The Legal Practice Course is an excellent preparation for practice giving students a realistic experience of life as a trainee solicitor. The course is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is a compulsory element of the process of qualifying as a solicitor.
Students 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 students through the different tasks that would have to be undertaken to advance the client’s case.
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 students will therefore be well prepared for a career in the law.
There are students from a number of jurisdictions many of whom will have experience of working in practice. Most students will have an upper second class honours degree or have performed well on the Graduate Diploma in Law. A high standard of work is therefore expected and achieved.
One of the strong features of the LPC at City is the level of support students receive. Most of the tutors on the course are solicitors, some of whom have worked as partners in their previous firms. They are supported by occasional sessions delivered by practitioners or visiting academics who are experts in their particular fields.
The course is structured in a way that allows you to gain maximum benefit from the experience that tutors have. Students therefore get a high level of face to face contact time with tutors.
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.
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
The City Law School scholarships
The City Law School is firmly committed to a generous programme of scholarships awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Our scholarships range in value and include both partial and full fee waiver awards.
City, University of London is proud to have a large population of international students. We are a truly global University, located in the heart of a cosmopolitan city, and we benefit from the diverse cultures, skills and experiences of our students. Our students benefit from our internationally recognised research and the quality of education that keeps us in the top 5% of universities worldwide.
To gain a place at City, you will need to meet the University’s general requirements and the specific requirements of the course. Our Admissions Office is experienced in dealing with international qualifications and can help you with any queries you may have.
Please note: the rules governing admission to practise law vary from country to country. Before applying, applicants wishing to take the GDL or Graduate Entry LLB as a step towards becoming a lawyer outside England and Wales are strongly advised to check with the appropriate body in the country in which they wish to qualify/practise that these courses are accepted.
English language courses and support
As City’s courses are taught in English, you will need to provide proof that you are competent in English before admission. We run full-time courses in English during the summer to help students improve their English before their course starts.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than six months
- Students on courses of less than six months
- Students on a pre-sessional English language course.
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
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. The law school offers the bespoke Training Contract Advisory Service (TCAS). This is run by members of the team who were partners in their firms and so know what employers are looking for.
TCAS offers assistance with CV’s, covering letters, selection days and other matters relating to a search for a traineeship. In particular, students can arrange a mock interview with a member of the team.
The support offered has allowed graduates to go into a wide variety of firms. These include commercial and high street firms both within and outside London.
We do retain links with our alumni some of whom assist us with the course in a variety of ways. In particular, we have a mentor scheme which involves previous students and members of the profession more generally. The mentors are able to give you guidance on your career.
Some graduates will also go on to further study or use the skills and knowledge acquired in areas outside of the law.