To be eligible to take up your place on our LPC, you must comply with the requirements for commencing a Legal Practice Course (LPC) set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Failure to comply with these eligibility requirements means that the University will have no option but to cancel your place on the course.
If you are a non-EEA student you will also require a visa covering the full duration of your course.
University of Law LPC selection criteria
- Academic profile and achievement, generally a minimum of an actual or predicted second class honours law degree or GDL/CPE or MA Law*.
- A sufficient command of the English language to successfully complete the course - see English language requirements below.
- Any special circumstances revealed in your application.
- Academic or other references.
*This requirement is met by either: A) The award of a Qualifying Law Degree. Your law degree must meet certain academic standards in order to qualify. This must include having adequately passed assessments in the seven Foundations of Legal Knowledge – Public Law, Obligations I (Contract), Obligations II (Tort), Criminal Law, Land Law, Equity and Trusts and Law of the European Union; or B) Passing a Common Professional Examination (CPE)/Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/MA Law and being awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law, MA Law, or similar such as CILEX.
The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.
You must fulfil all eligibility requirements by the start of the course - failure to do so may result in you being prevented from joining the course.
Future trainee Solicitors
If you have been offered a training contract, you need to make sure the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has checked your "character and suitability" to be a solicitor.
This may take at least six months to complete if you have:
- Committed certain criminal offences
- Been found guilty of an academic offence
- Had serious financial issues (such as bankruptcy, Individual Voluntary Arrangements or County Court Judgments)
- Been subject to adverse regulatory findings
- Demonstrated any other behaviour that we would not expect of a solicitor (for example behaviour that was dishonest, violent or discriminatory).
Please take a look the SRA Suitability Test 2011 for more information and fill in the eligibility application if you need to tell them about any issues.
If you have nothing to tell the SRA, you can inform them of this when you and your employer let them know your training is due to start.
Should the SRA’s decision not be confirmed prior to the LPC start date, you can continue with the course but do so at your own financial risk.
Exemptions and recognition of prior learning
If you have previously studied a qualification or module(s) within a qualification which you believe may be considered for an exemption or recognition of prior learning (RPL), please refer to our website which provides further information and application details.
English language requirements
If you have completed a degree outside the UK and you do not come from a ‘majority English speaking country’, please provide a certified copy of one of the approved English Language Tests.
For more information visit our entry requirements page.
Months of entry
If you have a law degree or GDL and wish to train as a solicitor, we offer three options including an LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management to make your business ready.
- Qualify with an LPC, with the option to gain an MSc in Law, Business and Management or LLM in Professional Legal Practice at no extra cost.
- Develop your commercial awareness, critical thinking and the necessary professional skills to prepare you for the challenges of being a solicitor.
- Tailor your course to your specialist areas of interest through a wide choice of elective subjects.
- Study your LPC with a Masters and you could be eligible for a postgraduate student loan.
With a clear focus on your future employability, we are more confident than ever in your success and offer our LPC Employment Promise*. Get a job in nine months, or we’ll give you 100% of your fees back: 50% of your fees as cashback plus 50% of your fees as credit towards any further courses. * Please refer to our website for full LPC Employment Promise Campaign Terms and Conditions.
97% of our full-time 2016/17 and accelerated 2017/17 LPC students graduating in summer 2016 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time6 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details