Introduction: How to Get Good Results on the LPC
After you have completed your undergraduate degree or the GDL, it is possible that you may want to do the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to gain the practical knowledge required to undertake a training contract. If you have a training contract, your future employer might stipulate where you need to study the LPC but if you don’t have a training contract lined-up, you’re free to decide which provider you want to go to for the LPC.
The LPC is different to a law degree or the GDL in that it is aiming to prepare you for practising law and is not just about academic knowledge. Consequently, you will have to complete not only core and elective modules, but also a number of professional skills exams such as interviewing, advising, legal drafting and legal research.
So, how do you manage the transition from life on the law degree or GDL to life on the LPC? Here are some top tips from our tutors:
Make Sure You Read The Advanced Material
It is likely that the provider will send you advanced material to read before you start the LPC. It’s important to remember that you might not understand everything you are reading.
However, making the effort to read the material that has been sent to you will stand you in good stead as you will become familiar with the terminology and you will be able to navigate yourself around the documentation more easily when going through it in tutorials.
Make Notes As You Go Along
Due to the sheer volume of information that you will cover on the LPC, it is worth making notes after each tutorial. It can be difficult to find the motivation to go through the process of making notes after every tutorial but it is a good way to reinforce your knowledge. Having a good set of notes will also make your life easier when it comes to the revision period and when you are under pressure to consolidate the knowledge.
Use The Open-book Exam To Your Advantage
If your LPC provider has an open-book exam, you should use this to your advantage by becoming very familiar with the textbook and your files. It is important to tab your notes and books so that you can quickly refer to sections during the exam and it is important to remember that you won’t have enough time to sit and read large sections of the textbook in the exam. Remember that the theory may be in the textbook or your file but what the examiner will be looking for is the application of the knowledge.
Use The Resources You Have Available
Your institution will provide you with access to a library which will contain a variety of different resources and it’s important to use these to your advantage. If you’re struggling with the content, use alternative resources, speak to your tutor or seek additional support. When you first start the LPC, the material can seem unfamiliar and difficult but it’s important to remember that as you go along, you will start to become more confident with the terminology and content.