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    1. 2017

Legal Practice Course

Postgrad Diploma |
The course is an excellent preparation for practice giving you a realistic experience of life as a trainee solicitor.

Key Information

Start date

Autumn 2017


Full-time: September to June


Full-time: £14,500


Full-time: £14,500

Who is it for?

This course is well suited for anyone who wants to become a solicitor whatever area of law they are interested in. There is a rich blend of students on the course with a variety of backgrounds and interests.

There are students from a number of jurisdictions many of whom will have experience of working in practice. Most students will have a 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.


This postgraduate Legal Practice Course is a practical course which will give you a strong foundation for a future career in the law. This is reflected in the skills based, transactional nature of the course.

You 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 you through the different tasks that would have to be undertaken to advance the client’s case.

Your approach to the course will therefore be very different to the one experienced in an academic law course. You will have to apply knowledge in a way that best serves the client’s interests.

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 you will therefore be well prepared for your career in the law.


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The course is approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is a compulsory element of the process of qualifying as a solicitor.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

A number of factors are looked at when considering applications for the course. These include a commitment to the law, work experience in a legal environment and other relevant experience which demonstrates your ability to undertake the course.

Applicants should have either a Graduate Diploma in Law with a Pass grade or at least a second class honours LLB degree.

Students who have passed the BVC or BPTC in the last five years will be able to accredit their prior learning and so will only have to take certain elements of the course.

Please contact us if you want to know more about this option.

Character and Suitability Test

You should be aware that before you qualify as a solicitor you will have to undergo a character and suitability test for the SRA. The SRA will review your position if you have any convictions, had financial problems such as a County Court judgment against you or been involved in assessment offences.

If you have been affected by such matters you should contact the SRA. Find further information on the test on the SRA website.

English requirements

If you did not complete your degree within the United Kingdom you will have to have an IELTS score of seven with no score less than six in any element of the assessment.

Visa requirements

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.

How to apply

All applications for the course have to be made centrally through the Central Applications Board at

You will have to pay a registration fee when you apply.

We will accept applications up until one week before the course starts but the deadline for our scholarship scheme is in June.

You will also have to obtain a reference to support your application and should allow time for that.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

+44 (0)20 7040 0332

City, University of London
Northampton Square London

United Kingdom

Groups are kept small so you get a lot of support from the tutor.
Pro bono schemes.
Contact time
High levels of contact time with our very experienced staff.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

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

Future Lawyer Advancement Reward

If you have already completed a course at The City Law School you will be eligible for the Future Lawyer Advancement Reward. All you need to do is meet the minimum entry requirements for your second course and we will automatically take 10% off of your tuition fees. This is available to students who have previously completed the BVC/BPTC with us and choose to take the LPC with Accreditation of Prior Learning.

See our range scholarships, prizes and loans that can help you pay for your course.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

For further information and ideas about funding your course, visit Financing your study.

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There are no placements as part of the course. However, students will be able to take advantage of the many pro bono opportunities that the law school offers. These include advice clinics, court based projects and schemes which offer the opportunity to work abroad. The City Law School also has links with a wide variety of organisations who can offer opportunities to volunteer with them.

The law school is often approached by firms offering internships to students.

Academic facilities

The course is delivered at the Gray’s Inn Place campus in the heart of legal London. The campus has a specific professional programmes library and all the classrooms have been designed to meet the requirements of the professional law courses.

There is a dedicated LPC suite of classrooms which also includes lockers and a resources room specifically for LPC students. The building which houses the LPC suite also has 10 video rooms where students can practice performances in the oral skills.

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Teaching and learning

One of the strong features of the LPC at City is the level of support students receive. All 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.

This is reinforced by the size of the groups. For the workshops students will be in a group which has a maximum of 16 students. This group will then split into two for the skills sessions which have a maximum of eight students. This allows more time for students to get guidance from tutors.

These smaller sessions are underpinned by the large groups. All students will attend these sessions which give an overview of the area being studied.


The assessment regime for the course has to meet the SRA’s requirements. This means that the Core Practice Areas, Electives and Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors Accounts) are assessed by means of a written examination.

The Course Skills are assessed in the context of the Core Practice Areas and Wills in a manner that is appropriate to the individual skill. For example, you will have to conduct a filmed interview with an actor as your client, make a filmed court submission, draft a legal document or prepare a letter of advice for a client.

Our assessments are open book and therefore test your application of the law rather than your memory.


The course begins with a two week Foundation when you will have classes every day. This will introduce you the Course Skills and the more practical approach that we take to studying the law. The course is then divided into two stages.

In stage one you will study the core modules.  During this stage you will attend four days a week. You will normally have three one and half hour sessions a day amounting to 16 – 18 hours a week.

In stage two, you will study three elective modules. Your timetable will depend on the electives that you choose. You will have around 13.5 – 15 hours of classes a week during this stage.

Stage one

In Stage one you have to complete nine compulsory modules as follows:

Core Practice Areas

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Litigation (including Civil and Criminal)

Course Skills

  • Advocacy
  • Drafting
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Writing
  • Practical Legal Research

Professional Conduct and Regulation

This module has several elements to it. These are:

  • Professional Conduct and Regulation
  • Financial Services
  • Solicitors Accounts

Wills and the Administration of Estates

The SRA require you to study Taxation as part of the course. This pervades the course and so will be dealt with throughout the above modules.

Stage two

During Stage two of the course you will study your electives. In order to complete the LPC you must pass three electives. You can take your electives at more than one provider and you can take your electives at providers other than City. You should, however, be aware that it might be more expensive for you to do this.

You will choose your electives in November/December after having received guidance from the tutors about your choice. You will have to opt for either a commercial or general practice route although the bulk of the electives are open to all students.

All students can choose from the following electives:

  • Advanced civil litigation (10 credits)
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Commercial law (10 credits)
  • Employment law (10 credits)
  • Media law (10 credits)

If you take the commercial route you can also opt for Equity Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions. You will not be able to choose options on the general practice route.

On the general practice route you can opt for Family or Private Client but will not be able to take options from the commercial route.

Career prospects

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.

92.5% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

All applications for the course have to be made centrally through the Central Applications Board at

You will have to pay a registration fee when you apply.

We will accept applications up until one week before the course starts but the deadline for our scholarship scheme is in June.

You will also have to obtain a reference to support your application and should allow time for that.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

+44 (0)20 7040 0332

City, University of London
Northampton Square London

United Kingdom

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