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  1. Postgraduate
  2. 2021
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Postgrad Diploma Legal Practice Course

Entry Year:
The course is an excellent preparation for practice giving you a realistic experience of life as a trainee solicitor.

Key information

Start date

Autumn 2021

Academic year dates


Full-time: one year

Postgraduate Certificate (Stage One): Full-time: Six months (September – February)

Postgraduate Diploma (Stages One & Two): Full-time: One year (September – June)

LLM: Full-time: One year (September – September)


Full-time: 15,050*


Full-time: 15,050*


Full-time: 15,050*

Application period

Until End of August


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Who is it for?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a solicitor – whatever area of law you are interested in. To apply, you will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

The course attracts a rich blend of students with a variety of backgrounds and interests – from around the world and from all parts of the UK.

Providing you with a solid academic foundation, this programme is taught at Masters level, and its structure and content fully meet the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirements. The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is part of the required training for qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales, and follows completion of the required academic stage of training.

City’s LPC is taught at Masters level. The course offers you two possible routes:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice ('The LPC'): If you successfully complete the compulsory taught element of the course (150 credits) you will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma and be certified as having completed Stages 1 and 2 of the Legal Practice Course.  This is the compulsory vocational qualification required to be completed as part of your training to become a solicitor and to be eligible to be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.
  • LLM in Legal Practice ('the LLM'): Alternatively, you may choose to complete both the LPC and an additional 30 credit practice-focussed dissertation to achieve a Master’s Degree.

It is also possible to join the course for Stage 1 of the LPC only, Stage 2 of the LPC only or one or more of the electives.


The Legal Practice Course will help you:

  • Gain a strong foundation for a future career in the law.
  • Work on a series of client files, 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.
  • 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.
  • Satisfy all the requirements of a traditional LLM, while gaining a primary focus on practice.
  • Focus on a specific area of professional legal practice related to the LPC. This can be linked to training contract applications to underline a commitment to a particular area. This route enhances your CV with an LLM from a University that provides academic excellence for business and the professions.
  • Chose the option of undertaking an additional, practice-focused dissertation to obtain the LLM in Legal Practice. There is no additional fee for this.
  • Become well prepared for your career in law.

Your approach to the course will be very different to the one experienced in an academic law course, offering you high levels of support, small class sizes, and one-to-one attention. You will also learn to apply knowledge in a way that best serves the client’s interests.


Solicitors Regulation Authority

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

The LPC is a postgraduate course with entry requirements prescribed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Most students will have a UK honours degree in law. Normally a strong second-class degree is the minimum standard required. However, it is possible to apply with a degree in another subject and a further qualification in law, such as the Graduate Diploma in Law. The SRA can advise on non-standard qualifications.

In considering your application, we will take the following into account:

  • Academic profile and achievement.
  • Strength of personal reasons for wishing to take the course.
  • Evidence of your motivation to become a solicitor (work experience, training contract applications, etc.).

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.

We are also currently accepting the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition. We require a score  of  25 in Speaking and at least 24 in every other component of the test.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

To apply for the LLM, LPC Stages One & Two or LPC Stage One only, you must apply online through the Central Applications Board at . Applications open in early October each year and can be made up until the end of August before the start of the course. You will have to pay a registration fee when you apply.

To apply for Stage Two only, or one or two vocational electives, you must apply directly to City, University of London.

We will accept applications up until one week before the course begins, but you should be aware that 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 apply for both Stages One & Two, offers will be for both the Postgraduate Diploma  and the LLM – you will be required to select which route you intend to study when you accept your offer.

If you have any enquiries please contact: +44 (0)20 7040 5787,

Groups are kept small so you get maximum support from the tutor.
Pro bono and extra-curricular opportunities, including mentoring scheme, commercial awareness lectures and national competitions.
Contact time
High levels of contact time with our very experienced staff.
During your course

More about fees

*Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

What your fee includes

LPC fees are inclusive of:

  • Course deposit.
  • Core textbooks and course materials.
  • First attempt assessments.
  • The Solicitors Regulation Authority registration fee (a £15 fee payable by all students commencing the LPC which we pay to the SRA on your behalf).

Additional fees may include:

  • ‘Fee to apply through the Central Applications Board – currently set at £15
  • IELTS fees where applicable – usually charged in local currency
  • Visa fees for those who require a Student Visa

Please note that there is an additional fee for assessment resits.

The fee is the same for the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Stages 1 & 2 of the LPC) and the LLM (the LPC plus a dissertation).

LPC Stage 1

Fees for LPC Stage 1 only for full-time Home/EU and non-EU: £10,970

Accreditation of Prior Learning (BVC & BPTC Graduates)

Full-time EU: £7,750

Full time Non-EU: £7,750


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

UK Postgraduate Loans

UK students who choose to take the LLM route will be eligible for the government’s Postgraduate Loan. The Postgraduate Diploma (LPC) alone is not eligible for this funding. Students who obtain such a loan will need to complete the full programme (they will not be able to switch to the PGDip route) or they may breach the terms of their loan agreement.

10% Loyalty Discount

If you have already completed a course at The City Law School you will be eligible for the 10% loyalty discount. 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.

Find out more about the scholarships offered by the City Law School.

Discretionary LEA Awards

Although, there is limited support available from Local Education Authorities (LEAs) for postgraduate students a number of discretionary awards are available. Contact your Local Education Authority directly to find out the discretionary awards available to students undertaking postgraduate study.


If you are an aspiring solicitor it is possible to obtain funding for your Legal Practice Course and Graduate Diploma in Law (if applicable) before you start your course. Some training contracts offered by firms include sponsorship of Legal Practice Course and Graduate Diploma in Law. In return they would normally expect you to serve your two year training contract with them and possibly make a longer employment commitment.

The Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook and provide lists of firms who are willing to sponsor students.

The Diversity Access Scheme

The Diversity Access Scheme offers assistance with Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees to exceptional individuals who face or have overcome exceptional obstacles to qualify as a solicitor.

For more information visit the Diversity Access Scheme website.

Disclosure for US students

As part of US Loan regulations, City is required to give Gainful Employment disclosures as part of our contract with the US Department of Education. Please refer to the following document for more information:

Gainful Employment Reporting


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.

Find out more about other scholarships offered to City Law School Students.


The City Law School Memorial Prizes

In addition to the fee based scholarships we offer, each course also has a number of memorial prizes available. Each prize is course specific and available to all students enrolled on that course in any given year.

We work very closely with the profession and other relevant bodies and organisations and as such can offer students on all courses a number of externally funded gifts and prizes. There are currently around 30 different prizes on offer varying in value from £50 up to £5,000.

Bishop & Sewell LLP Legal Research Award

Exclusively for current LPC students at The City Law School, in conjunction with Bishop & Sewell LLP. Prizes are awarded for the best legal research submissions on a given task. Shortlisted candidates are invited to present and discuss their submissions at the firm, followed by an awards ceremony.

Prizes 1st Prize: £200 and a one week internship at Bishop & Sewell LLP
2nd Prize: £150
3rd Prize: £100
For more information about the Award, please visit the Moodle page.

Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize

Sweet & Maxwell books worth £50 are awarded to the student obtaining the second highest aggregate mark in the assessments on the LPC.

Sibel Dedezade Pro Bono Award

A prize is awarded to a LPC student for exceptional work on The City Law School pro bono programme as nominated by advice clinic supervisors or pro bono partners.

Student views

Bertha Eke has chosen to study the Legal Practice Course (LLM route) at City, University of London.

Bertha is an international student from Nigeria. She shares her story through 3 objects, symbolising her past, present and future. Discover the motivations and drivers behind her decision to undertake a master’s degree, her student experience at City, and her hopes and professional aspirations for the next step of her career journey.


There are no placements as part of the course. However, students will be able to take advantage of the many other career-enhancing opportunities on offer.

Pro bono is an opportunity to use your time and knowledge to provide legal advice to those who may otherwise not have access to such services. It provides you with invaluable experience and a chance to develop your legal skills further. We have an award-winning Pro Bono Unit,  which offers you a wide range of opportunities to get involved in pro bono work.

Mooting is a great way to develop important legal skills, such as research and analysis whilst also learning how to structure a legal argument. At City Law School, we offer wide range of mooting competitions and run an annual internal mooting competition where students act as a counsel to argue a point of law before a judge.

There is also an exciting programme of additional lectures given by senior members of the legal profession, and other opportunities to network with practitioners.

Academic facilities

  • City, University of London invested in a new, state-of-the-art home for The City Law School. Based at Sebastian Street, the building will bring together all of our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes into a single hub of legal expertise.
  • Staff, student spaces and facilities including the law specific library and mock court room are now housed in the contemporary space, close to law firms and chambers and perfectly placed to enable students to access other university services.
  • As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything City, University of London has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.
  • As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.
  • You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international Case law, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals.


We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

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. You will 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, you will normally be in a group of 16 students. This group will then split into two for the skills sessions, which are normally taught in groups 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.

If you choose to take the LLM, the classes that you take on the LPC provide the taught element of the course. To complete your studies and be awarded the LLM in Legal Practice, you will also have to produce a dissertation of between 7,500 and 10,000 words. In order to do this, you will need to work independently, use practitioner sources and apply law at an advanced level to solve problems whilst developing an awareness of current practice issues.

In support of your work on the dissertation, we provide:

  • One-to-one supervision.
  • Web-based guidance on research, planning and writing a dissertation.
  • Access to all City Law School and City, University of London facilities, including library services, IT support and careers guidance.
  • Induction sessions on research and writing skills.


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 in September with a two-week Foundation when you will have classes every day. This will introduce you to 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 normally attend four days a week. You will normally have three one-and-half-hour sessions a day amounting to 16 to 18 hours a week. Stage One runs from September to February (including assessments).

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 to 15 hours of classes a week, timetabled over four days, during this stage. Stage Two runs from March to June (including assessments)

If you choose to complete the LLM, you will be required to write a dissertation between June and September.  In addition to supervision, we will provide you with an induction covering research and writing skills in June. There will be no other timetabled teaching during this period.

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
  • 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 the autumn after commencing the LPC, 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.

You can choose from the following electives:

  • Advanced Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Equity Finance (commercial route only)
  • Family Law (general practice route only)
  • Media Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (commercial route only)
  • Private Client (general practice route only)

The range of electives offered in any one year is subject to availability and demand, but we usually run all electives.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

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. We offer the bespoke Training Contract Advisory Service (TCAS) which you can access as soon as you have accepted your place. This is run by members of the team who were partners in their firms and have in-depth expertise of what employers are looking for.

TCAS offers assistance with CVs, covering letters, selection days and other matters relating to a search for a training contract. 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 inside and outside London.

Past alumni 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. Mentors are able to give you guidance on your career.

You may wish to pursue further study or use the skills and knowledge acquired in areas outside of the law. As many of the skills developed on the LPC are transferable, former students are now working in other professional environments such as:

  • Government Legal Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Local Government lawyers
  • Regulators
  • Academic lawyers
  • Legal publishing
  • Finance industry and banking
  • Commerce and business
  • Banking
  • Accountancy
  • Tax
  • Corporate governance
  • Ombudsman departments

You can receive expert advice about your career options from your personal tutor and City's Careers, Student Development & Outreach service. The service also offers support for interviews, mock interviews and job searching techniques.

Application Deadline

End of August

To apply for the LLM, LPC Stages One & Two or LPC Stage One only, you must apply online through the Central Applications Board at . Applications open in early October each year and can be made up until the end of August before the start of the course. You will have to pay a registration fee when you apply.

To apply for Stage Two only, or one or two vocational electives, you must apply directly to City, University of London.

We will accept applications up until one week before the course begins, but you should be aware that 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 apply for both Stages One & Two, offers will be for both the Postgraduate Diploma  and the LLM – you will be required to select which route you intend to study when you accept your offer.

If you have any enquiries please contact: +44 (0)20 7040 5787,

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