Manchester Met unveils fast-track LPC

Manchester Metropolitan University is launching a new slim-line part-time LPC, shaving six months off the compulsory vocational course.

The provider aims to run stage one of the LPC from September to June and the second stage from September to December, subject to Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) approval.

LPC Director David Amos said he expects the fast-track part-time course to be extremely popular with mature students who want a career change.

Weve found that the people who tend to do the part-time LPC are here to study and are very focused. Condensing the course will really appeal to those people who just want to get it done but who may need to work alongside their studies, he said.

The university has axed lectures on the new fast-track course in favour of small group sessions, which will run in three hour blocks, a move which Amos hopes will improve the amount of individual attention each student gets. The would-be lawyers will also have to complete a series of classes online.

The SRA will officially announce the providers it has approved to offer the new-look LPC from September 2009 on Friday (9 January).

Under the SRAs new guidelines the first stage of the LPC will have to cover the core practice areas, course skills and professional responsibilities and conduct. During the second stage students will need to complete three vocational electives.

Trainee solicitors who start a training contract after stage one of the LPC can study for their electives entirely in their own time (evening, weekends and/or by distance learning) or be given time off by their employers to study.

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