The University of Law

The University of Law

Legal Practice Course (LPC)

New For September 2019
Study Our Full Time and Part-Time LPC in Nottingham

Our LPC offers you the best possible preparation to practise law with the skills to succeed in business. Improve your career prospects by learning 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 graduating in summer 2017, 97% of our full-time and accelerated LPC students secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of graduation.**

Why Choose our LPC?

  • Career-focused: develop commercial awareness, critical thinking and the professional skills that legal employers are looking for
  • Gain an MSc in Law, Business and Management or LLM in Professional Legal Practice at no extra cost
  • Study your LPC with a Masters Degree 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 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

* Please refer to the LPC Employment Promise Campaign Terms and Conditions 2018-2019

** 97% of our full-time 2016/17 and accelerated 2017/17 LPC students graduating in summer 2017 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course.

Gain a Masters Degree for free

Rather than enrolling on the core LPC, you may prefer to enrol on one of the following Masters Degree qualifications which are available to you at no extra cost:

MSc in Law, Business and Management

If you want to become a partner in a law firm or progress through any number of career paths, our MSc will provide you with the skills you’ll need in practice:

  • Client-focus and embedded business skills to enable you to deliver commercially focused advice
  • Development of essential professional skills ranging from oral and written communication, through to meeting skills and project and risk management 
  • A wide selection of electives to cover your specialist areas of interest 
  • Innovative assessment to ensure you have the skills law firms require 
  • Expert teaching by qualified solicitors and barristers in addition to lectures by visiting professors which will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

Successfully complete your LPC course with an additional Law and Business module and Business Case Study Report and we will award you an MSc in Law, Business and Management.

LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice

Alternatively, if you would like the opportunity to gain a broader insight into the law, our LLM will suit your needs. Successfully complete your LPC with either an extra elective or a Law and Business module and a Professional Practice Research Report and you will receive an LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice.

If you only want the LPC

  • If you choose not to undertake either the MSc or LLM you can still enrol on the LPC without a Masters award. You will be issued with a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and will still have completed the vocational stage of training requirements. 

Each course features modular delivery incorporating flexible study options to suit you, including accelerated, full and part-time courses:

Our full time accelerated LPC allows you to complete the course in just six months, meaning you can fast-track your training and start your career months ahead of students on standard full-time courses. You can choose between two convenient start dates - January and July. You'll also need to attend five days a week with compulsory one day induction at the start of the course. If you wish to complete a Masters, you will need to do a self-study module and then an assessment in the three months following the end of your course.

Our full-time LPC allows you to complete your training and start your career within a year. You can choose to have all your face-to-face tuition and workshops for the core practice areas concentrated into two set days a week* with approximately 35 hours of extra private study per week. Please note that you will have to come into university on additional days for assessments and that, as this is a full time course, you should ensure that any additional commitments you take on will still allow you to devote 45 hours per week to the course.

*2 day timetable only available on the September start full-time course, not January.

Our part-time LPC allows you to complete the course within two years during the day, evening, or at weekends. The course blends self-study with either one full day a week, two evenings a week, or one full weekend, approximately twice a month. This means you can fit your study around existing work or other commitments and offers a choice of convenient study locations. You’ll need to attend a compulsory induction at the start of your course. Part-time day and evening students will need to attend two full days and Part-time weekend students a three-day weekend.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to take up your place on the course, you must comply with the requirements for commencing a Legal Practice Course (LPC) set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – see below. Failure to comply with these eligibility requirements means that the University will have no option but to cancel your place on the course.

If you are a non-EEA student you will also require a visa covering the full duration of your course.       

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 or MA Law* 
  • 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

*This requirement is met by either: A) The award of a Qualifying Law Degree. Your law degree must meet certain academic standards in order to qualify. This must include having adequately passed assessments in the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge – Public Law, Obligations I (Contract), Obligations II (Tort), Criminal Law, Land Law, Equity & Trusts and Law of the European Union. Further guidance on what is a Qualifying Law Degree  ; or B) Passing a Common Professional Examination (CPE)/ Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/ MA Law and being awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law, MA Law, or similar such as CILEX.

The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements. 

You must fulfill all eligibility requirements by the start of the course – failure to do so may result in you being prevented from joining the course. If you think that this may be a problem (for example, if you have late assessment results), please contact Admissions as soon as possible on 0800 289997 (UK), +44 (0)1483 216000 (international) or email admissions@law.ac.uk

Future Trainee Solicitors 

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)

Please take a look the SRA Suitability Test 2011 for more information and fill in the eligibility application if you need to tell them about any issues.

If you have nothing to tell the SRA, you can inform them of this when you and your employer let them know your training is due to start.

Should the SRA’s decision not be confirmed prior to the LPC start date, you can continue with the course but do so at your own financial risk. If you have any concerns about a character and suitability issue, please contact the SRA on 0370 6062555 or http://www.sra.org.uk/contact-us/

Exemptions and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have previously studied a qualification or a module(s) within a qualification which you believe may be considered for an exemption or recognition of prior learning (RPL), please refer to this link which provides further information and application details.

English Language Requirements

If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a ‘majority English speaking country’, please provide a certified copy of one of the below approved English Language Tests:

English language requirements 

  • IELTS (academic)  Overall band score of 6.5 with no component below 6.0.
  • ISE III (Trinity College London) Pass in all four components 
  • Pearsons (academic)  Score of 58 with no one component below 51  
  • Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (test taken after January 2015)  Overall 176 with no one component below 169  
  • Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2015) Pass at Grade A and Exceptional in all four components 

Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2015)

Pass at Grade B or C and Borderline in all four components

Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2015) Pass at Grade C1 and Weak in all four components

Important Notice

You are advised to make your own enquiries with any professional bodies to which you may seek admission, to determine whether you will meet all their requirements, including academic, character and suitability requirements. The University cannot be held responsible for any decisions subsequently taken by a professional body concerning these requirements.

Visa Requirements

Non-EEA students requiring a visa to study should refer to the UKVI Policy Guidance, which can be found on their website: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa . Please note that immigration regulations are subject to change at any time. Specific enquiries regarding University sponsorship of students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System can be e-mailed to visaoffice@law.ac.uk 

It is the responsibility of all students from outside the EU to ensure you have a visa covering the full duration of your course. You may find our visa FAQs for international students helpful.

Important Note for Non-EEA Students Requiring our Sponsorship for a Visa

Due to UKVI rules and the time period required to obtain a visa, we are unable to accept you on our LPC full-time accelerated - 6 month course starting in July if you are intending to start this course immediately after your GDL or degree course finishing in June/July in the same year. This is because the UKVI require evidence of your GDL/degree result as part of your application for a visa. You will however be able to start on the January intake of the LPC full-time accelerated - 6 month course in the following year. 

Course modules

LPC Modles

All LPC modules are delivered and assessed at master's level (level 7) except for Introduction to Professional Practice which is taught and assessed at level 6.

Stage one: Core practice area modules  

This comprises four compulsory modules to cover:

  • Introduction to Professional Practice (Professional conduct within this module carries 15 credits) 
  • Business Law and Practice knowledge and skills (30 credits) 
  • Dispute Resolution knowledge and skills (including criminal litigation) (30 credits)
  • Real Estate knowledge and skills (30 credits) 

Each module covers a range of skills including advocacy, interviewing and advising, practical legal research, critical thinking, writing and drafting.

The focus of study across the core practice areas is on practical application, using tailored case studies and simulated transactions.

Stage two: Professional elective modules

Students choose three professional elective modules (15 credits each):

We offer the following 15 electives on full-time and part-time courses starting in September, and on the January start 6 month accelerated course:

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

On the July start 6 month accelerated course, students can choose from the following 8 electives:

  • Advanced Real Estate Law & Practice
  • Banking and Debt Finance Law & Practice
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution Law & Practice
  • Commercial Law & Practice
  • Employment Law & Practice
  • Intellectual Property Law & Practice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law & Practice
  • Public Companies Law & Practice

On the January start full time 10 month course, all campuses offer the following 6 electives:

  • Advanced Real Estate Law & Practice
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution Law & Practice
  • Commercial Law & Practice
  • Employment Law & Practice
  • Family Law & Practice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law & Practice

Please note that, on all study modes, the availability of each elective module is subject to demand and timetabling constraints. 

Full-Time LPC

For September starters, 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. Students starting in January study Stage one are studied from January to July and Stage two from July to October.

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 assessed in 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:

  • 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.

Masters Degrees

Sponsored students: Your firm may advise you on which award and electives to take.

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
    • Management
    • Financial analysis
    • Corporate finance
    • Business development
    • 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

Assessment methods

There are a range of assessments, including oral assessments in Interviewing and Advocacy, open book exams, closed book exams and take home 24 hour assessments. Mock assessments are arranged in order to prepare students for the real assessments.

Course fees

Course fees vary slightly depending on which campus you'd like to study at. Please contact the University of Law for more information on course fees.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Legal Practice Course Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,150 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Legal Practice Course Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 11,310 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 Years
Legal Practice Course Part-time day September 2018 11,950 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years
Legal Practice Course Full-time January 2019 16,230 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
Legal Practice Course Full-time January 2019 11,950 per Whole course (Home/EU) 6 Months
Legal Practice Course Full-time January 2019 16,230 per Whole course (Home/EU) 6 Months
Legal Practice Course Full-time January 2019 11,950 per Whole course (Home/EU) 6 Months
Legal Practice Course Full-time January 2019 16,230 per Whole course (Home/EU) 6 Months
Legal Practice Course Full-time January 2019 12,750 per Whole course (Home/EU) 6 Months
Legal Practice Course Full-time January 2019 12,750 per Whole course (Home/EU) 6 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Guildford centre Guildford GU3 1HA South East
London Moorgate centre City of London EC1Y 8HQ South East
Birmingham centre Birmingham B18 6AQ West Midlands
Bristol centre Bristol BS1 6HG South West
Manchester centre Manchester M1 4HJ North West
Chester centre Chester CH3 7AB North West
Leeds centre Leeds LS1 5HD Yorkshire and the Humber
Exeter centre (University of Exeter) Exeter EX4 4RJ South West
The University of Law London Bloomsbury London WC1E 7DE
Nottingham Campus Nottingham NG1 6FS East Midlands

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Key information

Campus or study location: 
Birmingham
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Leeds
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Nottingham
Reading
Contact: 
Admissions Enquiries (Law)
Telephone number: 
020 3435 4608