Dear Law Student,
The transition between undergraduate law school to the Legal Practice Course in the past few months is interesting and that is to say that both are delivered in very different ways. I am an international student who wants to practice and qualify in England Wales and began the LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors) Course in January 2020. Today, I hope to be able to share with you what are key differences between the LLB and the LPC and how the skills combined make you a more attractive candidate.
The delivery of the LLB program is primarily focused on academic work, debate and discussion. It teaches us to grasp legal concepts and eventually lead to understanding how it has been applied in cases and statutory precedent.
Contrary to the LLB, the LPC is delivered with a primary focus of developing the student’s understanding of the commercial world, legal procedures and handling of documents. It focuses on practical skills such as drafting of common types of contracts in the business world and documents relating to litigation.
There were many points in time during my undergraduate days where I found it very challenging to memorise chunks of cases and journal articles. I dreaded exams for this reason and always opted for course work where the opportunity presented itself. However, it also allowed me to develop my research skills and intuition in identifying issues in the law.
In comparison, the LPC is focused on the application of the law and the rights of different parties in a transaction or proceeding. It focuses on the statute and civil procedural rules that act as an overarching framework; governing procedures, rights and rules. The LPC student is expected to be familiar with different statutory frameworks, and to be able to apply the statute to unique circumstances. I found that I have enjoyed the application of the law far more than academia because it provided greater insight into the work of a practising solicitor.
Academia and practical skills are both important skills that make you competent in your practice. The LLB and the LPC are distinct from one another because one primarily focuses on academia and the latter on the development of practical legal skills. I have been fortunate to work in different tier firms around the world and what these experiences have shown me is that each practice group has different needs. Litigation and dispute resolution would often require more academia in creating legal solutions for clients, whilst working on capital markets would require more technical drafting skills in creating an application for listing or drafting of the prospectus.
I hope that this a comprehensive overview of the LLB and the LPC and that it will help with any decisions that you make in the future. Till next time!