Having completed the GDL, the LPC will be the next step in legal training process. When I went from the GDL to the LPC, there were a few adjustments that I had to get used to. The LPC is a practical course and requires a slightly different approach to the GDL. I hope that the tips in this post will help you on the LPC.
(Disclaimer: I studied the GDL and LPC at BPP University, so my experience may differ if you are at the University of Law.)
Revise from the SGS solutions
On the LPC, the exam questions are all styled on the activities that you encounter in the Small Group Sessions (SGS). When it comes to revision, make sure you understand enough of the content to comfortably answer the SGS activities. Fortunately, you will be given the solutions to all the SGS activities. These solutions show you exactly which areas you need to focus your revision on.
Don’t worry about all the content in the chapter notes. Whilst they may give you a more complete explanation of the law and procedure, they contain a lot of information that you won’t need. I would definitely not recommend trying to take notes on all the Chapters. This is far too time consuming and will not be a great aid to your learning process.
A more valuable use of your time would be to go over the solutions and consolidate the SGS activities. You can attempt consolidation activities to test how much you have actually learnt. Don’t worry if you don’t get all the right answers. I found it far more useful to learn from my errors than simply looking over perfect notes.
Another good way to check your knowledge is to look at the learning outcomes. If you are able to do what is required in these learning outcomes then you should, in theory, be able to answer any question on the topic.
The LPC is all about procedure
As a professional course, the LPC has much more emphasis on the practical skills of being a solicitor. The core modules are based on transactions/scenarios that you would encounter as a solicitor. You need to be able to give both commercial and legal advice to a potential client. This differs from the GDL where you would usually be asked to provide simply a legal solution.
For Property Law and Practice, you’ll need to get to grips with each step in the sale/lease of a commercial property. In Business Law and Practice, most of what you learn can be summarised in a procedure plan for a company. The content in Civil Litigation will take you through the litigation process from pre-action to trial.
Whilst each topic on the GDL can generally be separated, the topics on the LPC are separated into the procedural steps. Understanding how these procedural steps fit together will put you in a good position when it comes to exams. Creating flowcharts for each process can really help to understand the topics and how they fit together.
Tab and highlight your permitted materials
As I’ve already mentioned, the LPC focuses on procedure. Your permitted materials will contain details of many of the procedural steps. This helps to reduce the amount of law you need to commit to memory. A good tabbing and highlighting system will therefore make your life much easier.
A helpful section to highlight is the contents pages. Highlighting all the relevant sections in the contents will help you find sections that you haven’t tabbed. In Civil Litigation, each part of the CPR has its own contents section in which you can highlight the relevant rules.
It might also be helpful to highlight certain definitions in a specific colour. This will remind you to refer to the definition/interpretation section when writing about a particular term. Additionally, highlighting references to other sections/statutes can help you to navigate across an act. The less time it takes for you to find a section, the more time you will have to answer your questions.
I hope these insights into the LPC can help your learning. If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to address, feel free to contact us, leave a comment below or follow us on social media!