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Cardiff Law School is set to launch a new part-time legal practice course (LPC) next year in a bid to make a career in law more affordable for students.
The university already offers the full-time LPC and, subject to approval by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), it will be providing the part-time option from September 2010.
The director of the centre for professional legal studies at Cardiff Law School Ian Brookfield said he expected the part-time course to be popular with students who needed to work to fund their studies.
“We will be offering the LPC part-time as well as full-time to accommodate differing student needs in the changing LPC market place,” he said. “It’s an exciting opportunity to expand our excellent LPC to meet the needs of busy part-time students.”
The news comes after the law school was among the first institutions to be validated by the SRA to launch the initial round of new-look full-time LPCs in September.
This is the biggest shake-up of the course since it was set up in 1993. It will enable students who otherwise might not be able to afford the course in the current economic climate to work alongside their studies.
Under the SRA’s 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. This stage can be completed with a different LPC provider.
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.