• Become a Licensed Probate Practitioner
  • Exams at your own regulated firm
  • Enrol & start at any time
  • One-to-one tutor support & group tutorials
  • 2 years access to all full Diploma materials and resources

Become a Licensed Probate Practitioner with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)

We are delighted to announce that we are working with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) with LTC having been accredited by SQA to deliver qualifications to become a Licensed Conveyancer and a Licensed Probate Practitioner.

The CLC route to qualifying as a specialist in Conveyancing and Probate is a flexible route for anyone who wishes to become a qualified practitioner in one or both of these areas of Law.

It is an excellent path to qualify as a lawyer not only for those with no legal qualifications, but also for paralegals with some legal qualification who wish to advance their career by becoming a Licensed Conveyancer and/or Probate Practitioner.
The cost for both Level 4 and Level 6 Diplomas is less than a year’s university tuition, and can be spread flexibly throughout the duration of your studies.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

When can I enrol and can I start whenever I want?

You can enrol and start at any time.


What Will I Learn?

The Level 4 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice comprises of 5 units. These can be completed in as little as 12 months – your completion time will depend on your study plan to be agreed with your tutor.

The 5 units are:

  • The English Legal System
  • Law of Contract
  • Land Law
  • Law of Wills and Succession
  • Understanding Accounting Procedures for Probate Transactions

The Level 6 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice comprises of 3 units. These can be completed in as little as 12 months – your completion time will depend on your study plan to be agreed with your tutor.

The 3 units are:

  • Administration of Estates
  • Wills, Succession and Grants of Probate
  • Managing Client and Office Accounts (Probate)

How are the course units delivered and assessed?

have designed a flexible approach to studying the CLC units with a supported distance-learning model which blends the best of e-learning and tutor support, enabling you to study at your own pace while at the same time having unlimited support from our experienced tutors.

At Level 4, all units apart from one (the Accounts unit), are assessment-based and therefore you have the flexibility to complete these assessments in the comfort of your own environment when you are ready.
At Level 6, all units are assessed under exam conditions as follows:

Assessment options available (for exam based units)

  • In-house: at your regulated firm at a date of your choosing (regulated by SRA, CLC or CILEx)
  • External centre: at one of our external centres around the country during fixed assessment dates Bristol (March, June, September and December each year)
  • LTC: At the LTC centre in Canterbury at a date of your choosing (subject to availability)

 For each unit you study, you will receive the following:

  • Course access and support for full diplomas: 2 years access to all e-learning materials and tutor support
  • Course access and support for individual units: 1-year access to all e-learning materials and tutor support
  • Unlimited tutor support with learner queries being answered in 24 hours
  • A step-by-step study plan, setting out a suggested programme of study for your unit
  • Pre-recorded lectures, covering the learning outcomes for the unit and the key legal points that need to be studied to ensure your success in the exams
  • Group tutorial workshops (webinars), discussing the legal theory that was covered in the pre-recorded lectures, enabling candidates to have all their questions answered
  • One to one tutorials with your course tutor (webinars)
  • Additional checklists, summaries and study materials to help you prepare for your exams
  • The official SQA course manual (PDF and hard copy)
  • Free additional text book (hard copy) to supplement the official manual
  • Additional free e-books for life on English Legal System, Contract and Land Law which are specifically designed to explain difficult concepts, revise and prepare for assessments. Full e-book functionality allows users to easily annotate, highlight and create custom flashcards.
  • Free access for LTC learners to the Thomson Reuters Practical Law, the leading online legal know-how service used by over 140,000 lawyers worldwide. Practical Law provides unparalleled range of resources from practice notes, current awareness, checklists, standard documents and a unique ‘Ask-Legal Query service’, which are invaluable for students needing practical guidance.
  • Weekly mini-assessments to ensure you are on track with your studying
  • Intensive revision sessions
  • An interactive online forum where you can interact with other students on the course
  • The provision of the final unit assessment and certificate

 

 

 ‘As well as comprehensive weekly tutorials, there were thorough revision sessions, giving the essential preparation needed to excel in exams.


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How long will it take for me to complete each unit?

Level 4 units will normally take 2-4 months to complete, whereas Level 6 units will take between 3-6 months to complete, depending on previous knowledge of the legal area.
Completing both Diplomas (all 8 units) will take, on average, approximately 2-3 years.
All our students receive 2 years access per diploma (4 years access in total) to our online materials and resources allowing them to complete their qualifications at a pace that suits their needs.


Who are the tutors?

All our tutors are law lecturers and practitioners with a wealth of experience in the legal sector. They include firm partners, solicitors and barristers with subject experience, who have been trained to deliver our courses in an interactive and engaging manner.


How much tutor support can I expect to receive?

You will receive bi-monthly live tutorials to have all your questions answered. In addition, you will have access to a personal tutor that you can reach by email/phone/Skype with your queries.


What additional support will be available for exams and assessments?

You will have access to mini-assessments as well as mock exams to ensure you are prepared for your final assessment.


How will the courses be examined?

For the Level 4 Diplomas and, with the exception of the accountancy unit, you will be examined via a number of assessments, which will take approximately 2 weeks to complete before submitting them for marking. The accountancy unit is assessed via an exam and it will need to be taken in one of our exam centres or at your own regulated firm. All Level 6 units are assessed via exams and can be sat in one of our exam centres or at your own regulated firm.


What happens if I fail an exam?

We feel personally invested in our students’ success and, as such, in the highly unlikely event that you are unsuccessful on your first attempt, you can re-submit your assessment for free or, if the unit was assessed via an exam, re-enrol for the unit at no extra cost.


Do I need to have any prior qualifications?

Whilst no prior qualifications are needed, we advise that all students have a minimum GCSE, or equivalent, qualification in English and Maths. If you are unsure, please contact us and we will be happy to provide further guidance.

You do not need to have any prior legal qualifications or practical legal experience to start the courses.


Can I be ‘dual licensed’ in both Conveyancing and Probate?

Yes, you can. The CLC offers a fast route to becoming licensed in both the areas.

For example if you were to become a Probate Practicioner first:

  • Once qualified as a CLC Probate Practitioner you would then need to study just two further Level 6 units relating to Conveyancing (you will be exempt from all of Level 4 and the Level 6 Accounts unit)
  • 1,200hrs Qualifying Experience in Probate will be needed
  • The above process would be ‘vice versa’ if you wanted to become a Licensed Probate Practitioner first and then a Licensed Conveyancer.

Please refer to the guidance attached ‘CLC Exemptions Available for candidates with CLC qualifications’ for more details.

Practical experience can be completed anywhere that deals with provision in conveyancing/probate services headed by a qualified person. The scope of completing practical experience is not limited to a legal firm; it ranges from housing associations and legal authorities, across banks and building societies, to property development companies and even railways and airports with in-house legal departments. For more guidance on practical experience please visit the CLC guidance page.

Once you have become Licensed, you will be qualified as a professional property or probate lawyer to undertake unsupervised legal work in those areas anywhere in England and Wales.


How do I qualify as a CLC Lawyer – Probate Practitioner?

Once you have become Licensed, you will be qualified as a professional property or probate lawyer to undertake unsupervised legal work in those areas anywhere in England and Wales.

To apply to become licensed by the CLC you will apply directly to CLC and full details of how to do this can be found on the CLC Website.

Whilst you must check the CLC guidance notes for full details we have summarised the steps here:

  • You must have completed the academic requirements of passing Level 4 and Level 6 (or been awarded exemptions for certain unit)
  • You must acquire 1,200hrs of Practical Experience (PE). The 1,200hrs equates to approximately 10 months’ work full time in a conveyancing department.
  • The scope of employment is actually very broad and even includes working in banks and building societies as well as law firms.
  • You could finish the entire academic element is as little as 18 months.
  • As the PE can be acquired before/during/after your studies, it is possible that you could become licensed in as little as 18 months if you are also working whilst studying.
  • For further information on what constitutes Practical Experience, including FAQ’s and the Statement of Practical Experience form, please see the CLC Practical Experience guidance here.
  • Applying for your first License – guidance notes can be found here.

Please refer to the CLC website for full details on the applications forms and any queries about the environment you intend on working in to gain PE.


 

How do I qualify as a CLC Probate Technician?

Completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice (or equivalent if applying for exemptions) together with 6 months work experience will allow you to enhance your training by giving you the opportunity to qualify as a Registered Probate Technician.

What do CLC Technicians do?

Probate Technicians may assist the probate lawyer to administer the estate of a deceased person. Probate Technicians work closely with clients other probate lawyers and professionals and manage small caseload.

Where do CLC Technicians work?

Probate Technicians work in a variety of legal teams and settings recognised in the private client industry, including Licensed Conveyancing or Solicitors’ practices. They may also work as sole practitioners.

Probate Technicians deal with a broad range of other professional persons including; accountancy, banking, tax, trust and charitable professionals in the course of administering an estat

To find out more, including how to apply to be registered please visit the CLC Probate Technician guidance page


Can I get Student Discounts as an LTC Student?<

LTC Students can apply for a NUS Extra Discount Card. You can apply for your card once you have enrolled on your course – more details can be found in your learner area.


 

If I have already gained some legal qualifications, am I eligible for any exemptions?

If you already hold legal qualifications you may be entitled to exemptions from certain subjects. Exemptions are available for holders of the previous CLC qualifications, LLB, GDL, LPC and CILEx Level 6. Partial exemptions available for CILEx Level 3. This list is not exhaustive and if you hold a legal qualification that is not mentioned here contact us with the details to advise if an exemption will be possible.

Courses run throughout the year. Contact us to discuss your subject choices and apply now.

How much do the Diplomas cost?

Payment options for Probate Law and Practice Diplomas, Single Units and Instalment options

 One-Off Payment OptionsInstalment Options (interest free)  
Level 4Diploma / Unit
Total cost

Total cost spread over instalmentsInitial Payment
due on enrolment

Followed by
by Direct Debit Instalments:
Level 4 Diploma
(5 units per diploma)
Saving of £350.00 over buying units individually
£2900.00£2,900.00 spread over 13 payments£375.0012 x £210.42 pm
Level 4 Individual Units
(each)
Except for The English Legal System Unit
£675.00£675.00 spread over 6 payments£112.505 x £112.50 pm
Level 4 The English Legal System Unit
£550.00£550.00 spread over 6 payments£91.675 x £91.67 pm
Level 6
Level 6 Diploma
(3 units per diploma)
Saving of £285.00 over buying units individually
£2,400.00£2,400.00 spread over 13 payments
£375.0012 x £168.75 pm

Level 6 Individual Units
(each)
£895.00£895.00 spread over 6 payments£149.175 x £149.17 pm
VAT Treatment
Privately paying students: No VAT will be added for private individuals
Firms: VAT will be added to invoices for VAT registered entities at the prevailing rate

Payments can be made by card online, bank transfer and cheque.

For each unit you study, you will receive the following:

• Course access and support for full diplomas: 2 years access to all e-learning materials and tutor support
• Course access and support for individual units: 1 year access to all e-learning materials and tutor support
• A step-by-step study plan, setting out a suggested programme of study for your unit
• Pre-recorded lectures, covering the learning outcomes for the unit and the key legal points that need to be studied to ensure your success in the exams;
• Group tutorial workshops (webinar), discussing the legal theory that was covered in the pre-recorded lectures, enabling candidates to have all their questions answered
• One to one tutorials with your course tutor (webinar)
• Additional checklists, summaries and study materials to help you prepare for your exams
• The official SQA course manual
• Mini-assessments to ensure you are on track with your studying
• Intensive revision sessions
• An interactive online forum where you can interact with other students on the course
• The provision of the final unit assessment and certificate
• Registration with SQA for the award of the qualification (fees included)
• Pass plus financial guarantee which covers
– Course work based units: re-submission of assignments for course work based courses
– Exam based units: and re-enrolment on the next running unit if an exam has been attempted and not passed first time (see your learner agreement for more details)


Why is LTC different from any other training provider?

We at LTC are specialised legal trainers, solely focused on the provision of legal and business training for aspiring and qualified lawyers. We have a deep understanding of the current legal sector and the training needs of those who work within it. Our course delivery is uniquely engaging, having full regard of how precious time is for those not only studying law, but also practicing at the same time.
We are here to support our students and partners by providing them with the tools to stand out from the competition and accelerate their legal career.


‘A small class size has ensured that I stay engaged and understand what is being taught’


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How to Apply

To apply and enrol on this online supported distance learning course please complete and return an enrolment form by email to info@ltckent.co.uk

If you wish to discuss this qualification further and find out how it could help you advance your career please contact us on 01227 811845 or info@ltckent.co.uk to speak with one of our advisors.