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LPC

Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Join the largest community of LPC students*.

Want to become a solicitor? Our LPC is tried and tested, well-respected by top law firms and will fully prepare you for your future career. With our LPC you will experience working as a trainee solicitor and get hands-on experience processing client files and performing tasks relating to real case studies, giving you the best possible start for your entry into the legal job market.

We’re so confident in our LPC that we offer students our employment promise - we’ll refund your course fees if you haven’t successfully secured a job within 9 months of completing your studies with us.**

*Central Applications Board (LawCAB) 2023

**Terms and conditions apply

 

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

Minimum second class honours Qualifying Law Degree

or GDL/CPE or MA Law

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Entry requirements

Next start date

September 2024

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STUDY ONLINE

 

If you’re looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?

 

Secure a job within 9 months of successfully completing your course or your fees back.

Terms and Conditions apply.

More law students have chosen The University of Law than any other UK university in 2022*.

*HESA 2021/22.

96% of LPC graduates were in employment or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes data). Contains HESA Data: Copyright Jisc 2022.

Course Details

What is the LPC?

The LPC is the final stage of training to become a qualified solicitor. You study the LPC after successful completion of a qualifying law degree, or other recognised qualifications.

The LPC is recognised and well-respected and valued by law firms due to the level of practical preparation our students receive, beyond just theory. It’s a hands-on qualification and certifying means that you will be able to adapt to working life as a solicitor and thrive quickly.

We have designed our LPC to fit in with your life and plans - you can study full-time, part-time or take an accelerated course. Whatever you choose, all routes are designed to offer you the best possible preparation to practise law. At ULaw, we focus on the skills that employers are most interested in so that you can enhance your academic knowledge while preparing for the realities of life in legal practice.

Is the LPC the same as the SQE?

Not exactly. The SQE is the new route to becoming a solicitor, being gradually phased in by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You can find useful, clear guidance and information surrounding the transition to the SQE on our SQE Hub or our free guide, An SQE Course for Everyone.

Am I still able to study the LPC?

A large majority of law students can still study the LPC, even with the (Solicitors Qualifying Examination) SQE being phased in over time. However, due to the reduction in available training contracts, and the SRA’s transitional arrangements, fewer students will be eligible to use the LPC route each year moving forward. If you have already started a qualifying law degree (QLD), GDL, MA Law or training contract there are transition arrangements in place until 31 December 2032 to qualify as a solicitor under the LPC route.

There’s no need to worry if your experience doesn’t match the requirements for the LPC. You’ll be able to qualify as a solicitor by following the new SQE path - find out more about the route available to you over on our SQE hub or download our guide, An SQE Course for Everyone.

If you’re not sure whether you can study the LPC based on these requirements, get in touch with our friendly team. We’ll advise you based on your own ambition and previous studies. 

Email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 800 289 997

Should students choose to study the LPC or SQE?

 

The SRA has advised that LPC students or graduates who have not secured a training contract can combine the SQE pathway’s two years of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) and SQE2 assessment as an equivalent to a period of recognised training. On successful completion of this you would be admitted as a solicitor under the LPC route. You can find out more on the .

In more detail

You can still continue with the LPC route to qualify as a solicitor if you have completed, started, accepted an offer, or paid a non-refundable deposit for one of the following by 31 August 2021:

  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) / Common Professional Examination
  • MA Law
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • a period of recognised training (also known as a training contract)

For a qualifying law degree (QLD) and exempting law degree (ELD), such as our LLB, you must have completed, started, accepted an offer or paid a non-refundable deposit by 21 September 2021.

In most cases, for the QLD, ELD and CPE, the relevant course must have started at the latest on or before 31 December 2021.

If you started the full-time GDL or MA Law in September 2021, you should be eligible to commence the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in September 2022, once you have successfully completed your course.

What else should I know?

  • The LPC is eligible for financial support such as a postgraduate student loan, bursaries and scholarships.
  • If you already have a training contract in place, the LPC is the route we would recommend. If you don’t have a training contract arranged already, then the SQE may be more suitable for you because it is more flexible in terms of options for work experience.
  • If your underlying law degree did not include the EU Law module you will need to study an extra module before the LPC. This standalone online module provides the additional training that you’ll need to qualify to complete the LPC and gives you the necessary skills and knowledge that you’ll need to study the LPC. Find out more 鉃


More information about our LPC

As one of the longest providers of the LPC in the UK, we have continually evolved our course to meet the expectations of hiring law firms. We have a vast network in the legal industry and deliver training to 91 of the top 100 law firms, with exclusive relationships with 61 of the top UK law firms and many of the most prestigious US firms. Our aim is to prepare you fully for life as a trainee solicitor so that you move easily into your first role.

With a clear focus on your future career, we’ve designed our LPC to help you strengthen your prospects by learning the essential professional skills that legal employers are looking for, including commercial awareness and critical thinking.

This is why we have a 96% employment rate for full-time LPC students***. And with a wide range of elective modules to choose from, you can truly tailor your course to your specialist areas of interest.

You’ll study in small group workshops, taught by qualified lawyers who have extensive practice experience, and through online learning resources that allow you to access your study materials anytime from anywhere

Why choose ULaw for your LPC?

You’ll receive:

  • A career-focused approach to learning, developing commercial awareness, critical thinking and the professional skills that legal employers are looking for.
  • Course options to suit your own areas of interest through a wide choice of elective subjects.
  • The opportunity to add a free Masters to your skills and achievements and you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Students starting in September 2024 can choose either the LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice or LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management. Students starting the LPC in or after January 2025 can study the LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice.
  • Flexible study – We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different. That’s why we offer a wide range of study modes (full-time, part-time, on campus, online) across our courses to provide you with the greatest choice and flexibility you need to succeed in your studies. 
  • Access to award-winning careers support to help you with your training contract applications with over 3,000 pro bono opportunities as soon as you accept your place.

Our Employment Promise - get a job in nine months or your fees back, up to 50% as cashback and 50% as credit towards another course**.

LPC at-a-glance

There are two stages to studying the LPC. 

  • Stage one: completing four compulsory modules;
  • Stage two: choose from a selection of focused modules, depending on your areas of interest and which version of the course you’re studying.

***96% of LPC graduates were in employment or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes data). Contains HESA Data: Copyright Jisc 2022.

Important Information for international students

If you require a visa to study in the UK and wish to progress on to one of our on-campus vocational courses, please refer to our UK visa requirements page for information about applying for a Student Route visa.

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Course structure - All LPC courses

  • Introduction to Professional Practice (Professional conduct within this module carries 15 credits) 
  • Business Law and Practice Knowledge and Skills (30 credits)
  • Dispute Resolution Knowledge and Skills, including Criminal Litigation (30 credits)
  • Real Estate Knowledge and Skills (30 credits)

Students choose 3 electives for the LPC, and students on the LLM LPC may study a 4th elective. The University offers the following electives and students can choose electives from one of two practice areas. Either select electives appropriate for corporate and commercial practice or choose electives for commercial and private client practice.

 

Electives available to students starting the LPC in September 2024

 

Corporate and Commercial Practice Electives

  • Banking and Debt Finance Law & Practice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law & Practice
  • Advanced Real Estate Law & Practice
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution Law & Practice
  • Commercial Law & Practice
  • Employment Law & Practice
  • Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Commercial and Private Client Practice Electives

  • Advanced Real Estate Law & Practice
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution Law & Practice
  • Commercial Law & Practice
  • Employment Law & Practice
  • Intellectual Property Law & Practice
  • Advanced Criminal Law and Practice
  • Family Law & Practice
  • Immigration Law & Practice
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Law & Practice
  • Private Client Law & Practice

 

Electives available to students starting the LPC in or after January 2025

 

Corporate and Commercial Practice Electives

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law & Practice
  • Commercial Law & Practice
  • Employment Law & Practice
  • Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Commercial and Private Client Practice Electives

  • Commercial Law & Practice
  • Employment Law & Practice
  • Intellectual Property Law & Practice
  • Advanced Criminal Law and Practice
  • Family Law & Practice
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Law & Practice
  • Private Client Law & Practice

 

Please note:

  1. All elective choices on all modes are subject to demand and timetabling constraints, and we cannot guarantee that all subjects will be available at any campus, including the online campus. To enable us to run appropriate transactional style workshop activities the minimum number of students required for a class is usually 10.
  2.  It may be necessary for attendance students to study some electives online if there are insufficient numbers to run a class on campus. Online classes may either be delivered using streaming or at the online campus. In streamed classes students from different campuses all attend a timetabled class which is conducted online. The tasks will be carried out in the same way as they would be in a physical classroom, with students working on tasks together at the same time. If you study at the online campus you work asynchronously on tasks over a one week period. You still benefit from discussions with your fellow students but these take place via discussion boards rather than in a face to face discussion. You can find more guidance about the learning method and model used by the online campus here.

 

Assessment – attendance course

Assessed through a range of assessments, including oral assessments in Interviewing and Advocacy, and open book exams. Students can choose whether to sit these exams on campus as traditional handwritten exams or to sit them online using remote proctoring.

If you choose to study your LPC with a Master’s you will also be assessed with a written report and an oral assessment.

To receive an LLM in Professional Legal Practice students starting in September 2024 may choose to study either of the following taught modules:

  • Law and Business module
  • Or an additional elective module of your choice

Students starting in or after January 2025 will study an additional elective module.

All LLM students will also undertake a self-study Professional Practice Research Report module.
If you choose not to complete the LLM in Professional Legal Practice you will be issued with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and will still have completed the vocational stage of training requirements.

The MSc in Law, Business and Management is available to students starting in September 2024 only. To receive an MSc you must complete two additional MSc modules:

  1. Law and Business

A taught module encompassing the following topics:

  • The economy, business environment and globalisation
  • The functioning of the City
  • Management
  • Financial analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Business Development
  • Strategy

Please note that Law and Business involves a lot of calculations and therefore a basic level of maths is required.

  1. Case 全国探花 Project

A business based Case 全国探花 Project, which is a self-study research module based on some of the themes and topics covered in Law and Business.

If you choose not to complete the MSc in Law, Business and Management you will be issued with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and will still have completed the vocational stage of training requirements.

SQE

What about the SQE?

The SQE is being phased in to become the new centralised way to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales

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Course Start Dates

  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Egham (Royal Holloway), Exeter, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Online (Hong Kong), Reading, Sheffield and Southampton
    • Part-time: Online (Hong Kong)
    • Part-time Day: Birmingham, Leeds, London Moorgate and Manchester
    • Part-time Evening: London Moorgate and Manchester
    • Part-time Weekend: Birmingham, London Bloomsbury, Manchester and Sheffield
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds, London Moorgate, Manchester and Online (Hong Kong)
    • Part-time: Online (Hong Kong)

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Course requirements

Learn more about how the course is taught and how learning time is distributed by taking a look at our LPC infographic. You can also look at the course demands document which shows the requirements, prior knowledge and commitments the course will involve.

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Free Master's

When you study your LPC with ULaw, you’ll be able to add either an MSc in Law, Business and Management, or LLM in Professional Legal Practice at no extra cost.

Please note: The LPC MSc will no longer be offered at any location to students starting in January 2025 or later.

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If you want to work for a law firm or an employer with a corporate/commercial focus or if you are interested in understanding business from both the commercial as well as the legal perspective, our LPC MSc will equip you with the key legal knowledge and skills required to work successfully in legal practice and will provide a pronounced business focus which will enable you to better understand your clients' business practices.

The two additional MSc modules are:

1. Law and Business

A taught module encompassing the following topics:

  • The economy, business environment and globalisation
  • The functioning of the City
  • Management
  • Financial analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Business Development
  • Strategy

Please note that Law and Business involves a lot of calculations and therefore a basic level of maths is required.

2. Case 全国探花 Project

A business based Case 全国探花 project, which is a self-study research module based on some of the themes and topics covered in Law and Business.

Alternatively, if you would like the opportunity to gain a deeper interest in a specialist area of the law and to keep your options open, our LLM will suit your needs. Successfully complete your LPC with either an extra elective of your choice or a Law and Business module (Law and Business module only available to September 2024 starters) and a Professional Practice Research Report and you will receive an LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice.

If you choose not to undertake either the MSc or LLM you can still enrol on the LPC without a Masters award. You will be issued with a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and will still have completed the vocational stage of training requirements.

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If you’re looking for the perfect combination of a flexible study programme to fit around your other commitments together with the benefit of our expertise, experience and employability focus, why not consider our online study option?

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Course Information

 

With so many options for studying this course, you can be sure to find a start date and study option to suit your needs.

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Assessed through a range of assessments. Including oral assessments in Interviewing and Advocacy, and open book exams.

If you choose to study your LPC with a Master’s you will also be assessed with a written report and an oral assessment.

 

 

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Each of our LPC study options has its own structure, with different assessments to suit.

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Fees and Applying

 

If you’d like to study full-time or accelerated you can apply through the Central Applications Board (CAB). For part-time study you can apply directly with us.

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2024/25 Course Fee (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2024)

LPC and LPC LLM or LPC MSc (Full-time and Part-time)

  • London - £19,950
  • Outside London - £15,800

Total fees (including £15 SRA registration fee*)

Discounts:

We are offering a £500 Postgraduate Award to students studying at the University of Southampton and Newcastle University and a £1,000 Postgraduate Award to students studying at our Nottingham Campus. Dependant on start date. Terms and conditions apply.

If you’re one of our alumni, you may be eligible to receive our £500 General Alumni Discount.

We also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available which make studying with us more affordable than ever, including our newest addition - The Amal Clooney Scholarship for Human Rights Advocates.

Plus, if you study your LPC with the LLM in Professional Legal Practice or MSc in Law, Business and Management you could be eligible for a Postgraduate Master's Loan.

*This change is set by the SRA and is subject to an increase.

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We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

If you are an international student and are coming to the UK to study, then you must apply to the Home Office for a visa. In most cases you will need to obtain a Student Route visa. In order to apply for this visa you must be sponsored by an education provider which is licensed by the UK Home Office.

The Home Office has also introduced a Graduate Work visa which allows Graduates to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career in the UK for 2 years post completion of a UK degree. The Graduate route is an unsponsored visa, meaning students will not need a job offer to apply for this visa.

Please note that the University does not currently provide visa sponsorship to students for part-time study. We also cannot sponsor students for online courses due to Home Office regulations.

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