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Legal Practice Course

The course is an excellent preparation for practice giving you a realistic experience of life as a trainee solicitor.

This postgraduate Legal Practice Course is a practical course which will give you a strong foundation for a future career in the law. You will work on a series of client files which will be similar to the cases dealt with in a solicitor’s office. The law school’s experienced staff will guide you through the different tasks that would have to be undertaken to advance the client’s case.

Your approach to the course will therefore be very different to the one experienced in an academic law course. You will have to apply knowledge in a way that best serves the client’s interests.

The course is very interactive. You will learn by performing tasks relating to the case studies that you are given. These include drafting legal documents, preparing letters of advice or delivering a submission at court. At the end of the course you will therefore be well prepared for your career in the law.

City’s LPC is taught at Masters level. By completing Stages One and Two of the LPC at City you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

You also have the option of undertaking an additional, practice-focused dissertation to obtain the LLM in Legal Practice. There is no additional fee for this.

The LLM satisfies all the requirements of a traditional LLM but has a primary focus on practice. In addition to the taught classes on the LPC, the LLM gives you the chance to focus on a specific area of professional legal practice related to the LPC and to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of that area. This can be linked to training contract applications to underline a commitment to a particular area. This route will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your CV with an LLM from a University that provides academic excellence for business and the professions.

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is part of the required training for qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales, and follows completion of the required academic stage of training (see further below). The Programme is taught at Master's level, and its structure and content fully meet the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirements.

This course is well suited for anyone who wants to become a solicitor whatever area of law they are interested in. There is a rich blend of students on the course with a variety of backgrounds and interests. It attracts students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. Students will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

The course offers you two possible routes:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice ('The LPC') - If you successfully complete the compulsory taught element of the course (150 credits) you will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma and be certified as having completed Stages 1 & 2 of the Legal Practice Course.  This is the compulsory vocational qualification required to be completed as part of your training to become a solicitor and to be eligible to be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.
  • LLM in Legal Practice ('the LLM') - Alternatively, you may choose to complete both the LPC and an additional 30 credit practice-focussed dissertation  in order to achieve a Master’s Degree.

It is also possible to join the course for Stage 1 of the LPC only (the Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice), Stage 2 of the LPC only or one or more of the electives.

Entry requirements

The LPC is a postgraduate course with entry requirements prescribed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Most students will have a UK honours degree in law. Normally a strong second-class degree is the minimum standard required. However, it is possible to apply with a degree in another subject and a further qualification in law, such as the Graduate Diploma in Law. The SRA can advise on non-standard qualifications.

In considering your application, we will take the following into account:

  • academic profile and achievement,
  • strength of personal reasons for wishing to take the course and
  • evidence of your motivation to become a solicitor (work experience, training contract applications etc).

Students who have passed the BVC or BPTC in the last five years will be able to accredit their prior learning and so will only have to take certain elements of the course.

Please contact us if you want to know more about this option.

Character and Suitability Test

You should be aware that before you qualify as a solicitor you will have to undergo a character and suitability test for the SRA. The SRA will review your position if you have any convictions, had financial problems such as a County Court judgment against you or been involved in assessment offences.

If you have been affected by such matters you should contact the SRA. Find further information on the test on the SRA website.

Course modules

The course begins in September with a two week Foundation when you will have classes every day. This will introduce you to the Course Skills and the more practical approach that we take to studying the law. The course is then divided into two stages.

In Stage One you will study the core modules. During this stage you will normally attend four days a week. You will normally have three one and half hour sessions a day amounting to 16 – 18 hours a week. Stage One runs from September-February (including assessments).

In Stage Two, you will study three elective modules. Your timetable will depend on the electives that you choose. You will have around 13.5 – 15 hours of classes a week, timetabled over 4 days, during this stage. Stage Two runs from March-June (including assessments)

If you choose to complete the LLM you will be required to write a dissertation between June and September.  In addition to supervision, we will provide you with an induction covering research and writing skills in June; there will be no other timetabled teaching during this period.

Stage One

In Stage One you have to complete nine compulsory modules as follows:

Core Practice Areas

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation (including Civil and Criminal)

Course Skills

  • Advocacy
  • Drafting
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Writing
  • Practical Legal Research

Professional Conduct and Regulation
Solicitors’ Accounts
Wills and the Administration of Estates

The SRA require you to study Taxation as part of the course. This pervades the course and so will be dealt with throughout the above modules.

Stage Two

During Stage Two of the course you will study your electives. In order to complete the LPC you must pass three electives. You can take your electives at more than one provider and you can take your electives at providers other than City. You should, however, be aware that it might be more expensive for you to do this.

You will choose your electives in the autumn after commencing the LPC, having received guidance from the tutors about your choice. You will have to opt for either a commercial or general practice route although the bulk of the electives are open to all students.

You can choose from the following electives: 

  • Advanced Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Equity Finance (commercial route only)
  • Family Law (general practice route only)
  • Media Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (commercial route only)
  • Private Client (general practice route only)

The range of electives offered in any one year is subject to availability and demand, but we usually run all electives.

Sponsorship information

If you have already completed a course at The City Law School you will be eligible for the 10% loyalty discount. All you need to do is meet the minimum entry requirements for your second course and we will automatically take 10% off of your tuition fees. This is available to students who have previously completed the BVC/BPTC with us and choose to take the LPC with Accreditation of Prior Learning.

We have a substantial scholarship programme including up to 10 full fee scholarships and up to 100 £3,000 scholarships awarded annually.


LPC fees are inclusive of:

  • course deposit
  • core textbooks and course materials
  • first attempt assessments
  • the Solicitors Regulation Authority registration fee (a £15 fee payable by all students commencing the LPC which we pay to the SRA on your behalf).

Please note that there is an additional fee for assessment resits.

The fee is the same for the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Stages One & Two of the LPC) and the LLM (the LPC plus a dissertation).

LPC Stage 1

Fees for LPC Stage 1 only for full-time Home/EU and non-EU: £10,500

Accreditation of Prior Learning (BVC & BPTC Graduates)

Full-time EU: £7,500

Full time Non-EU: £7,500


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate Full-time £ 14,500 () 6 Months
Postgraduate Diploma Full-time £ 14,500 () 1 Years
LLM Full-time £ 14,500 () 1 Years

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