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Getting to grips with the LPC

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!

3 thoughts on “Getting to grips with the LPC

    1. Hi Anna, thank you for leaving a comment. I think the biggest tip I can give you with answering questions is to make sure you follow a very logical chain of reasoning.

      You may have been taught to structure each point in three main parts:

      1. State the legal issue
      2. State the underlying legal principles
      3. Apply the law to the facts of the scenario

      The application part of your answers is the most important part and will help you to show the examiner that you actually understand the law.

      Keep these three parts in mind whenever you’re answering a question and it should help you structure your answers better.

      In terms of revision, the LPC is really about learning procedure. Whilst it might be dull, one way of going about learning the procedure is just to go over questions and understand why certain legal principles apply and how you apply them.

      Beyond that, I found it really helpful to draw flowcharts and diagrams to show the visualise the procedural steps. If you have open book exams, you may be allowed to use your own diagrams to help you in the exam. If you colour code your tabbing and highlighting, you can have this reflected in the colours of your diagrams too.

      I hope that helps; if you have any more questions feel free to leave another comment!

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