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Join the largest community of LPC students*.
Want to become a solicitor? Our LPC is tried and tested, well-respected by top law firms and will fully prepare you for your future career. With our LPC you will experience working as a trainee solicitor and get hands-on experience processing client files and performing tasks relating to real case studies, giving you the best possible start for your entry into the legal job market.
We’re so confident in our LPC that we offer students our employment promise - we’ll refund your course fees if you haven’t successfully secured a job within 9 months of completing your studies with us.**
*Central Applications Board (LawCAB) 2022
Minimum second class honours Qualifying Law Degree
or GDL/CPE or MA LawEntry requirements
January 2024See all Start Dates
If you’re looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?
The LPC is the final stage of training to become a qualified solicitor. You study the LPC after successful completion of a qualifying law degree, or other recognised qualifications.
The LPC is recognised and well-respected and valued by law firms due to the level of practical preparation our students receive, beyond just theory. It’s a hands-on qualification and certifying means that you will be able to adapt to working life as a solicitor and thrive quickly.
We have designed our LPC to fit in with your life and plans - you can study full-time, part-time or take an accelerated course. Whatever you choose, all routes are designed to offer you the best possible preparation to practise law. At ULaw, we focus on the skills that employers are most interested in so that you can enhance your academic knowledge while preparing for the realities of life in legal practice.
Not exactly. The SQE is the new route to becoming a solicitor, being gradually phased in by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You can find useful, clear guidance and information surrounding the transition to the SQE on our SQE Hub or our free guide, An SQE Course for Everyone.
A large majority of law students can still study the LPC, even with the (Solicitors Qualifying Examination) SQE being phased in over time. If you have already started a qualifying law degree (QLD), GDL, MA Law or training contract there are transition arrangements in place until 31 December 2032 to qualify as a solicitor under the LPC route.
There’s no need to worry if your experience doesn’t match the requirements for the LPC. You’ll be able to qualify as a solicitor by following the new SQE path - find out more about the route available to you over on our SQE hub or download our guide, An SQE Course for Everyone.
If you’re not sure whether you can study the LPC based on these requirements, get in touch with our friendly team. We’ll advise you based on your own ambition and previous studies.
Email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 800 289 997
The SRA has advised that LPC students or graduates who have not secured a training contract can combine the SQE pathway’s two years of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) and SQE2 assessment as an equivalent to a period of recognised training. On successful completion of this you would be admitted as a solicitor under the LPC route. You can find out more on the SRA website.
You can still continue with the LPC route to qualify as a solicitor if you have completed, started, accepted an offer, or paid a non-refundable deposit for one of the following by 31 August 2021:
For a qualifying law degree (QLD) and exempting law degree (ELD), such as our LLB, you must have completed, started, accepted an offer or paid a non-refundable deposit by 21 September 2021.
In most cases, for the QLD, ELD and CPE, the relevant course must have started at the latest on or before 31 December 2021.
If you started the full-time GDL or MA Law in September 2021, you should be eligible to commence the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in September 2022, once you have successfully completed your course.
As one of the longest providers of the LPC in the UK, we have continually evolved our course to meet the expectations of hiring law firms. We have a vast network in the legal industry and deliver training to 91 of the top 100 law firms, with exclusive relationships with 61 of the top UK law firms and many of the most prestigious US firms. Our aim is to prepare you fully for life as a trainee solicitor so that you move easily into your first role.
With a clear focus on your future career, we’ve designed our LPC to help you strengthen your prospects by learning the essential professional skills that legal employers are looking for, including commercial awareness and critical thinking.
This is why we have a 96% employment rate for full-time LPC students***. And with a wide range of elective modules to choose from, you can truly tailor your course to your specialist areas of interest.
You’ll study in small group workshops, taught by qualified lawyers who have extensive practice experience, and through online learning resources that allow you to access your study materials anytime from anywhere
Our Employment Promise - get a job in nine months or your fees back, up to 50% as cashback and 50% as credit towards another course**.
There are two stages to studying the LPC.
***96% of LPC graduates were in employment or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes data). Contains HESA Data: Copyright Jisc 2022.
If you require a visa to study in the UK and wish to progress on to one of our on-campus vocational courses, please refer to our UK visa requirements page for information about applying for a Student Route visa.
Students choose 3 electives for the LPC, and students on the LLM LPC may study a 4th elective. The University offers 15 electives and students can choose electives from one of two practice areas. Either select electives appropriate for corporate and commercial practice or choose electives for commercial and private client practice.
Corporate and Commercial Practice Electives
Commercial and Private Client Practice Electives
Study LPC Online starting January 2024 or September 2024
The course demands show you the requirements, prior knowledge and commitments our course will involve.
When you study your LPC with ULaw, you’ll be able to add either an MSc in Law, Business and Management, or LLM in Professional Legal Practice at no extra cost.
If you want to work for a law firm or an employer with a corporate/commercial focus or if you are interested in understanding business from both the commercial as well as the legal perspective, our LPC MSc will equip you with the key legal knowledge and skills required to work successfully in legal practice and will provide a pronounced business focus which will enable you to better understand your clients' business practices.
The two additional MSc modules are:
A taught module encompassing the following topics:
Please note that Law and Business involves a lot of calculations and therefore a basic level of maths is required.
A business based Case Study project, which is a self-study research module based on some of the themes and topics covered in Law and Business.
Alternatively, if you would like the opportunity to gain a deeper interest in a specialist area of the law and to keep your options open, our LLM will suit your needs. Successfully complete your LPC with either an extra elective of your choice 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 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.
If you’re looking for the perfect combination of a flexible study programme to fit around your other commitments together with the benefit of our expertise, experience and employability focus, why not consider our online study option?
With so many options for studying this course, you can be sure to find a start date and study option to suit your needs.
Assessed through a range of assessments. Including oral assessments in Interviewing and Advocacy, and open book exams.
If you choose to study your LPC with a Master’s you will also be assessed with a written report and an oral assessment.
Each of our LPC study options has its own structure, with different assessments to suit.
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2023/24 Course Fees (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2023)
LPC and LPC LLM or LPC MSc (Full-time and Part-time)
2024/25 Course Fee (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2024)
LPC and LPC LLM or LPC MSc (Full-time and Part-time)
Total fees (including £15 SRA registration fee*)
We are offering a £500 Postgraduate Award to students studying at the University of Southampton and Newcastle University and a £1,000 Postgraduate Award to students studying at our Nottingham Campus. Dependant on start date. Terms and conditions apply.
If you’re one of our alumni, you may be eligible to receive our £500 General Alumni Discount.
With a range of scholarships and bursaries available, studying with us is more affordable than ever. Plus, if you study your LPC with the LLM in Professional Legal Practice or MSc in Law, Business and Management you could be eligible for a Postgraduate Master's Loan.
*This change is set by the SRA and is subject to an increase.
We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.
If you are an international student and are coming to the UK to study, then you must apply to the Home Office for a visa. In most cases you will need to obtain a Student Route visa. In order to apply for this visa you must be sponsored by an education provider which is licensed by the UK Home Office.
The Home Office has also introduced a Graduate Work visa which allows Graduates to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career in the UK for 2 years post completion of a UK degree. The Graduate route is an unsponsored visa, meaning students will not need a job offer to apply for this visa.
Please note that the University does not currently provide visa sponsorship to students for part-time study. We also cannot sponsor students for online courses due to Home Office regulations.