Taught course

Legal Practice Course

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

Academic merit normally evidenced by the possession, actual or predicted of a qualifying law degree or the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law.

Normally a minimum second class honours or an average of at least 50% actual or predicted in the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law.

The factors which are taken into account when making decisions on individual applications are:

  • Academic merit normally evidenced by the possession, actual or predicted of a qualifying law degree or the Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law
  • References - In the case of applicants who have taken or passed the examinations of the Institute of Legal Executives particular attention is given to academic references
  • The need to study in the area for strong personal reasons
  • Evidence of successful attendance and completion of courses in the past
  • Evidence of motivation to be a Solicitor (significant evidence of which may be provided by, among other things, prior or current relevant work experience, and/or application for at training contract, but may be provided in other ways)
  • As between applicants who are equally qualified in accordance with the paragraphs above, LJMU may give preference to those who are or have been students of LJMU
  • In all cases the admissisons process will comply with LJMU’s equal opportunities policy, which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation and disability.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 Visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of Visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a Visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Law is dedicated to educating highly effective trainee solicitors through our well respected Legal Practice Course. As an LPC candidate, you will join an established professional legal network and continue your professional development with the experts across a variety of legal fields.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
  • Full-time applications must be made via the Central Applications Board. Part-time applications must be made through the LJMU online application form
  • Long established employer network offers extensive networking and work-placement opportunities, including Solicitor Mentor Scheme and voluntary legal case work as part of the School of Law's Legal Advice Centre
  • Course emphasises the development of essential lawyers’ skills
  • High levels of student support
  • Pre-requisite to qualification as a solicitor allowing you to pursue a training contract with the legal profession

The Legal Practice Certificate programme produces highly skilled, commercially aware and effective Trainee Solicitors, who are prepared for the rigours and demands of a Training Contract.

We are fully committed to the provision of professional legal education and believe that our experience in this area allows us to understand the particular demands this course places on you. We also believe that we have effective systems in place to provide good support mechanisms.

Considerable emphasis is placed on practice and you will acquire a range of essential lawyers’ skills by carrying out realistic transaction-based tasks. Part of the programme will also involve taking part in role-plays, simulations, case studies and electronically recorded exercises and assessments.

The course does not follow the standard University calendar and runs from the beginning of September until June with only two weeks holiday at Christmas and two weeks at Easter/Spring Holiday.

Our highly regarded part-time route is often preferred by candidates who are currently in-work and would like to earn while they learn. It is offered in day release or evening modes. You will attend all day Tuesday in year 1 and all day Wednesday in year 2, or Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in both years. For people based in Merseyside or wishing to relocate back to the area, we offer the only part-time LPC in the region.

The future of LPC statement

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is proposing to change the route individuals must take to qualify as a solicitor.

The proposal is to create a new national assessment in two parts, covering elements of the current qualifying law degree (QLD) and the current Legal Practice Course (LPC). That assessment will be implemented nationally in 2020 and will stand alone; students will then have to decide how they will undertake the vast amount of learning required to pass the assessment. Higher Education Institutions and private providers are currently planning how they will develop learning programmes to support the new assessment.

Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Law has over 25 years’ experience delivering academic and vocational courses in Law, making us ideally placed to deliver high quality learning opportunities aimed at meeting the new assessment criteria. However, such a significant change is bound to lead to a period of uncertainty as the brand new assessment is monitored by the legal profession.

The legal profession already recognises the worth of the PG Dip/LPC course we currently offer and continue to deliver. The vast majority of practising UK solicitors have completed the course in one form or another. They recognise its rigour and the excellent preparation it affords for a rewarding and varied career in law. We believe it will take some time for the profession to have confidence in the new assessment, both as a measure of competence and as a predictor of ability to do the job.

We also believe that students who have the opportunity to qualify by taking the PG Dip/LPC course will be placed at an advantage when seeking employment within the legal profession.

As more details become known about the new national assessment framework and our academic response to supporting the new assessment, we will endeavour to update this page with further information.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations100

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090