• Legal Practice Course (LPC)

    Including our MSc
    in Law, Business
    and Management

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    Prepare yourself for the business world

    Future lawyers and business leaders need a wealth of skills to prepare them for today's market place. Our client focused LPC enables you to develop commercial awareness, critical thinking, project management, and the networking skills that will prepare you for the challenges ahead.


  • Why choose our LPC?

    We’re confident that our newly designed LPC is the best preparation for entering legal practice by offering you the skills to succeed in the business world. After all, we are the preferred legal training provider to over 30 major law firms and we've trained more lawyers than anyone else.

    Expand the 'Read more' section below to discover the many other benefits of studying for your LPC at The University of Law.

    • Gain a Masters for free

      When you enrol on the core LPC, either of the following Masters qualifications are available to you at no extra cost:

      • MSc in Law, Business and Management

      If you want to become a partner in a law firm or progress through any number of career paths, our new MSc will provide you with the skills you’ll need in practice:

      • Client-focus and embedded business skills to enable you to deliver commercially focused advice
      • Development of essential professional skills ranging from oral and written communication, through to meeting skills and project and risk management
      • A wide selection of electives to cover your specialist areas of interest
      • Innovative assessment to ensure you have the skills law firms require
      • Expert teaching by qualified solicitors and barristers in addition to lectures by Visiting Professors

      Successfully complete your LPC course with an additional Law and Business module and Business Case Study Report and we will award you an MSc in Law, Business and Management.

      • LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice

      Alternatively, successfully complete your LPC with an extra module and a Professional Practice Research Report and you will receive an LPC LLM with a Masters in Law.

      If you only want the LPC

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

      Unrivalled employability support

      You will also benefit from our excellent track-record of helping students to find training contracts – with access to our award-winning Careers and Employability Service as soon as you accept your place.

      Flexible study options

      Each course features modular delivery incorporating flexible study options to suit you, including accelerated, full and part-time courses:

      • Our full-time accelerated LPC allows you to complete the course in just six months, meaning you can fast-track your training and start your career months ahead of students on standard full-time courses. You can choose between two convenient start dates – January and July – and benefit from a choice of convenient locations across the country.

      • Our full-time LPC allows you to complete your training and start your career within a year. You can choose to have all your face-to-face tuition and workshops for the core practice areas concentrated into two set days a week. This enables you to reduce your travel costs and CO2 emissions by consolidating your visits. Please note that you may have to come into university on additional days for assessments and that this option is subject to availability at your centre of choice.

      • Our part-time LPC allows you to complete the course within two years during the day, evening, or at weekends. The course blends self-study with either one full day, two evenings, or one full weekend, approximately twice a month. This means you can fit your study around existing work or other commitments and offers a choice of convenient study locations.

      Please note: Students with a disability applying for a Disabled Students’ Allowance, please be advised that they are not eligible to apply for the full-time 6 months accelerated LPC. A list of University of Law courses designated for DSA funding can be found on the  Higher Education Funding Council for England website.

      Develop your legal skills

      Our successful blend of learning methods encourages you to develop autonomy across a wide range of professional skills including research, drafting, critical thinking, analysis and time and risk management. It’s something we take right through to our innovative assessment policy which will require you to apply these skills in order to submit office quality work to a deadline.

      Receive practice-focused training on your LPC

      Improve your career prospects by focusing on the essential skills legal employers are looking for. We provide expert teaching by Visiting Professors and small group workshops led by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience. You’ll also benefit from online learning resources and personal feedback from our tutors, who are available in person, by phone or via e-mail.

      University of Law's teaching and learning model

      Our unique teaching and learning model ensures integration of key skills and competencies, essential for employability, into the course content. This helps you to relate what you’ve learnt in the workshop to what is expected of you in practice. It’s based on what we know leading law firms look for and is designed to give you an edge from the moment you go for your first interview to when you start your training contract.

      Use the expandable sections on this page to find out more about the LPC.

    • Eligibility

      To be eligible to take up your place on our LPC, you must comply with the requirements for commencing a Legal Practice Course (LPC) set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – see below. Failure to comply with these eligibility requirements means that the University will have no option but to cancel your place on the course.

      If you are a non-EEA student you will also require a visa covering the full duration of your course – see Visa requirements below.

      University of Law LPC selection criteria
      • Academic profile and achievement, generally a minimum of an actual or predicted second class honours law degree or GDL/CPE*

      • A sufficient command of the English language to successfully complete the course - see  English language requirements below

      • Any special circumstances revealed in your application

      • Academic or other references

      *This requirement is met by either: A) The award of a Qualifying Law Degree. Your law degree must meet certain academic standards in order to qualify. This must include having adequately passed assessments in the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge – Public Law, Obligations I (Contract), Obligations II (Tort), Criminal Law, Land Law, Equity & Trusts and Law of the European Union. Further guidance on what is a Qualifying Law Degree; or B) Passing a Common Professional Examination (CPE)/Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and being awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law, or similar such as CILEX.

      The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.

      You must fulfil all eligibility requirements by the start of the course – failure to do so may result in you being prevented from joining the course. If you think that this may be a problem (for example, if you have late assessment results), please contact Admissions as soon as possible on 0800 289997 (UK), +44 (0)1483 216000 (international) or email admissions@law.ac.uk.

      SRA Requirements
      • The SRA has recently consulted on a number of proposed changes to its regulations, including removing the requirement for students to apply for student enrolment and approval of their academic stage of training prior to commencing the LPC

      • The SRA requires any individual with a character and suitability issue to disclose it to them before they commence a period of recognised training, i.e. before the start of a training contract. At this point, they will apply the criteria  outlined in their Suitability Test 

      • You can still ask the SRA to assess a character and suitability issue before you start the LPC if you are worried it may prevent you from qualifying as a solicitor 

      • Students with a character and suitability issue who are concerned about incurring the costs of the LPC may apply to the SRA prior to commencing the course for formal assessment under the Suitability Test. In these cases, students must apply to the SRA at least 6 months prior to the start of their LPC. Should the SRA’s decision not be confirmed prior to the LPC start date, students can continue with the course but do so at their own financial risk. If you have any concerns about a character and suitability issue, please contact the SRA on 0370 6062555 or  http://www.sra.org.uk/contact-us/
         
      Accreditation of prior learning

      If you have previously studied a BVC or BPTC, you may be exempt from certain elements of the LPC. For more information, please visit the SRA website and contact our Admissions team on 0800 289997 (UK), +44 (0)1483 216000 (international) or email admissions@law.ac.uk.

      Visa requirements

      Non-EEA students requiring a visa to study should refer to the UKVI Policy Guidance, which can be found on their website: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa . Please note that immigration regulations are subject to change at any time. Specific enquiries regarding University sponsorship of students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System can be e-mailed to visaoffice@law.ac.uk 

      It is the responsibility of all students from outside the EU to ensure you have a visa covering the full duration of your course. You may find our visa FAQs for international students helpful.

      Important note for non-EEA students requiring our sponsorship for a visa

      Due to UKVI rules and the time period required to obtain a visa, we are unable to accept you on our LPC full-time accelerated - 6 month course starting in July if you are intending to start this course immediately after your GDL or degree course finishing in June/July in the same year. This is because the UKVI require evidence of your GDL/degree result as part of your application for a visa. You will however be able to start on the January intake of the LPC full-time accelerated - 6 month course in the following year.

      English language requirements

      If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a ‘majority English speaking country’, please provide a certified copy of one of the below approved English Language Tests:

      LPC
      IELTS (academic) Score of 6.5 in all four areas
      ISE III (Trinity College London) Pass in all four components
      Pearsons (academic) Score of 58 in all four areas

      Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (test taken before January 2015)

      Overall 176 with no one component below 176

      Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2015)

      Pass at Grade A and Exceptional in all four components

      Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2015)

      Pass at Grade B or C and Borderline in all four components

      Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2015)

      Pass at Grade C1 and Weak in all four components


    • What will the course cover?

      The LPC is made up of two stages:

      Stage one comprises seven 15 credit compulsory modules to cover:

      • Introduction to professional practice; and the core practice areas of:
      • Business law and practice
      • Dispute resolution, including criminal litigation
      • Real estate

      Each core practice area has a discrete knowledge and skills module. The skills modules cover a range of skills appropriate to that practice area including:

      • Advocacy
      • Interviewing and advising
      • Practical legal research
      • Critical thinking
      • Writing and drafting
      • Process mapping
      • Project and risk management 

      The focus of study across the core practice areas is on practical application, using tailored case studies and simulated transactions.

      Stage two provides you with the opportunity to study three of the following professional elective modules (15 credits each):

      • Advanced criminal litigation law and practice
      • Advanced real estate law and practice
      • Commercial dispute resolution law and practice
      • Commercial law and practice
      • Competition law and practice
      • Debt finance law and practice
      • Employment law and practice
      • Family law and practice
      • Immigration law and practice
      • Intellectual property law and practice
      • Mergers and acquisitions law and practice
      • Public companies law and practice
      • Personal injury and clinical negligence litigation law and practice
      • Private client law and practice

      Once you’ve started your course, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your options with course tutors. If you are an LPC+ student, your firm will advise you on which electives to take.

      MSc students (and LLM students if they do not wish to take a fourth professional elective module) will undertake a Law and Business module which will cover:

      • The City, political and regulatory institutions
      • An introduction to management and business
      • Business planning and strategy
      • Theories of management
      • Finance - inward investment into the City, products and markets
      • Corporate finance and governance
      • Key principles of accounting for business
      • Management skills
      • Setting up and running a business
      • Business marketing
      • Business ethics

    • How is the course structured and assessed?


      LPC full-time accelerated*

      • Courses start in January and July each year.
      • Courses will be available at most centres.
      • Up to 15 hours of face-to-face contact per five day week, comprising up to five two-hour workshops and five one-hour lectures, with remaining time for private study.
      • Supported by i-Tutorials, online test and feedback exercises, independent learning and research.
      • The LPC course lasts for six months from start to completion. The same course duration applies for students only studying the core LPC. MSc and LLM students will be required to submit either the Business Case Study Project or Professional Practice Research Report 3 - 6 months after the end of the course.
      • The course is assessed by a variety of methods including a combination of open and closed book knowledge assessments, deadline driven research and writing assignments, oral presentations and submission of a file of work for elective subjects.
      • For MSc students, the course also requires the completion of the Law and Business module and the Business Case Study Project; and for LLM students, either the completion of the Law and Business module or a fourth elective, along with the Professional Practice Research Report.
      • You’ll need to complete your Business Case Study Project or Professional Practice Research Report after you’ve completed your LPC exams. You’ll be able to start your training contract whilst you finish your report.
      • Exams take place over two intensive periods.
      • The Disabled Students’ Allowance is not available on this course.

      LPC full-time

      • Courses start in September each year.
      • Study comprises four modules during each semester.
      • Each module involves nine two-hour workshops and six one-hour lectures.
      • Assessment takes place at the end of each module.
      • The course lasts for nine months from start to finish. The same course duration applies for students only studying the core LPC.
      • Supported by online learning and independent reading and research.
      • All face-to-face tuition concentrated into two or four set days per week (assessment may be on other days) with the remaining time devoted to private study.
      • The course is assessed by a variety of methods including a combination of open and closed book knowledge assessments, deadline driven research and writing assignments, oral presentations and submission of a file of work for elective subjects.
      • For MSc students, the course also requires the completion of the Law and Business module and the Business Case Study Project; and for LLM students, either the completion of the Law and Business module or a fourth elective, along with the Professional Practice Research Report.

      LPC part-time: day or evening**

      • Courses start in September each year.
      • Six hours face-to-face tuition per week comprising two two-hour workshops and two one-hour lectures.
      • For the week day course, sessions are one day a week, typically running from 9am to 6pm.
      • For the evening course, sessions are held over two evenings a week.
      • Up to ten hours of private study for each workshop, including preparation using i-Tutorials, online test and feedback exercises and independent reading and research
      • The course lasts 21 months from start to completion. The same course duration applies for students only studying the core LPC.
      • The course is assessed by a variety of methods including a combination of open and closed book knowledge assessments, deadline driven research and writing assignments, oral presentations and submission of a file of work for elective subjects.
      • For MSc students, the course also requires the completion of the Law and Business module and the Business Case Study Project; and for LLM students, either the completion of the Law and Business module or a fourth elective, along with the Professional Practice Research Report.

      LPC part-time weekend**

      • Courses start in September each year.
      • Structured around directed self-study including i-Tutorials, online test and feedback exercises and independent reading and research.
      • Supplemented by approximately 30 two-day study weekends over 21 months, consisting of 12 hours face-to-face tuition per week: comprising four two-hour workshops and four one-hour lectures.
      • LPC workshops and exams last 21 months from start to completion. The same course duration applies for students only studying the core LPC. 
      • The course is assessed by a variety of methods including a combination of open and closed book knowledge assessments, deadline driven research and writing assignments, oral presentations and submission of a file of work for elective subjects.
      • For MSc students, the course also requires the completion of the Law and Business module and the Business Case Study Project; and for LLM students, either the completion of the Law and Business module or a fourth elective, along with the Professional Practice Research Report.


      * Important note for non-EEA students requiring our sponsorship for a visa:

      Due to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules and the time period required to obtain a visa, we are unable to accept you on our LPC full-time accelerated - 6 month course starting in July if you are intending to start this course immediately after your GDL or degree course finishing in June/July of the same year. This is because the UKVI requires evidence of your GDL/degree result as part of your application for a visa. You will however be able to start on the January intake of the course.

      ** Please note that assessments will take place during weekdays.

    • Course start dates
        Birmingham BristolChester Guildford

      LPC accelerated 

      04 January 2016  04 January 2016
      LPC full-time28 September 201528 September 201528 September 201528 September 2015
      LPC part-time day28 September 201528 September 201528 September 201528 September 2015
      LPC part-time evening28 September 2015   
      LPC part-time weekend28 September 201528 September 201528 September 201528 September 2015


       LeedsLondon BloomsburyLondon Moorgate Manchester
      LPC accelerated

      06 July 2015

      04 January 2016 

      04 January 2016

      06 July 2015

      04 January 2016

      06 July 2015

      04 January 2016

      LPC full-time 28 September 201528 September 201528 September 201528 September 2015
      LPC part-time day 28 September 201528 September 2015 28 September 2015
      LPC part-time evening28 September 201528 September 2015 28 September 2015
      LPC part-time weekend 28 September 201528 September 2015 28 September 2015

      Detailed course dates for 2015-16

      More information on our locations

  • The LPC at ULaw is client focused and the way it is presented by the tutors workshop it gives you a practical insight into life as a trainee and it really makes you think as a future solicitor by enhancing your commercial awareness

    Sakaria Amin, LPC Student, Birmingham
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      Ashfords
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      Baker & McKenzie
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      Bevan Brittan
      Brabners
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      Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
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      Gateley
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      Hill Dickinson
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      Kirkland & Ellis
      Linklaters
      Maurice Turnor Gardner
      Michelmores
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      Pannone
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      SGH Martineau
      Charles Russell Speechlys
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      TLT
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      Weil Gotshal & Manges
      White & Case
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co