1. Postgraduate Applicants: LPC
  2. Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to other questions often asked by our applicants.

Why should I choose The City Law School for the LPC?

  • Transaction based and skills focused course
  • Experienced and approachable teaching and support staff
  • High ratio of staff to students
  • High proportion of face to face teaching
  • Small class sizes
  • A highly supportive environment
  • High quality fellow students
  • A range of electives to enable you to specialise in your chosen sector of practice, be it private client or commercial
  • Location in the heart of legal London
  • Extensive range of pro bono activities
  • Broad range of other extra-curricular activities including a mentor scheme, commercial awareness lectures and the chance to participate in competitions
  • Access to Training Contract advice as soon as you accept your place
  • The possibility of studying an LLM in Professional Legal Practice. This course will be offered free to you
  • Full range of student support from City, University of London.

What is the Training Contract Advisory Service?

The Training Contracts Advisory Service (TCAS) provides dedicated advice to help you to find a training contract. Our legal experts are trained to guide you through the process of finding employment both within the legal profession and in the public and commercial sectors of the economy. You can start using the service as soon as you accept your place on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at The City Law School.

When you start the LPC you will receive a booklet, which provides you with information to help you develop your CV, covering letters and training contract applications. If you need one-to-one advice, you can make an individual appointment throughout the year with the service. Our TCAS advisors are there to help you prepare for interviews, assessment days or presentations.

TCAS regularly keep LPC students informed about the latest developments in legal recruitment. Our TCAS advisors liaise with law firms on a regular basis and we are constantly on the lookout for any advertised training contract, paralegal or similar vacancies that you might miss during a very busy LPC year.

You can book a 30 minute appointment with a member of the TCAS team to discuss your career. Provision can also be made for you to have mock interviews (at short notice, if necessary) and two members of the TCAS team will act the role of interviewers.

Once you accept your place you will have access to the School's Training Contract Advisory Service. To book an appointment with a TCAS advisor please email lpc@city.ac.uk.

Can I begin the course after the stated registration date?

This is best avoided. Teaching starts on the day following registration so any student who registers late will immediately be at a disadvantage. However, arrangements can be made in individual cases; please put a request in writing to the Admissions Officer explaining the reason you're making the request. It will then be considered by the relevant Course Director.

Please note that any student given permission to register late will need to make up all missed work and registration more than one week after Registration Day will only be permitted in wholly exceptional circumstances. No students will be permitted to register more than two weeks after the start of the course.

What are the differences between the Postgraduate Diploma and the LLM?

The Postgraduate Diploma is simply the taught elements of the LPC, the LLM includes an additional dissertation. If you study the LLM your course will end in September instead of June. The dissertation will be between 7,500 and 10,000 words and focus on an area taught on the LPC. Both routes of study enable you to undertake a Training Contract.

I'd like to speak to an academic, how can I do this?

We are happy to arrange this, please contact the Admissions Officer (lpc@city.ac.uk) providing your contact details and availability and we will organise for someone to call you back.