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Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Our Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Manchester Law School gives you the essential training you need to prepare for life as a solicitor.  Our client focused LPC will give you the legal knowledge, skills and commercial understanding to thrive in today's market, placing an emphasis on simulating real-life legal scenarios.  

The course is both practical and interactive, using workshops and effective teaching methods supported by online materials, to help you develop the practical and theoretical skills required for legal practice.  You will learn how to think and behave like a legal professional from the outset.

The LPC is delivered in our purpose-built Law School by a highly experienced academic team from a variety of legal professional backgrounds. Your tuition will be delivered through a combination of methods, mainly workshops and electronic learning.

Simulating a law firm's identity, you will work through transactional case studies, which are designed to reflect realistic legal challenges and scenarios. This approach allows you to learn skills such as interviewing clients, writing letters of advice, preparing legal documents and making court appearances.

You will receive the opportunity to hone your legal skills through involvement in one of our voluntary legal work schemes that offer pro bono legal services to those in need. Manchester Law School also offers competitive work placements for successful candidates providing vital work experience. 

Entry requirements

To enrol on the LPC you will need to satisfy us that you have a qualifying law degree or GDL qualification.  You will normally have a UK honours degree, or international equivalent. International students please visit our website

Course modules

Stage 1: Compulsory Core Units

All compulsory core units will enable successful students to meet the learning outcomes specified from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Solicitors' Accounts
  • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Writing
  • Drafting
  • Practical Legal Research
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Advocacy
  • Taxation

Stage 2: Elective Units

There are a number of units available to choose from so you can tailor your learning to reflect your career ambitions and legal interests. You will need to study three elective units. The content of each elective unit is  designed to ensure practical relevance.

  • Advanced Criminal Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property 
  • Corporate Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • Media Entertainment Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Wills, Probate and Estate Planning.

PLEASE NOTE: The delivery of each elective is subject to the requirement that there must be sufficient students choosing to study it.

Assessment methods

Open book written examinations; oral and written assessments for skills.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

There are no compulsory placements but some electives offer competitive placements if you applied for a competitive placement then any associated costs, such as travel to the placement or to court within the placement would be your responsibility. As those costs may vary considerably, we cannot estimate costs.

In addition to tuition fees, a registration fee of £15 is payable in year 1.


Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
Legal Practice Course Full-time Home/EU £ 10,068 Whole course 1 years
Legal Practice Course Part-time International £ 10,068 Whole course 2 years
Legal Practice Course Full-time Home/EU £ 14,400 Whole course 1 years
Legal Practice Course Part-time International £ 14,400 Whole course 2 years

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