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    Our LPC will prepare you for business

    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 Employment Promise guaranteeing you a job within 9 months or 50% of your money back.

  • Why choose our LPC?

    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. 

    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 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

      If 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.

      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).

      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. 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.

      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. 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.

      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.

    • 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 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 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.

      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) 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


    • 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?

      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 knowledge
      • Business law and practice skills
      • Dispute resolution knowledge, including criminal litigation
      • Dispute resolution skills
      • Real estate knowledge
      • Real estate skills

      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*
      • Banking and 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
      • Personal injury and clinical negligence litigation law and practice*
      • Private client law and practice*
      • Public companies law and practice

      *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.

      Please note that availability of each module is subject to sufficient uptake by students.

      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:

      • Classical and contemporary theories of business
      • Critically reading financial accounts
      • Analysing a company’s competitive advantage
      • Understanding and developing business strategy
      • Analysing trends in global business
      • Understanding a company’s share price
      • Corporate marketing and management skills

    • How is the course structured and assessed?

      Full-time Accelerated*
      • Courses start in January and July each year.
      • There is a compulsory one day induction during the first week of the course.
      • 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.
      Full-time 
      • Courses start in September each year.
      • The course lasts for nine months from start to finish. The same course duration applies for students only studying the core LPC
      • 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.
      • 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.
      Part-time Day or Evening***
      • Courses start in September each year.
      • The course lasts 21 months from start to completion. The same course duration applies for students only studying the core LPC.
      • 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 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.
      Part-time Weekend***
      • Courses start in September each year.
      • LPC workshops and exams last 21 months from start to completion. The same course duration applies for students only studying the core LPC.
      • 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.
      • 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 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)

    • Course start dates
      Full-time AcceleratedFull-timePart-time Day and EveningPart-time Weekend
      Birmingham

      3 January 2017

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      24 September 2016
      Bristol-w/c 12 September 2016
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      Chesterw/c 12 September 2016
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      Exeterw/c 12 September 2016
      Guildford

      3 January 2017

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      w/c 12 September 2016 (day only)24 September 2016
      Leeds

      3 January 2017

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      London Bloomsbury

      3 January 2017

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      24 September 2016
      London Moorgate

      11 July 2016

      3 January 2017

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      Manchester

      3 January 2017

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      24 September 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

    • LPC fees for July 2016, September 2016 and January 2017 start courses

      Course fees are the same for the accelerated, full-time and part-time LPC.

      Centre Total fees payable (excluding SRA registration fee) Total fees payable (including £15 SRA registration fee) 
      Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter £11,950  £11,965
      Chester, Leeds, Manchester  £11,200  £11,215
      Guildford  £12,450  £12,465 
      London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate)  £15,240  £15,255 


      Further information about course fees and instalment options.

    • 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 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

  • 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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    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

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