Legal Practice Course (LPC)

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The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the final academic stage of qualification before becoming a solicitor. The course bridges the gap between the academic study of law and the vocational stages of training. Following successful completion of the LPC you will need to undertake a two year vocational training contract to be able to practice as a solicitor.

Our LPC is taught by an outstanding team of professional staff with extensive practice experience and a friendly, open door policy giving you all the support you need. We place our students at the centre of everything we do.

Home students

- Full-time: £8,900 per year 
- Part-time: £4,450 per year 

International Students 

- Full-time: £11,000 per year 

100% of Legal Practice Course UK postgraduates were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE Survey 2015/16). 

Graduates will normally proceed to a training contract to complete their qualification as a solicitor. The vast majority of LPC graduates go on to become qualified solicitors in a range of organisations across many specialist areas. Some overseas professional bodies accept the LPC as satisfying their admission requirements to practise as a lawyer.

Students will require either a Qualifying Law Degree (e.g. an LLB from a University in England or Wales) or a Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination.

Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) are entitled to apply for direct entry to the course.

The SRA require disclosure of issues relating to character and suitability before a trainee commences a period of recognised training, and again on admission as a solicitor. If an individual does have character and suitability issues to assess, they should apply to the SRA at least six months before they start training, to avoid any delays. Training cannot commence until the assessment has taken place.

Students who have character and suitability issues may want an early assessment, before they embark on the CPE or LPC, and the SRA have retained the power to undertake these early assessments. 

SRA Training Regulations 2014 - Qualification and Provider Regulations replaced the SRA Training Regulations 2011 Parts 1 and 2.

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