LPC

Legal Practice Course

The LPC is the final vocational stage of training to become a qualified solicitor. You study the LPC after successful completion of a qualifying law degree, or other recognised qualifications. With our LPC you have the choice to study full-time, part-time or accelerated to best suit your personal needs. All routes are designed to offer you the best possible preparation to practise law. 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.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

Minimum second class honours Qualifying Law Degree

or GDL/CPE or MA Law

 

Full requirements

Next start date

July 2020

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THE ULAW STUDY GUARANTEE

 

Our law programmes will be available in September. That's our guarantee.

 

Our LPC Employment Promise: Secure a job within 9 months of successfully completing your course or your fees back.

Terms and Conditions apply.

Rather than enrolling on the core LPC, you may prefer to qualify with an LPC and a Master’s degree, with the option to gain an MSc or LLM at no extra cost.

97% of full-time 2016/17 & accelerated 2017/17 LPC students secured employment, training contract or further study within 9 months of completion.

Course Details

LPC

Our LPC offers you the best possible preparation to practise law. As one of the longest providers of the LPC in the UK, we have finely tuned the course to meet the expectations of those in the legal profession. Our aim is to prepare you fully for life as a trainee solicitor.

With a clear focus on your future employability, we’ve designed our LPC to help you improve your career prospects by learning the essential professional skills that legal employers are looking for. 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 career-focused course helps you to develop commercial awareness, critical thinking and the professional skills that legal employers are looking for. This is why we have a 97% employment rate for full-time and accelerated 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.

When you study the LPC with us you will receive:

  • A career-focused approach to learning, developing commercial awareness, critical thinking and the professional skills that legal employers are looking for
  • An MSc in Law, Business and Management or LLM in Professional Legal Practice at no extra cost and you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan
  • Tailored course options to suit your specialist areas of interest through a wide choice of elective subjects
  • Flexible study – choose to study at one of our locations nationwide with the choice of full-time, part-time, day, evening and weekend courses, as well as online course options
  • Access to 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

There are two stages to studying the LPC. The first involves completing four compulsory modules; the second allows you to make a selection of focused modules, depending on your interest areas and which version of the course you’re studying.

Important Information

Progression for September 2019 and January 2020 students (GDL and MA Law)

Due to the projected end date of some of our courses, you may not be eligible to commence the Bar Practice Course (BPC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) in September 2020.

Please note: 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 Tier 4 visas and progression.

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Programme Demands

This document explains the demands of the course in order to assess your ability for the course.

Accelerated LPC programme demands ➔

Full-time LPC programme demands ➔

Part-time LPC programme demands ➔

*According to the latest available data, 97% of full-time 2016/17 and accelerated 2017/17 LPC students who graduated in summer 2017 secured employment, a training contract or further study within nine months of successful completing this course.

Course structure - Stage 1

  • Introduction to Professional Practice (Professional conduct within this module carries 15 credits) 
  • Business Law and Practice Knowledge and Skills (30 credits)
  • Dispute Resolution Knowledge and Skills, including Criminal Litigation (30 credits)
  • Real Estate Knowledge and Skills (30 credits)

Course Structure - Stage 2

Choose three*:

  • Advanced Criminal**
  • Advanced Real Estate
  • Banking and Debt Finance
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition Law**
  • Employment Law

*Availability subject to demand, timetabling and location

 

  • Family Law
  • Immigration
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Private Client
  • Public Companies

**Not available for January start

January start

Choose three:

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

July start

Choose three:

  • Advanced Real Estate Law and Practice
  • Banking and Debt Finance Law and Practice
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution Law and Practice
  • Commercial Law and Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Intellectual Property Law and Practice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Practice
  • Public Companies Law and Practice
SQE

What about the SQE?

Legal qualification will be changing in 2021. Get the latest insight into how this may affect you.

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Course Start Dates

  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) Accelerated
    • Full-time: London Moorgate
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham and Reading
    • Part-time Day: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading
    • Part-time Evening: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading
    • Part-time Weekend: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester and Nottingham
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham and Reading
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) Accelerated
    • Full-time: London Bloomsbury and London Moorgate
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) Accelerated
    • Full-time: London Moorgate
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham and Reading
    • Part-time Day: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading
    • Part-time Evening: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading
    • Part-time Weekend: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester and Nottingham
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham and Reading
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) Accelerated
    • Full-time: London Bloomsbury and London Moorgate
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) Accelerated
    • Full-time: London Moorgate
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham and Reading
    • Part-time Day: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading
    • Part-time Evening: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading
    • Part-time Weekend: Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester and Nottingham

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Add a Free Master's

Rather than enrolling on the core LPC, you may prefer to enrol on one of the following Master’s Degree qualifications which are available to you at no extra cost.

Additionally, for further information on the different LPC award choices, please read our student FAQ sheet.

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:

1. Law and Business

A taught module encompassing the following topics:

  • The economy, business environment and globalisation
  • The functioning of the City
  • Management
  • Financial analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Business Development
  • Strategy

Please note that Law and Business involves a lot of calculations and therefore a basic level of maths is required.

2. Case Study Project

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.

Study Online

You can also study this course online. The online version covers the same content as the on campus version, while still offering you the same high level of professional tutor support.

If you’re looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?

LPC Online ➔

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EU Law Standalone Module

If your underlying law degree did not include the EU Law module you will need to study an extra module before the LPC.

This standalone online module provides the additional training that you’ll need to qualify to complete the LPC and gives you the necessary skills and knowledge that you’ll need to study the LPC.

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Course Information

 

With so many options for studying this course, you can be sure to find a start date and study option to suit your needs.

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Assessed through a range of assessments. Including oral assessments in Interviewing and Advocacy, open book and closed 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 style assessment.

 

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Each of our LPC study options has its own structure, with different assessments to suit.

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Employability We Set You Up For Success

We care about your career, which is why we offer support with job applications and other work experience opportunities as soon as you accept your place.

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Fees and Applying

 

Applications for this course are now open.

If you’d like to study full-time or accelerated you can apply through the Central Applications Board (CAB). For part-time study you can apply directly with us.

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Total fees (including £15 SRA registration fee*)
LPC (accelerated)
London Moorgate £17,300

LPC and LPC LLM (Full-time and Part-time)
Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford. Reading, Norwich £13,600
Chester, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham £12,750
London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate) £17,300

With a range of scholarships and bursaries available, studying with us is more affordable than ever. Plus, if you study your LPC with a Master’s Degree you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan.

*This change is set by the SRA and is subject to an increase.

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We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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