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LPC

Legal Practice Course (LPC)

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.**

International Students: we are no longer accepting applications from people who need a Student Route visa for full-time courses that start before July 2023.

*Central Applications Board (LawCAB) 2021

**Terms and conditions apply

 

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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

January 2023

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STUDY ONLINE

 

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

 

Secure a job within 9 months of successfully completing your course or your fees back.

Terms and Conditions apply.

More law students have chosen The University of Law than any other UK university in 2021*.

*HESA 2020/21.

95% of our UK LPC students in employment were in Highly Skilled Occupations 15 months after graduating (2019/20 Graduate Outcomes data). Contains HESA Data © HESA 2022 (www.hesa.ac.uk).

Course Details

What is the LPC?

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.

Is the LPC the same as the SQE?

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.

Am I still able to study the LPC?

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.

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

Should students choose to study the LPC or SQE?

 

In more detail

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:

  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) / Common Professional Examination
  • MA Law
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • a period of recognised training (also known as a training contract)

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.

What else should I know?

  • The LPC is eligible for financial support such as a postgraduate student loan, bursaries and scholarships.
  • If you already have a training contract in place, the LPC is the route we would recommend. If you don’t have a training contract arranged already, then the SQE may be more suitable for you because it is more flexible in terms of options for work experience.
  • 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. Find out more ➔


More information about our LPC

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 and we currently work with over 90 of the top 100 firms in the UK. 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 95% 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

Why choose ULaw for your LPC?

You’ll receive:

  • A career-focused approach to learning, developing commercial awareness, critical thinking and the professional skills that legal employers are looking for.
  • Course options to suit your own areas of interest through a wide choice of elective subjects.
  • The opportunity to add a free Masters to your skills and achievements and you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan Choose either the LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice or LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management.
  • 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.

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**.

LPC at-a-glance

There are two stages to studying the LPC. 

  • Stage one: completing four compulsory modules;
  • Stage two: choose from a selection of focused modules, depending on your areas of interest and which version of the course you’re studying.

LPC Programme Demands

The documents below show you the requirements, prior knowledge and commitments each of our LPC programmes will entail.

Accelerated LPC programme demands ➔

Full-time LPC programme demands ➔

Part-time LPC programme demands ➔

***95% of our UK LPC students in employment were in Highly Skilled Occupations 15 months after graduating (2019/20 Graduate Outcomes data). Contains HESA Data © HESA 2022 (www.hesa.ac.uk).

Important Information for international students

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.

Find out more ➔

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

 

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?

The SQE is being phased in to become the new centralised way to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales

Find out more

Course Start Dates

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

Online

Study LPC Online starting January 2023, September 2023, January 2024 or September 2024

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Free Masters

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.

Read FAQs about our free Master’s

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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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.

Calendar

 

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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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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2022/23 Course Fees

LPC (accelerated)

  • London Bloomsbury (Jan only) and London Moorgate - £17,950

LPC and LPC LLM or LPC MSc (Full-time and Part-time)

  • Chester, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield - £13,200
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Norwich, Reading, Southampton - £14,150
  • London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate) - £17,950

2023/24 Course Fees (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2023)

LPC (accelerated)

  • London Bloomsbury (Jan only) and London Moorgate - £19,500

LPC and LPC LLM or LPC MSc (Full-time and Part-time)

  • Chester, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield - £14,300
  • Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Norwich, Reading, Southampton - £15,350
  • London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate) - £19,500

Total fees (including £15 SRA registration fee*)

Discounts:

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. Course must start between 1 September 2022 and 30 June 2023. Terms and conditions apply.

If you’re a ULaw alumnus, 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.

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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.

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