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Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Our LPC will prepare you for business.  Improve your career prospects by focusing on the essential professional skills that legal employers are looking for. In small group workshops, you'll be taught by qualified lawyers with extensive practice experience. You’ll also benefit from online learning resources and personal feedback from our tutors.

With a clear focus on your future employability, we are more confident than ever in your success and offer our LPC Employment Promise. Get a job in nine months, or we’ll give you 100% of your fees back: 50% of your fees as cashback plus 50% of your fees as credit towards any further courses.

Since 2013, over 90% of our full-time summer LPC graduates secured legal positions within nine months of graduation, the majority with training contracts.

Why choose our LPC?

Here are just some of the reasons why we’re best placed to help you prepare for your future career as a solicitor:

  • Practice-focused: develop commercial awareness, critical thinking and the professional skills to handle the challenges of being a solicitor
  • Gain a Masters at no extra cost and you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan
  • Tailor your course to your specialist areas of interest through a wide choice of elective subjects
  • Flexible study - choose to study at one of our ten locations nationwide with the choice of full-time, part-time, day, evening and weekend courses, as well as our online i-LLM LPC
  • Access 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

Entry requirements

University of Law LPC selection criteria

  • Academic profile and achievement, generally a minimum of an actual or predicted second class honours law degree or GDL/CPE*
  • A sufficient command of the English language to successfully complete the course - see English language requirements below
  • Any special circumstances revealed in your application
  • Academic or other references

Future trainee solicitors

The SRA has recently made a number of changes to its regulations, including removing the requirement for students to apply for student enrolment and approval of their academic stage of training prior to commencing the LPC.

If you have been offered a training contract, you need to make sure the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has checked your "character and suitability" to be a solicitor.

This may take at least six months to complete if you have:

  • Committed certain criminal offences
  • Been found guilty of an academic offence
  • Had serious financial issues (such as bankruptcy, Individual Voluntary Arrangements or County Court Judgments)
  • Been subject to adverse regulatory findings
  • Demonstrated any other behaviour that we would not expect of a solicitor (for example behaviour that was dishonest, violent or discriminatory)

Course modules

Stage one: Core practice area modules 
This comprises three 30 credit compulsory modules and one 15 credit compulsory module to cover:

  • Introduction to Professional Practice (Professional conduct within this module carries 15 credits) 
  • Business Law and Practice knowledge and skills 
  • Dispute Resolution knowledge and skills (including criminal litigation)
  • Real Estate knowledge and skills

Stage two: Professional elective modules
Choose two (if part-time) or three (if full-time or accelerated) following professional elective modules (15 credits each):                                

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

*Not available on Full-time accelerated LPC July start.

Masters options            

If you choose to study the LPC MSc or the LPC LLM your programme of study will cover:

LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management

  • Stage one and two LPC modules
  • Law and Business module which covers:
    • The economy, business environment and globalisation
    • The functioning of the City
    • People and Project Management
    • Financial analysis
    • Corporate finance
    • Marketing
    • Strategy
    • Business Case Study Report

LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice

  • Stage one and two LPC modules
  • Law and Business module or a fourth professional elective
  • Professional Practice Research Report

Full-time LPC

The Stage one core practice areas are studied and assessed from September to March. Stage two electives are studied and assessed from March to June.

Accelerated LPC

The course is spread over two 12 week terms. Each module has 9 weeks tuition followed by a 3 week revision and assessment period. Stage one is taught and assessed in the first term, with the exception of Real Estate, which is spread over both terms. Stage 2 electives are taught and assessedin the second term.

Part-time LPC

Year one  covers most of the Introduction to Professional Practice module, Business Law and Practice knowledge and skills and one elective.

Year two comprises the remaining elements of the Introduction to Professional Practice Module, Real Estate knowledge and skills, Dispute Resolution knowledge and skills and two electives

In each year the Stage one core practice areas are studied and assessed from September to March, and Stage two electives are studied and assessed from March to June.

Please note that availability of each elective module is subject to demand and timetabling constraints.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed by a variety of methods including a combination of open and closed book examinations, deadline driven research assessments, written assignments and oral presentations.

i-LLM LPC (online) students

You’ll follow three areas of integrated study – core practice areas, skills and additional areas - plus a choice of three professional electives. The precise content of your course and your choice of professional electives will vary according to whether you wish to study the LLM in International Legal Practice LPC, or the LLM in Legal Practice, and your chosen study option.

The course is made up of two stages as follows:

Stage 1

  • Core practice areas
  • Skills
  • Additional areas 

Stage 2

  • Professional electives
  • Assessments

Core practice areas

Students can choose to focus on international corporate practice, or general commercial/legal aid practice through their choice of electives in Stage 2. However, the core practice areas are the same for all students.

  • Business law and practice
  • Civil and criminal litigation
  • Property law and practice

Skills

  • Advocacy 
  • Interviewing and advising 
  • Practical legal research 
  • Writing and drafting 

Additional areas

  • Professional conduct and regulation 
  • Taxation 
  • Wills and administration of estates 

Professional electives

 In Stage 2 of our LLM LPC, you will study three professional electives, chosen from the below list of 14 options. Once you’ve started your course, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your options with course tutors. 

All LLM LPC electives for international corporate practice, general commercial practice and legal aid practice are available through our supported online i-LLM LPC option:

  • Advanced criminal practice 
  • Advanced property practice 
  • Commercial dispute resolution 
  • Employment 
  • Family 
  • Immigration law and practice 
  • International capital markets 
  • International commercial law 
  • International competition law 
  • International intellectual property 
  • International mergers and acquisitions 
  • International public companies 
  • Personal injury and clinical negligence litigation 
  • Private client 

i-LLM LPC Assessment

For the final part of your LLM LPC you will need to complete a Professional Practice Dissertation. You will need to select a suitable practice-focused subject, which could include a topical legal subject, or an area of law and practice which you would like to explore in more depth. You will need to submit a title and plan of your proposed dissertation for approval by the University.

The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate originality in tackling and solving problems, acting autonomously in planning and implementing tasks, advancing your own knowledge and understanding, and the independent learning required for continuing professional development.

Fees

Fees vary depending on study location; see course page for more details.
Course fees are the same for the full-time and part-time LPC programme.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
Legal Practice Course Full-time Home/EU Whole course 27 40 weeks
Legal Practice Course Part-time day and evening Home/EU Whole course 93 weeks
Legal Practice Course Part-time weekend Home/EU Whole course 93 weeks
LLM Full-time Home/EU Whole course 40 44 weeks
LLM Part-time day and evening Home/EU Whole course 96 weeks
LLM Part-time weekend Home/EU Whole course 96 weeks
MSc Full-time Home/EU Whole course 40 44 weeks
MSc Part-time day and evening Home/EU Whole course 96 weeks
MSc Part-time weekend Home/EU Whole course 96 weeks
Legal Practice Course Online study Home/EU Whole course 2 years
LLM Online study Home/EU Whole course 2 years

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