  • Law of Intellectual Property
  • Law of International Trade
  • Media Law
  • New Legal Thinking, Theory, Philosophy and Justice
  • International Law and Global Justice
  • Religion, Law and Society
  • Advanced Criminal Law

Credit Level 6

Subjects of study include:

  • Clinical Legal Practice
  • Litigation (Civil and Criminal)
  • Business Law & Practice (Taxation)
  • Advocacy
  • Wills and Administration (Interviewing)
  • Drafting
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (PCR)
  • Solicitors Accounts

Two optional subjects from:

  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment
  • Entertainment and Media
  • Family
  • Immigration
  • Internet and Social Media Law
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Private Acquisitions
  • Housing
  • International Family Law
Credit Level 7

Newcastle Plus Electives

As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.


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