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. With a clear focus on your future employability we are more confident than ever in your success and offer our NEW 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.
We’re confident that our
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.
Want the best start in your career as a solicitor? Study the LPC at The University of Law and develop the skills to succeed.
Rather than enrolling on the core LPC, you may prefer to enrol on one of the following Master’s qualifications which are available to you at no extra cost:
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:
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.
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 choose not to undertake either the MSc or LLM you can still enrol on the LPC without a Master’s 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.
Expand the 'Read more' section below to discover the many other benefits of studying for your LPC at The University of Law.
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.
In 2014, more graduates from The University of Law secured training contracts than from any other college. 97% of our full-time 2014 and 2015 LPC students had secured employment within nine months of graduation (based on known destinations).
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
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. 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 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.
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.
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.
Improve your career prospects by focusing on the essential skills 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, who are available in person, by phone or via e-mail.
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.
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.
*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 email@example.com
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:
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (test taken before January 2015)
Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2015)
Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2015)
Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2015)
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Full-time and Accelerated LPC
Full-time and Accelerated LPC - Stage one comprises three 30 credit compulsory modules and one 15 credit compulsory module to cover:
Each core practice area covers both knowledge and skills.The skills workshops cover a range of skills
appropriate to that practice area including:
The focus of study across the core practice
areas is on practical application, using tailored case studies and simulated
Full-time and Full-time Accelerated LPC - Stage two
provides you with the opportunity to study three of the
following professional elective modules (15 credits each).
*Not available on Full-time accelerated LPC July start. If you wish to study these modules, you will need to change to a September or January start.
Part-time LPC - Year one comprises two 30 credit compulsory modules and two 15 credit compulsory modules to cover:
Part-time LPC - Year two comprises one 30 credit module and two 15 credit modules:
Please note that availability of each elective module is subject to sufficient uptake by students.
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:
* 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 Full-time accelerated LPC 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.
**These options are only available for Stage 1 of the course (September to March). Your schedule during Stage 2 (April to the end of May) will depend on your choice of electives.
*** Please note that assessments will take place during weekdays.
LPC Full-time Programme Demands (PDF)LPC Part-time Programme Demands (PDF)LPC Programme Specification (PDF)
3 January 2017
11 July 2016
Start dates are subject to change.
Detailed LPC course dates - July & September 2016
Each centre will hold an induction programme, which will be scheduled during the first week of the course. More information on our locations
Course fees are the same for the accelerated, full-time and part-time LPC.
Further information about course fees and instalment options.
The University of Law is pleased to announce that it is offering a 5% discount on fee liability to postgraduate law students who make an early payment of their fee liability.
To take advantage of this offer you will need to meet the following criteria:
For further information please read our FAQ sheet or contact our Student Finance Officers on 01483 216380.
Applications for our full-time and part-time LPC are now open.
Current students looking to apply to ONLY The University of Law for their LPCIf 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.
Thank you for registering your interest in our LPC programme. We will be in touch over the next couple of days with all the information you’ll need to know about the course.
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
Studying law gives you a unique skillset