The Accelerated Legal Practice Course at BPP University Law School

If you secure a training contract with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Fulbright or Slaughter and May (the Consortium), you will study the Accelerated Legal Practice Course at BPP University Law School, one of the UK's leading providers of professional legal education. 

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the vocational training programme for those intending to practise as solicitors. At BPP University Law School, we view the LPC as not only a qualification, but also the start of your career as a solicitor.

Why is the Accelerated LPC special?

The Consortium's Accelerated LPC was the first accelerated LPC to be launched in the country, but it is now not the LPC being taught at a faster pace. What makes the Consortium's Accelerated LPC special?

  • It has been designed exclusively for students joining the Consortium firms and the content of each session has been specifically tailored to the needs of trainees at these firms.
  • The Accelerated LPC has been designed to help students to develop a professional, work-like approach which will ease the transition from student to professional life.
  • It is the only accelerated LPC where students are able to study in groups with students sponsored by other firms. Groups are made up of students sponsored by each of the five firms enabling students to build a network of contacts at similar firms to their own at the start of their professional careers.
  • The programme started in August 2009 and has a long track-record of success.
  • High satisfaction levels amongst students. To see quotes from former students click here.
  • The programme is rigorous and challenging, yet the teaching and assessments are completed in just 6½ months (there is some pre-programme work to be completed) compared to the traditional LPC, which is completed over a period of 10 months.
  • The partnership between BPP and the Consortium provides students with unrivalled links between their education and future legal careers.

If you are interested in studying at BPP University Law School but not intending to train at one of the five firms listed above, please refer to our main website ( to see details of our other LPC programmes.

Two cohorts

With two start dates available for (the last week in July/first week of August or the last week in January/first week of February), you can either begin the Accelerated LPC after your degree or GDL, or take time out before you start studying. The two start dates will also provide for the possibility of starting your training contract earlier once you have finished the programme (although this will be a matter to be decided by your firm).

Please note that the Accelerated LPC is not the same course as BPP's Fast Track or January start LPCs. Information regarding these LPCs is available on the BPP website (particularly course dates). The Accelerated LPC is also not the same as the accelerated LPC we run for Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance sponsored students. The only information on the website that relates to the Consortium's Accelerated LPC is found in these pages. If you need more information, please contact Please do not contact any of the general BPP enquiry lines as you may be given information which relates to BPP's other LPCs. Please note that you should only contact Jake if you have been offered a training contract at one of the Consortium firms. We are not able to provide you with any assistance in relation to securing a training contract with the Consortium firms and we would refer you to the relevant firm’s website in that regard.

Whilst the contact teaching begins in August or February, you will be required to undertake significant study in July or January. However this can be done remotely at a time that fits in with any holiday/travel arrangements you may have. This material will be released in early June or December.

Please note that BPP are unable to reserve a place for you or decide which cohort you will be studying on. You will need to discuss your programme start date with your firm.

Full details of your term dates will be made available to you prior to your programme commencing. Please do not make any arrangements until we have confirmed your term dates with you. For a general guide to the course timelines, please see below:

August cohort

July August September October November December* January February
Pre-programme Study Stage 1 teaching begins Stage 1 Stage 1 exam period Stage 2 teaching begins Stage 2 Stage 2 exam period

*Two week Christmas break falls in December during Stage 2.

February cohort

January February March April* May June July August  
Pre-programme Study Stage 1 teaching begins Stage 1 Stage 1 exam period Stage 2 teaching begins Stage 2 Stage 2 exam period


*Two week Easter break falls in March/April during Stage 1.