1. Postgraduate applicants to City, University of London
  2. Offer, confirmation and registration - LPC

Offer, confirmation and registration - LPC

We are delighted that you applied to undertake postgraduate study at City, University of London.

Here is a guide on the next steps about receiving an offer, how to confirm your place and finally register as a City student.

We hope that you will find the information on this site helpful as you make preparations to embark on your study with us.

Receiving your offer

You will receive your offer by email. This offer will be valid for the following options:

  • Stage One of the LPC (the Core Practice Areas and Skills) only, known as the Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice; or
  • Stages One and Two (the Electives) of the LPC; known as the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice; or
  • The LLM in Legal Practice (Stages One & Two of the LPC and a Dissertation)

As you will be aware students are able to take the two stages of the LPC at different providers. If you wish to accept the offer for Stage One only please indicate this on the online acceptance form.

All offers will be conditional upon you obtaining a minimum lower second class honours in a Qualifying Law Degree or at least a lower second class honours in a non-law degree and a pass in the GDL/CPE.

Responding to your offer

Should you wish to accept your offer please complete the online acceptance form and pay the £350 deposit. You should return this by the date stated on your offer. The deposit can be paid online using your student number (at the top of the offer letter).  For further details of how to pay please see the section on paying your deposit/tuition fees.

Please note that the course does fill up so do make sure that you accept your place by the deadline to avoid disappointment. Late acceptances will only be permitted if there is space available. (Extensions to the deadline can be requested from the Admissions Department (law@city.ac.uk).

If you have a Training Contract it will be possible to postpone the deposit payment (should you need to). Please just privide us with a copy of your Training Contract offer letter.

Please note that, in accordance with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000, you have fourteen days from the time we receive your acceptance and deposit in which to cancel your acceptance. After such time your deposit will become non-refundable.

All acceptances will be acknowledged by email. We will contact you at various points over the summer by email, so it is important to inform us if you change your contact details. You will receive regular updates on the School, the course and the wider University regularly over the coming months.

Confirming your place

Once you have accepted your place you will need to provide proof that you meet the conditions of your offer before you will be invited to register. If you are an international student and require a Tier 4 visa it is important you do this as early as possible as you cannot apply for a visa until we have proof that you meet the entry conditions.

This means you need to send us a copy of your full LLB or GDL results transcript showing you achieved the conditions set out in your offer letter as soon as it is available and no later than 29th July 2019 (for international students) or 27th August 2019 (for home/EU students).

This should be sent to law@city.ac.uk or by post to the Admissions Office, The City Law School, 4 Gray's Inn Place, London, WC1R 5DX.

If you are undertaking your LLB/GE LLB or GDL at City Law School you do not need to provide evidence of your results. We will, of course, obtain these directly.

You are not required to obtain Student Enrolment/Completion of the Academic Stage from the SRA unless you have character or suitability issues. If you do have character and/or suitability issues you will need to contact the SRA and make the relevant applications for permission to begin the LPC as early as possible (the SRA advise six months before the start date of the LPC).

Once you have accepted your place, you can look ahead to starting with us. The start date is Monday 9th September 2019.

Below you can find out about further key dates for your calendar, along with information about timetables and reading lists.

Online registration

Online registration is scheduled to open in early August 2019. Once online registration has opened and you have met all of the conditions of your offer you will receive an automated email from City, University of London inviting you to register for the course online. Please note that you cannot register online until you have received this email.

Online registration is a relatively straightforward process. You will be asked to confirm course details and personal details (full name, address, date of birth etc.). You will also be prompted to pay the first instalment of your fees if you have not already done so. You do not have to complete online registration all at once, you can return to it later, however please ensure you do complete online registration before the course starts in September 2019.

When you have successfully completed the online registration process you will receive a Registration Certificate. Please print this and bring it with you to Registration Day. Please note that you will not be a registered student until you have completed both online and in-person registration.

In-person registration

In late August you will receive an invitation to in-person registration with your specified time for registration and giving you details of the events taking place on this date.

In-person registration for the LPC is provisionally scheduled to be 9th September 2019.

Preparing to start

On Registration Day you will complete the formalities of registration, this will include checking all students eligibility to study in the UK (so you will need to bring your passport), and issuing your student card. The first batch of course materials will also be distributed including a number of text books.

The schedule for Registration Day 2019 is yet to be finalised but it's likely there will be other Induction Activities scheduled on this day including an introductory talk from the Course Director.

Receiving your timetable

You will receive your timetable for the first two weeks (Foundation Period) by email in late August. You will receive your timetable for the rest of the term during the Foundation Period.

Please note that, due to maximum class size requirements, we cannot confirm your group, and therefore your personal timetable for Term 1, until after registration, when we know exactly who has registered.

Classes will usually take place four days per week, with Wednesdays kept clear of teaching during Stage 1 (although they may occasionally contain assessments). Teaching takes place from 9am to 6pm. It is likely that you will have some opportunity to express a preference as to whether your teaching is concentrated toward the morning or the afternoon if you have accepted an offer by early summer 2019, after this point preferences cannot be guaranteed.

Reading lists

There is no set reading list for the LPC. You will be issued with course materials at appropriate points during the course, including at Registration. These materials will include key text books.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why Should I choose the City Law School?

  • 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
  • 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 obtaining an LLM in Professional Legal Practice by completing a dissertation in addition to the LPC. 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. To book an appointment with a TCAS advisor please email law@city.ac.uk.

When you start the LPC you will receive further information on how to 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 and two members of the TCAS team will act the role of interviewers.

To book an appointment with a TCAS advisor please email law@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 exceptional circumstances; 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 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. Under no circumstances will any student 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 the taught elements of the LPC, the LLM is the LPC plus 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.