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    Our Legal Practice Course (LPC)

    New for January 2018: Study our LPC Full-time at London Bloomsbury

    Our LPC will prepare you for business. Improve your career prospects by learning the essential professional skills that legal employers are looking for. In small group workshops, you'll be taught by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience. You’ll also benefit from online learning resources and personal feedback from our tutors.

    With a clear focus on your future employability, we are more confident than ever in your success and offer our LPC Employment Promise. Get a job in nine months, or we’ll give you 100% of your fees back: 50% of your fees as cashback plus 50% of your fees as credit towards any further courses.

    Since 2013, over 90% of our full-time summer LPC students secured legal positions within nine months of graduation, the majority with training contracts.

    Why choose our LPC?

    Here are just some of the reasons why we’re best placed to help you prepare for your future career as a solicitor:

    • Practice-focused: develop commercial awareness, critical thinking and the professional skills to handle the challenges of being a solicitor

    • Gain an MSc in Law, Business and Management or LLM in Professional Legal Practice at no extra cost

    • Study your LPC with a Masters and you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan

    • Tailor your course to your specialist areas of interest through a wide choice of elective subjects

    • Flexible study - choose to study at one of our ten locations nationwide with the choice of full-time, part-time, day, evening and weekend courses, as well as our online i-LLM LPC

    • Access 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


    * In 2016, 96% of our full-time LPC students who passed the course in the summer were employed within nine months.

    • Gain a Masters for free

      Rather than enrolling on the core LPC, you may prefer to enrol on one of the following Masters qualifications which 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 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 which will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

        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, if you would like the opportunity to gain a broader insight into the law, our LLM will suit your needs. Successfully complete your LPC with either an extra elective or a Law and Business module and a Professional Practice Research Report and you will receive an LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice.

        If you only want the LPC

        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. 

        For further information on the different LPC award choices, please read our student FAQ sheet

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

        • Or full time accelerated LPC allows you yo 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. You'll also need to attend five days a week with compulsory one day induction at the start of the course. If you wish to complete a Masters, you will need to do a self-study module and then an assessment in the three months following the end of your course.

        • 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 with approximately 35 hours of extra private study per week. Please note that you will have to come into university on additional days for assessments and that, as this is a full time course, you should ensure that any additional commitments you take on will still allow you to devote 45 hours per week to the course.

        • 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 a week, two evenings a week, 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. You’ll need to attend a compulsory induction at the start of your course. Part-time day and evening students will need to attend two full days and Part-time weekend students a three-day weekend.

      • 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.       

        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 fulfill 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

        Future trainee solicitors

        The SRA has recently made a number of 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.

        If you have been offered a training contract, you need to make sure the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has checked your "character and suitability" to be a solicitor.

        This may take at least six months to complete if you have:

        • Committed certain criminal offences
        • Been found guilty of an academic offence
        • Had serious financial issues (such as bankruptcy, Individual Voluntary Arrangements or County Court Judgments)
        • Been subject to adverse regulatory findings
        • Demonstrated any other behaviour that we would not expect of a solicitor (for example behaviour that was dishonest, violent or discriminatory)

        Please take a look the SRA Suitability Test 2011 for more information and fill in the eligibility application if you need to tell them about any issues.

        If you have nothing to tell the SRA, you can inform them of this when you and your employer let them know your training is due to start.

        Should the SRA’s decision not be confirmed prior to the LPC start date, you can continue with the course but do so at your 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

        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) Overall band score of 6.5 with component bellow 6.0.
        ISE III (Trinity College London) Pass in all four components
        Pearsons (academic) Score of 58 with no one component below 51 

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

        Overall 176 with no one component below 169 

        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

      • 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. 

      • What will the course cover?

        Full-time and Accelerated LPC

        Part-time LPC

        Masters options

        i-LLM LPC


        LPC modules

        Stage one: Core practice area modules 
        This comprises three 30 credit compulsory modules and one 15 credit compulsory module to cover:

        • Introduction to Professional Practice (Professional conduct within this module carries 15 credits) 
        • Business Law and Practice knowledge and skills 
        • Dispute Resolution knowledge and skills (including criminal litigation)
        • Real Estate knowledge and skills 

        Each module covers a range of skills including advocacy, interviewing and advising, practical legal research, critical thinking, writing and drafting.

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

        Stage two: Professional elective modules
        Study three of the following professional elective modules (15 credits each):

        • Advanced Criminal Practice*ᴧ
        • Advanced Real Estate
        • Banking and Debt Finance
        • Commercial Law
        • Commercial Dispute Resolution
        • Competition Law*ᴧ
        • Employment Law
        • Family Law*
        • Immigration*ᴧ
        • Intellectual Property
        • Mergers and Acquisitions
        • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence*ᴧ
        • Private Client*ᴧ
        • Public Companiesᴧ

        *Not available on Full-time accelerated LPC July start.

        ᴧNot available on Full-time LPC January start. If you wish to study these modules, you will need to change to a September full-time or January accelerated start. Professional elective modules are subject to demand and timetabling constraints. 


        Full-time LPC

        The Stage one core practice areas are studied and assessed from September to March. Stage two electives are studied and assessed from March to June.

        Accelerated LPC

        The course is spread over two 12 week terms. Each module has 9 weeks tuition followed by a 3 week revision and assessment period. Stage one is taught and assessed in the first term, with the exception of Real Estate, which is spread over both terms. Stage 2 electives are taught and assessed in the second term.

        Part-time LPC

        Year one  covers most of the Introduction to Professional Practice module, Business Law and Practice knowledge and skills and one elective.

              Year two comprises two 30 credit modules and two 15 credit modules:

              • Real Estate knowledge and skills (30 credits
              • Dispute Resolution knowledge and skills (30 credits)
              • Two electives (15 credits each)

              In each year the Stage one core practice areas are studied and assessed from September to March, and Stage two electives are studied and assessed from March to June.

              Please note that availability of each elective module is subject to demand and timetabling constraints.


              Masters options

              Sponsored students: Your firm may advise you on which award and electives to take.

              If you choose to study the LPC MSc or the LPC LLM your programme of study will cover:

              LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management

              • Stage one and two LPC modules
              • Law and Business module which covers:
                • The economy, business environment and globalisation
                • The functioning of the City
                • People and Project Management
                • Financial analysis
                • Corporate finance
                • Marketing
                • Strategy
              • Business Case Study Report

              LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice

              • Stage one and two LPC modules
              • Law and Business module or a fourth professional elective
              • Professional Practice Research Report

            • How is the course structured and assessed?

              Refer to our matrix showing the LPC structure and assessment by study mode.

            • Course start dates
              Full-time Accelerated Full-time Part-time Day and Evening Part-time Weekend
              Birmingham

              2 January 2018

              w/c 10 September 2018 w/c 10 September 2018 
              14 September 2018
              Bristol - w/c 10 September 2018 
              w/c 10 September 2018  
              14 September 2018 
              Chester w/c 10 September 2018 
              w/c 10 September 2018 (day only)
              14 September 2018 
              Exeter w/c 10 September 2018 
              Guildford

              2 January 2018

              w/c 10 September 2018 
              w/c 10 September 2018 (day only)
              14 September 2018 
              Leeds

              2 January 2018

              w/c 10 September 2018 
              w/c 10 September 2018 
              14 September 2018 
              London Bloomsbury

              2 January 2018

              w/c 8 January 2018  

              w/c 10 September 2018
              w/c 10 September 2018 
              14 September 2018 
              London Moorgate

              2 January 2018

              2 July 2018

              w/c 10 September 2018 
              w/c 10 September 2018
              Manchester

              2 January 2018

              w/c 10 September 2018 
              w/c 10 September 2018 
              14 September 2018 
              Reading

              -

              w/c 10 September 2018 
              -
              -


              Start dates are subject to change. Thereis a compulsory induction for all study modes at the start of the course: Full-timeand accelerated students will attend for one day; part-timeday and evening students will need to attend two full days and part-timeweekend students over a three-day weekend.


              Detailed course dates
              Full-time Accelerated

              LPC Full-time Accelerated course dates - January 2018

              Detailed course dates for September 2018 will be published soon.

              Each location will hold an induction programme, which will be scheduled during the first week of the course.

              More information on our locations

              i-LLM LPC Course dates


              Full Time 10 month LPC commencing January 2018
              Description  Date

              Course Length - LPC

              Course Length - LLM and MSc

              40 weeks 

              40 weeks

              Course Dates - LPC 

              Course Dates - LLM and MSc

              08 Jan 2018 to 13 Oct 2018 

              08 Jan 2018 to 27 Oct 2018

              Induction Day 

              (Attendance compulsory)

              w/c 08 Jan 2018 

              Teaching starts

               w/c 15 Jan 2018

              Teaching ends

               w/c 19 Mar 2018

              Holiday week

              w/c 26 Mar 2018

              Holiday week 

              w/c 02 Apr 2018

              Revision week

               w/c 09 Apr 2018
               Exam week  w/c 16 Apr 2018
              Teaching starts   w/c 23 Apr 2018
               Teaching ends w/c 04 Jun 2018 
              Revision & Assessment week   w/c 11 Jun 2018  
               Revision week w/c 18 Jun 2018 
               Exam week w/c 25 Jun 2018 
               Exam week w/c 02 Jul 2018 
               Holiday week w/c 09 Jul 2018  
               Teaching starts w/c 16 Jul 2018 
               Teaching ends w/c 10 Sep 2018 
               Revision w/c 17 Sep 2018
               Revision & Assessment week w/c 24 Sep 2018 
               Exam week w/c 01 Oct 2018 
               Exam week w/c 08 Oct 2018 
               LLM & MSc Orals  w/c 15 Oct 2018 
               LLM & MSc Orals w/c 22 Oct 2018  

              Note to prospective students:

              w/c means week commencing

              There are no teaching sessions or examinations on bank holidays

              Examinations may take place on Saturday

            • LPC full-time Accelerated - January 2018 

              Location  Total fees payable (excluding SRA registration fee) Total fees payable (including £15 SRA registration fee*)  
              Birmingham  £12,150 £12,165
              Guildford £12,550  £12,565 
              Leeds, Manchester £11,710 £11,725
              London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate)  £15,670  £15,685 

              Further information about course fees and instalment options.


              LPC Full-time Accelerated - July 2018


              Location  Total fees payable (excluding SRA registration fee) Total fees payable (including £15 SRA registration fee*)  
              London Moorgate £16,215 £16,230

              Further information about course fees and instalment options.


              LPC fees for September 2018 start courses 

              Location  Total fees payable (excluding SRA registration fee) Total fees payable (including £15 SRA registration fee*)  
              Bristol, Birmingham, Exeter, Guildford, Reading £12,735 £12,750
              Chester, Leeds, Manchester £11,935  £11,950 
              London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate) £16,215  £16,230 

              *Subject to increase by the SRA.

              Further information about course fees and instalment options.


              Study your LPC with a Masters and you could be eligible for a £10,280 student loan

              If you choose to study either the LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management or the LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice, you could be eligible for the Student Loans Company Postgraduate Loan, worth up to £10,280. 

            • Places are available for our January, July and September 2018 LPC.

              Current students looking to apply to ONLY The University of Law for their LPC
              If you are a current University of Law student looking to apply solely to us for the LPC you will not need to provide a personal statement or reference with your application.

              Apply now

            • LPC Factsheet 
              LPC Award Choices – Student FAQs

              LPC Structure and assessment by study mode

              LPC Programme Specification

              LPC, MSc and LLM full-time Programme Demands
              LPC, MSc and LLM part-time Programme Demands
              LPC Full-time Accelerated course dates - January 2018

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            In the meantime, why not order a prospectus or book an open day at one of our eight centres?

            If you have any other questions feel free to call us on 0800 289 997

          • Studying law gives you a unique skillset

            Shanice McAnuff, LPC Student, Moorgate