Taught course

Legal Practice Course

Institution
City, University of London · The City Law School
Qualifications
PGDip

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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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')
  • LLM in Legal Practice ('the LLM').


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.

Qualification and course duration

PGDip

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
lpc@city.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)207 040 0353