Legal Practice Course (LPC)




This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a solicitor – whatever area of law you are interested in. To apply, you will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

Providing you with a solid academic foundation, this programme is taught at Masters level, and its structure and content fully meet the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirements. 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.

City’s LPC is taught at Masters level. The course offers 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 and 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 to achieve a Master’s Degree.

It is also possible to join the course for Stage 1 of the LPC only, Stage 2 of the LPC only or one or more of the electives.

Students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Student Loan if choosing the LLM route.

For more details about Funding please visit the website

Applications are welcome from international students.

This course is designed to prepare you for life as a trainee solicitor.

Many applicants will not have a training contract when they start the course. We offer the bespoke Training Contract Advisory Service (TCAS) which you can access as soon as you have accepted your place. This is run by members of the team who were partners in their firms and have in-depth expertise of what employers are looking for.

The support offered has allowed graduates to go into a wide variety of firms. These include commercial and high-street firms – both inside and outside London.

Students may wish to pursue further study or use the skills and knowledge acquired in areas outside of the law. As many of the skills developed on the LPC are transferable, former students are now working in other professional environments such as:

  • Government Legal Service

  • Crown Prosecution Service

  • Local Government lawyers

  • Academic lawyers

  • Legal publishing

  • Finance industry and banking

  • Commerce and business

  • Accountancy

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