Legal Practice Course (LPC)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, known as the Legal Practice Course (LPC) gives you the essential training you need to become a qualified solicitor. It's your bridge between the academic world and professional life in a law firm, giving you the legal knowledge, skills and commercial understanding - to thrive in today's market. The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice is awarded by BPP University and is accredited by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority.

Our LPC means business. It's much more than a qualification; it's grounding in the key skills you will need to succeed. We'll equip you with more than just legal knowledge – we focus on the all-round legal skills and commercial awareness employers are seeking. It's no coincidence that the BPP University LPC is the first choice of many leading law firms and over 30 exclusively send their trainees to study with us.

By choosing to study your LPC with BPP University, you'll have the best possible start to your legal career.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice is awarded by BPP University and is accredited by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority.


^Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by telephoning 03332 209 864 or emailing admissions@bpp.com, by visiting the Investec website

Key Information

  • Study alongside the best - with trainees from over 30 leading international and UK law firms
  • Enhance your employability with our ‘Preparing for Practice’ module,
  • Full access to BPP’s Careers Service as soon as you accept your place on LPC
  • Access the LPC whenever and wherever you are online by logging on to lectures and online sessions for consolidation, revision and catch up
  • Take advantage of our strong links with the legal profession through our networking events and career mentoring
  • Enhance your learning experience with personal tutor support throughout your LPC
  • Reduce the time it takes to qualify with the new Fast Track LPC
  • Be taught by tutors who are qualified lawyers who bring experience of working in practice into the classroom
  • Careers advice and support from tutors, who are qualified lawyers as soon as you accept your place on LPC
  • This course is available Full time, Part time and Fast track.
  • Vastly improve your chances of securing a training contract with mock interviews CV guidance workshops and many more - from our specialist Careers Service
  • Add value and focus to your LPC through our free High Street Extra and Law Firm as a Business programmes
  • Put the theory to the test and build your CV through our award-winning pro bono centre
  • Funding available through the exclusive Law Loan from Investec^, Scholarships and interest-free payment plans
Contact us: 03331 226 617

 

LPC Career Guarantee

The Legal Practice Course is an excellent first step towards a career in law – but you need to know you’ll find the right job once you qualify. Studying with BPP can make all the difference. That’s what the UK’s leading law firms tell us, and now we guarantee it.

If you don’t get a Training Contract within six months of completing your LPC at BPP you can study another qualification with us, worth up to £16,500*, for free. Places are limited so for more details on how to apply or find out more or to secure your place visit: www.bpp.com/LPCCareerGuarantee

*Terms and conditions apply

LPC exemptions - New for September 2014

BPP are now the offering the Accredited Prior Learning (APL) LPC to BPTC students. The APL LPC offers more flexibility to your law career giving you the opportunity to apply for both pupillages and training contracts.

MA (LPC with Business)

BPP University offers the only LPC that integrates business into the programme that offers you a Masters degree in both law and business.

Why walk away with the standard LPC when you can study our unique MA (LPC with Business). Develop the advanced commercial and business acumen that firms demand and stand out from the crowd. In addition to the LPC, you will complete two additional business modules and a Business Intelligence Project that enables you to develop an advanced understanding of the business and strategic environment in which clients and law firms operate and the skills to use this knowledge within legal practice.

Find out more about the MA (LPC with Business).

Find out more about the LPC in our LPC Programme Handbook

Preparing you for practice

The LPC teaching is business-focused to reflect the demand by the profession for commercially-aware trainees. Created in conjunction with leading law firms and BPP Business School, our LPC is innovative, dynamic and marketing-leading.

To ensure you get the most from your LPC, we teach in small groups delivered by experienced tutors who are qualified lawyers. We believe in offering a high level of tutor-student interaction and, throughout your LPC studies, you'll have the support of a dedicated personal tutor and be able to sign up for one-to-one mentoring.

More details about the programme can be found in the LPC Programme Handbook.

 

Flexible study modes and start dates

You can choose to study your LPC full-time, part-time or on a Fast Track programme. There are three start dates throughout the year in January, August and September, so you can begin your studies at a time that suits you.

BPP University was the first provider to offer a Fast Track LPC. Available over seven months, rather than nine, it offers the same high levels of face-to-face contact, condensed into a shorter period.

Kick-start your career

Our award winning Pro Bono centre gives you an unrivalled opportunity to work on actual cases in a wide variety of areas, including (but not limited to) intellectual property, family, employment and housing. As well as putting your knowledge into practice, this experience can be crucial in enhancing your CV and getting your career off to the best possible start.

Careers advice as soon as you accept your place on LPC.

Once you accept your place on our LPC you can be allocated a LPC tutor who can assist you with careers advice prior to your course commencing. This will be of benefit to any student looking to apply for training contracts before starting on the LPC programme.

To find out more, speak to your admissions officer.

Enhance your employability

From the moment you accept your place on our LPC, you'll have access to our careers service, which offers:

  • Applications reviews for training contracts and placements in law firms, companies and the not-for-profit sector
  • Researching firms
  • CVs and covering letters
  • Preparing for interviews and assessment centre advice
  • Mock interviews
  • Advice on alternative careers

You will never leave an advice session empty handed. Together, we'll draw up a career action plan which details the steps you should take to achieve your goals.

Gain a competitive edge and get added value with our free optional extra modules

'Preparing for Practice'

Develop your presentation and negotiation skills, as well as your assertiveness in potential conflict situations. This module will give you an excellent foundation in all these skills that you will need to develop during your early years in practice.

'Law Firm as a Business'

All LPC students can study our unique Law Firm as a Business module, which introduces you to some of the essential skills of business and commercial awareness and gives an insight into the practicalities of being a trainee in a law firm.

'High Street Extra'

Although our LPC covers the vast majority of work undertaken by high street practitioners, the BPP High Street Extra module gives you the opportunity to focus in more detail on areas of law which are particularly relevant to high street firms – such as residential conveyancing, partnerships and insolvency. This module is perfect if you are pursuing a career in any of these areas.

The 4th Elective

As all of BPP's LPC teaching is also available in an online format, you are given the opportunity to sign up to an optional 4th elective. This will enable you to gain an extra area of expertise not covered by your three LPC electives. The 4th elective is not examinable and does not form part of your LPC studies.

How the programme is structured

Full-time LPC

Our full-time programme is designed to fit around your lifestyle. For example, you can select from the following schedules:

  • Four days a week, classes between 9:00am and 6:00pm
  • Four days a week, morning classes between 9:00am and 1.15pm (with online lectures)
  • Four days a week, afternoon classes between 1.30pm and 6:00pm (with online lectures)
  • Three days a week, classes between 9:00am and 6:00pm (with online lectures)
  • Two days a week, classes between 9:00am and 6:00pm (with online lectures)

Please note, these timetables are subject to availability and vary between centres.

Part-time LPC

Our part-time programme is designed to fit around your other commitments such as work and family. All lectures for the part time modes are online for maximum flexibility. For example, you can select from the following schedules:

  • Two evenings a week, classes between 6.00pm and 8.00pm
  • Every other Saturday between 10.00am and 5.00pm
  • One day a week (Monday or Friday, morning or afternoon) depending on your chosen Law School
  • A full weekend Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm every third or fourth weekend (Holborn only)


Delivery Options for Lectures.

  Full-time-Combined January Start Fast Track Part-Time
Centres Stage 1 - 4 days a week Stage 1 - 2 or 3 days a week Stage 2 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 1 Stage 2
Birmingham Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online
Bristol Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online
Cambridge Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online
Holborn Live Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online
Leeds Live Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online
Liverpool Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online
Manchester Live Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online

Please note these modes are subject to availability and vary between centres.

Dates for all modes

Online LPC materials

A version of every LPC session (lectures and classroom teaching) is available online, so you can consolidate and revise whenever and wherever you choose. These are particularly helpful to students who miss a session due to, for example, illness or a training contract interview.

APL Exemptions

BPP are now offering Accredited Prior Learning (APL) for BVC and BPTC students applying for the LPC which includes some exemptions and discounted fees:

Successful graduates of the BVC may be granted exemptions from attendance and assessment in the following areas:

  • Stage 1 – Litigation, Advocacy, Drafting, and Practical Legal Research
  • Stage 2 – Two vocational electives

Successful graduates of the BPTC may be granted exemption from attendance and assessment in the following areas:

  • Stage 1 – Litigation, Advocacy, Drafting
  • Stage 2 – Two vocational electives

Successful BVC and BPTC graduates will be granted a 50% discount on LPC fees through APL. This applies to students who completed the BVC/BPTC no earlier than five years prior to the date of their enrolment on the LPC.

BVC/BPTC graduates are not required to have undertaken a pupillage; however students pursuing this route will have to undertake a full training contract following the LPC: the APL policy does not grant any exemption from completing a training contract.

Students who have completed a pupillage should not follow the APL route as they are eligible to become a solicitor via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme regulations (QLTS).

For full details please call our Admissions team or visit the SRA website www.sra.org.uk

Modules

Whether you choose to study full-time or part time, the LPC is divided into two stages:

  • Stage One covers the core practice areas of Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Litigation (Civil and Criminal). The emphasis is on practical application, using specifically designed client portfolios and simulated transactions.
  • Stage Two allows you to specialise in areas as diverse as Corporate Finance, Commercial Law and Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law or Immigration Law. BPP University offers a total of 16 different elective choices. Please note that modules run subject to demand, therefore all modules may not run in all locations.

LPC study schedules

  • Full-time students complete the two stages in one year - either September to June with results in July or January to September with results in October.
  • Part-time students complete Stage One in the first year (September to June). You can then choose to complete Stage Two quickly (July to December), or if you have other commitments, over a number of months or years.
  • Fast Track students complete Stages One and Two in seven months. This option is more intensive than our standard full-time LPC, and because it covers the same material in less time. Fast Track students have two additional hours of face-to-face teaching and approximately three hours extra preparation a week.

Small group sessions

At the start of each module, you will be provided with a comprehensive 'materials pack' containing chapter (lecture) hand-outs and Small Group Session (SGS) descriptions. Each module is then delivered by way of lectures, SGSs and independent private study. Lectures typically last 1 hour and SGSs are 2 hours.

Before preparing for each SGS, you will be required to read the relevant chapter handout and listen to the accompanying lecture. You will then be required to undertake the preparation detailed in the SGS Description. This preparation might require you to, for example - research an area of law, prepare a presentation, draft a contractual clause, prepare a letter of advice, analyse a cause of action.

SGSs involve a wide range of different learning and teaching techniques. Activities combine individual and team work, and might involve:

  • presentations
  • mock hearings
  • negotiations
  • drafting exercises
  • problem solving

Classroom materials are drafted by our tutors, all of whom have worked in practice as a qualified lawyer. This ensures that the practical activities undertaken in your SGSs are all in the context of realistic case studies which really prepare you for practice.

You will be taught your core practice areas (Business Law and Practice, Property Law and Practice and Civil Litigation), in the context of three particular ‘clients’. By considering three clients’ businesses in this way, you will appreciate how their businesses operate as a whole and how decisions made in the context of a property or business transaction might impact upon ongoing litigation. Using client portfolios in this way also illustrates how clients are often represented by different departments within a firm, which closely replicates.

In the elective term, you will act for a broad range of clients reflecting the diversity of experience in practice. This will help to develop not only your legal acumen but also your commercial awareness.

Stage 1

Compulsory Credits
Interviewing and Advising 5 (level6)
Litigation (Civil and Criminal) 25 (level 7)
Wills and Administration of Estates 5 (level 6)
Property Law and Practice 15 (level 7)
Practical Legal Research and Writing 10 (level 6)
Drafting 5 (level 6)
Advocacy 5 (level 6)
Solicitors' Accounts 5 (level 6)
Business Law and Practice (including taxation) 30 (level 7)
Professional Conduct and Regulation (‘PCR’) (including Solicitors’ Accounts (‘SA’) 5 (level 7)

Stage 2

Optional (choose three) Credits
Advanced Commercial Litigation 15 (level 7)
Advanced Criminal Litigation 15 (level 7)
Advanced Commercial Property 15 (level 7)
Commercial Law & Intellectual Property 15 (level 7)
Corporate Finance 15 (level 7)
Debt Finance 15 (level 7)
Employment Law 15 (level 7)
Equity Finance 15 (level 7)
Family Law 15 (level 7)
Immigration Law 15 (level 7)
Insurance Law and Practice 15 (level 7)
International Trade and Transactions 15 (level 7)
Media and Entertainment Law 15 (level 7)
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence 15 (level 7)
Private Acquisitions 15 (level 7)
Private Client (Wills, Probate and Estate Planning) 15 (level 7)

 


Entry requirements

To apply for the BPP LPC you'll need to hold a minimum of one of the following:

  • a qualifying law degree at grade 2.2 or above 
  • qualifying non-law degree at grade 2.2 above and a GDL, CPE, or similar qualification such as CILEx

If you wish to study our Fast-Track LPC you will usually be required to hold a 2.1 at degree level.

If English is not your first language you will need to hold IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent.

Please note we do not accept students with third class degrees onto the LPC.


How to apply

Full-time applications must be made through the Central Applications Board (CAB). This can be done by going to www.lawcabs.ac.uk. CAB applications for 2014 study are now open.

For the part-time programme apply direct to BPP by completing the direct application form at the top of this page. Alternatively, please contact Admissions on 0845 077 5566 or at admissions@bpp.com to discuss your application.

Please note that different application deadlines apply depending on whether you wish to study the full-time or part-time Legal Practice Course (LPC).

If you wish to study our Fast Track LPC you will usually be required to hold a minimum 2.1 at degree level. The Fast-track LPC starts in August and you must apply via www.lawcabs.ac.uk.


SRA

Student Enrolment with the SRA is no longer required prior to the commencement of the LPC.

The SRA do however, require disclosure of issues relating to character and suitability before a trainee commences their training contract, and again on admission as a solicitor.

If you do have character and suitability issues to assess, you should apply to the SRA at least six months before you start your training contract, to avoid any delays. Training cannot commence until the assessment has taken place.

The SRA appreciates that students may not wish to wait until they have completed their LPC to have these issues assessed so have made provision for early assessment of character and suitability issues. If you are concerned that you may have a character and suitability issue and wish to follow the early assessment procedure please click here.

Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage (CCAS) is no longer required from the SRA.

Instead, you will be required to satisfy BPP that you meet the academic requirements for admission onto the LPC at the time of registration by producing your original qualifying law degree or GDL/CPE transcript.

 

International students

For more information:
Tel: +44 (0)207 430 7065
Email: internationaladmissions@bpp.com

 

Study locations

You can study for the LPC in many of the UK's major cities – allowing you to complete the programme without moving from where you live or work.

Study centres in the following cities:

 

International students 

International students with Tier 4 student visas cannot study the LPC in our Cambridge study centre.


LPC Fast Track study centres:


You can also view the start dates for each location.

January 2015 Start LPC


Paying for your LPC

Exclusive Law Loan

A Law Loan, from Investec, of up to £25,000 is available exclusively to BPP's full and part-time LPC students

Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by telephoning 03332 209 864, emailing admissions@bpp.com or by visiting the Investec website

Instalment options

UK/EU and international students can study part or full-time and we offer several interest free instalment plans to spread the cost of your LPC.  Download a full list of fees and payment plans for 2014 (PDF, 222KB).

Fees are the same whether you are a citizen of the UK/EU or an international student. However, as an international student you will follow a different payment plan (PDF, 12KB).

Standalone electives

Location Per elective Three electives Total Course price
London £1,511 £4,533 £14,393 £9,860
Bistol £1,186 £3,558 £11,303 £7,745
Birmingham £1,186 £3,558 £11,303 £7,745
Leeds £1,111 £3,333 £10,583 £7,250
Manchester £1,111 £3,333 £10,583 £7,250
Cambridge £1,186 £3,558 £11,303 £7,745
Liverpool £1,111 £3,333 £10,583 £7,250

September 2014 start

Full-time programme

Location Fees (incl. £350 deposit) SRA & CAB Total
Birmingham £11,279.50 £23.50 £11,303
Bristol £11,279.50 £23.50 £11,303
Cambridge £11,279.50 £23.50 £11,303
Leeds £10,559.50 £23.50 £10,583
Liverpool £10,599.50 £23.50 £10,583
London £14,369.50 £23.50 £14,393
Manchester £10,559.50 £23.50 £10,583

Part-time programme

Location Fees (incl. £350 deposit) SRA & CAB Total
Birmingham £11,280 £15.00 £11,295
Bristol £11,280 £15.00 £11,295
Cambridge £11,280 £15.00 £11,295
Leeds £10,560 £15.00 £10,575
Liverpool £10,560 £15.00 £10,575
London £14,370 £15.00 £14,385
Manchester £10,560 £15.00 £10,575

A deposit of £350 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module £800
Amounts payable to professional body for registration £23.20 to SRA

Funding your studies

You can contact the Student Finance Office for more information:

BPP University
236-240 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9JY

Tel: +44 020 7061 1301 
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7404 1389
Email: studentfinance@bpp.com

Scholarships

BPP welcomes and supports applications for student scholarships. We offer £300,000 of scholarships and discretionary awards for our law programmes.