• Legal Practice Course (LPC)

    Three options including our MSc in Law, Business and Management
  • Why choose the LPC?


    Prepare yourself for the business world

    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.

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

    When you enrol on the LPC, you can choose from one of the following three options:

    • MSc in Law, Business and Management - the core LPC with a Masters in Law, Business and Management 
    • LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice - the core LPC with a Masters in Law 
    • LPC – the core LPC, enabling to you practice law as a fully qualified solicitor 
    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, 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

    If you choose not to undertake either the MSc or LLM once your course has started, 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 tabs on this page to find out more about the LPC.

    • 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
      • Debt finance law and practice
      • Employment law and practice
      • Family law and practice
      • Commercial law and practice
      • Competition 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 (MSc and LLM students will be required to submit either the Business Case Study Report 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 Report; and for LLM students, either the completion of the Business and Law module or a fourth elective, along with the Professional Practice Research 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 (inclusive of core LPC students)
      • 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 Report; and for LLM students, either the completion of the Business and Law 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 2 two-hour workshops and 2 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 (inclusive of core LPC students)
      • 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 Report; 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 4 two-hour workshops and 4 one-hour lectures
      • LPC workshops and exams last 21 months from start to completion (inclusive of core LPC students)
      • 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 Report; 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 Border Agency (UKBA) 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 UKBA 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 Bristol Chester  Guildford  

      LPC accelerated 

      04 January 2016   04 January 2016 
      LPC full-time28 September 2015  28 September 2015 28 September 201528 September 2015 
      LPC part-time day28 September 2015  28 September 2015 28 September 2015 28 September 2015  
      LPC part-time evening28 September 2015     
      LPC part-time weekend28 September 2015  28 September 2015 28 September 2015  28 September 2015 


       LeedsLondon BloomsburyLondon Moorgate Manchester 
      LPC accelerated

      06 July 2015
      04 January 2016 

      04 January 201606 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 2015  28 September 2015 28 September 2015
      LPC part-time evening 28 September 2015 28 September 2015
      LPC part-time weekend 28 September 2015  28 September 2015 28 September 2015

      Detailed course dates for 2015-16

      More information on our locations

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  • We’re the preferred training provider for over 30 law firms:

    Ashfords
    Ashurst
    Baker & McKenzie
    Berwin Leighton Paisner
    Bevan Brittan
    Brabners
    Burges Salmon
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
    CMS
    Cripps
    Croftons
    Dechert LLP
    DLA Piper
    Freeths
    Forsters
    Gateley
    Harbottle & Lewis
    Hill Dickinson
    Irwin Mitchell
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Linklaters
    Maurice Turnor Gardner
    Michelmores
    Morrison & Foerster
    Pannone
    Pinsent Masons
    SGH Martineau
    Charles Russell Speechlys
    Stevens & Bolton LLP
    TLT
    Veale Wasbrough Vizards
    Weil Gotshal & Manges
    White & Case
    Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

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    *based on known destinations, 98% of our full-time LPC graduates who graduated summer 2013 had secured employment within 9 months of graduation.