Legal Practice Course (LPC)

If your goal is to become a solicitor, our LPC will prepare you for the demands of a training contract and professional practice.

We focus on your employability, helping you to gain the in-depth legal knowledge, commercial awareness and practical skills employers are seeking.

That is why our LPC is trusted by many leading UK and international law firms that exclusively send their trainees to study with us.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice is awarded by BPP University and is authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

We are so committed to your success that we offer our Career Guarantee. Gain a training contract within six months of completing our LPC or we will let you study another qualification to further enhance your legal CV, free of charge.*

  • Flexible study to suit you – learn full-time, part-time or fast-track, across three start dates and six city centre locations
  • Learn from qualified lawyers who can help develop your legal career, with links to firms and in-house teams at every level
  • Study our LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors), which embeds LPC modules and qualifies for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609
  • Top up your LPC to a full Master’s degree at no extra cost by completing additional business or academic modules**
  • Enhance your professional skills and commercial awareness through additional skills workshops during our Employability Week
  • Tailor your legal training to the practice areas that align with your career goals, through our wide range of electives
  • Expert support with training contract applications, mock interviews and CV advice from our Careers Service
  • Gain practical legal work experience by advising real clients through our award-winning Pro Bono Centre
  • New for 2018 - develop innovation skills sought by recruiters with our Legal Technology Innovation and Design module***

To apply, please select your preferred intake and study mode. 

Full-time and fast-track LPC applications are made through the Central Applications Board (CAB).

Part-time LPC applications are made directly to BPP University.

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Start Date: September

Length of Programme: 1 year Full-Time / 2 year Part-Time

Mode of Study: Study in the UK

Benefit from our Career Guarantee

If you start your PGDL and go on to study our LPC or BTC you'll benefit from our Career Guarantee.

If you don't get obtain a training contract or pupillage within six months of completing your LPC* or BTC** you can study another qualification at BPP for free.

Preparing you for practice

The BPP University PGDL is designed to help you make a smooth transition from being a non-law graduate into a career in law. We don't just give you an excellent qualification, we give you an insight into life in practice, so you enter the next stage of your training more informed, more prepared and more effective, and able to demonstrate a higher competency when applying for training contracts and pupillages.

Once you have successfully completed your PGDL exams, you have the opportunity to specialise or develop an understanding in alternative areas, take two extra modules and you could graduate with a Graduate LLB (Hons) awarded by BPP University.  The Graduate Diploma in Law is awarded by BPP University and is recognised as completion of the academic stage by the SRA and BSB.

When you have passed your PGDL, you're guaranteed a place on our LPC, the next step to becoming a solicitor. Or you can apply for our BTC, the next step to becoming a barrister. 

How the programme is taught

We assume you have no prior knowledge of law when you start your PGDL, so you get a full induction programme and a high level of support from day one. This includes outstanding learning materials and online resources. All study materials are included in the fee. All lectures and resources have online equivalents.

You'll be taught by our experienced legal professionals and academics with time split evenly between tutorials and lectures as well as regular consolidation sessions and a wealth of online resources. For full details view our Locations tab.

What you will experience in the classroom

BPP University's ethos is learning by doing. Classes are designed with an interactive focus, based on discussions, debates and resolving practical case studies. You will learn the academic knowledge, but as importantly you will learn how it's applied in practice, with a logical approach, presenting your arguments persuasively and in a structured manner.

You will study up to 21 hours a week consisting of live and online lectures and classes dependent on location and start date. Tutorials are taught in groups of around 18 students, giving you a high level of student/tutor contact time.

All our students also have a Personal Tutor and access to a Student Advisor, should you need any guidance or additional support outside of class time.

Independent research essay options

We offer a wide range of titles, and will always consider individual topics suggested by students. Current options include intellectual property, succession, company law, family law, housing law, medical law and public international law.

Study Options

Personalise your PGDL timetable

BPP gives you more control over the way you study with face-to-face, online distance learning, or a combination of both available. Classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening and weekends. Face-to-face PGDL classes are taught on two set days per week during the core teaching term, at the following centres, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge and Liverpool.

You can start in January or September. For full-time study, both options take nine months. Or if you choose part-time and start in January, you'll finish in 18 months – ready to start the LPC or BTC in September. If you start part-time in September the programme takes two academic years.

Optional modules

With the BPP PGDL, you're given access to an unrivalled range of additional modules, designed to get you ahead and give you the edge in interviews. Highlights include:

  • Company law module
  • Further specialist law modules – start specialising early in areas such as Intellectual Property or Public International Law, so you can demonstrate more expertise than other graduates.
  • Professional Skills modules developed with leading city firms – Featuring areas like legal writing and legal research
  • Mandarin Chinese – Gain an insight into the language used in one of the world's most important markets with free Mandarin Chinese lessons (London only).

Specialist careers advice

From the moment you accept your place until you secure your first legal position, you can use our careers service. With our one-to-one support, we aim to give you the edge when it comes to getting a training contract or pupillage. You'll have everything from access to our vacancies database to advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching, employer research and networking opportunities with top firms.

Part-time PGDL

Our part-time programme is designed to fit around your other commitments such as work and family. BPP offers a variety of part-time modes:

  • Evenings: taught between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. Each module is taught by a one-hour tutorial per week. All our lectures are recorded and made available to students online for flexibility of study
  • Weekends: one Saturday every fortnight, consisting of tutorials. Lectures delivered online
  • Day: taught on one half-day per week from 9am - 1.30pm in year 1 and from 9am - 2.40pm in year 2. Lectures are delivered online
  • Distance learning: weekly online lectures and tutorials with optional face-to-face tuition.

Modules

Course structure

The LPC is divided into two stages.

  • Stage One – study 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.
    • Advocacy
    • Business Law and Practice (including taxation)
    • Drafting
    • Interviewing and Advising
    • Litigation (Civil and Criminal)
    • Practical Legal Research and Writing
    • Professional Conduct and Regulation (PCR) (including Solicitors' Accounts (SA))
    • Property Law and Practice
    • Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Stage Two - select three elective modules from a choice of 16 in areas as diverse as Corporate Finance, Commercial Law and Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law or Immigration Law.
    • Advanced Commercial Litigation
    • Advanced Commercial Property
    • Advanced Criminal Litigation
    • Commercial Law & Intellectual Property
    • Corporate Finance
    • Debt Finance
    • Employment Law
    • Equity Finance
    • Family Law
    • Immigration Law
    • Insurance Law
    • International Trade and Transactions
    • Media and Entertainment Law
    • Medical Negligence and Personal Injury
    • Private Acquisitions
    • Private Client (Wills, Probate and Estate Planning)
  • Fourth elective (optional) - as all of our LPC teaching is also available in an online format, you will also have the opportunity to access the online materials for an additional elective for free,   to further enhance your specialist legal knowledge. This elective is not examined, and non-credit bearing.

New for September 2018 - Legal Technology Innovation and Design*

An area at the forefront of new skills sought by recruiters, this optional online module will focus on building the innovation skills that future solicitors will be expected to demonstrate.

  • Understand legal technology (e.g. AI, Blockchain, Big Data, and Automation)
  • Develop project management skills and techniques
  • Learn skills to design technology that responds to problems 
  • Engage in design thinking and process mapping vital in the legal workplace

Please note: all modules run subject to demand and may differ across all locations. *Subject to validation. This optional module is non-credit bearing and not examined. It can be studied in addition to any of the modules on the LPC and LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors).

Exemptions

BTC graduates applying for the LPC may be eligible for exemptions and discounted fees when applying with Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). For more information, speak to our admissions team.

 

Entry requirements

Educational background

  • Qualifying law degree minimum 2.2 or above

  • Non-law degree minimum 2.2 or above and a PGDL, CPE, or similar qualification such as CILEx

  • If you wish to study our fast-track LPC, you will be required to hold a 2.1 at degree level

English language requirements

If English is not your first language and you do not hold an honours degree that was delivered in English, you will be required to provide certified proof of ability in written and spoken English to, at least, IELTS 6.5 (overall) or equivalent.

 

 

Fees

September 2020

  • Birmingham:  £13,130
  • Bristol: £13,130
  • Cambridge: £13,130
  • Leeds: £12,290
  • London Holborn: £16,690
  • Manchester: £12,290

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

Funding your studies

LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors)

Our LLM Legal Practice (Solicitors) incorporates our LPC and qualifies for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906.Click here for more information.

Scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available across our law programmes. To find out more about these please visit: bppuniversity.ac.uk/scholarships

Additional funding options

For more information about funding options and student loans, click here.

 

Overviews

Full-time LPC

Our full-time LPC can be completed in nine months. Depending on your study centre location and subject to availability, the full-time course allows you to study over two, three or four days a week.

Fast-track LPC

Complete your LPC in seven months, with the same high levels of face-to-face contact, but condensed into a shorter period. 

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 per week.

Part-time LPC

We offer a variety of part-time timetable options, with lectures delivered online for maximum flexibility.

Employability

Preparing you for practice

We’re dedicated to making sure you are ready to embark on a successful career as a solicitor. Created in conjunction with leading law firms, our LPC is business-focused to reflect the demand by the profession for commercially-aware trainees.

Specialist careers advice

You can access our Careers Service from the moment you accept your place until up to 12 months after you complete your studies with us. 

With our one-to-one support, we give you the best possible preparation when it comes to getting a training contract. You'll have everything you need, including advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching and networking opportunities with top firms.

You’ll also be allocated an LPC tutor, who can advise you on applying for training contracts before your course commences.

Connecting you to legal employers

Through our Law School, Careers Service and Pro Bono Centre, we work with over 200 organisations that deliver legal services, including firms, chambers and in-house teams. We’re also trusted by many leading law firms who exclusively send their trainees to study with us. So whatever your career ambition, we’ll help connect you to the right people to succeed.

Employability Week

Our annual Employability Week will prepare you for practice through a series of workshops and lectures, aimed at enhancing your professional skills and developing your commercial awareness.

BPP Pro Bono Centre

Gain hands-on legal experience by volunteering for a project with our award-winning Pro Bono Centre. Opportunities are available at all of our study centres. Find a project.

How the course is taught

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 - throughout your studies you will have the support of a dedicated personal tutor and opportunities to sign up for one-to-one mentoring.

Small group sessions

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

SGS involve a wide range of different learning and teaching techniques, combining individual and team work, and involving:

  • Presentations
  • Mock hearings
  • Negotiations
  • Drafting exercises
  • Problem solving

Client portfolios

You will be taught your core practice areas 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 also illustrates how clients are often represented by different departments within a firm, which closely replicates real life.

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

Study materials

All study materials are included in the fee, including text and case books. All resources and lectures have online equivalents.

For the majority of the modules that you will study, you will be provided with a (hard copy) materials pack before you begin your studies. This will generally contain:

  • Module outline
  • Chapter handouts (accompanied by an online lecture)
  • SGS Descriptions
  • Your permitted materials for the module assessment (where applicable)

Classroom materials are drafted by our tutors who have worked in practice as qualified lawyers. This ensures that the practical activities undertaken in your SGS are all in the context of realistic case studies which thoroughly prepare you for working in practice.
Through the VLE you will be able to access high quality online lectures and SGS, so you can consolidate and revise whenever and wherever you choose.

Free top up to a full Master’s degree**

Why walk away with the standard LPC when you can top up to a full Master’s degree, free of charge?  

  • LLM Commercial Legal Practice - demonstrate the advanced commercial awareness that firms demand by completing two additional business modules.
  • LLM Professional Legal Practice – enhance your knowledge of legal practice by researching and writing one practitioner-focused project.

**To be eligible to top up to a Master's degree you must have been awarded BPP University's Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. This means that you must have passed both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the LPC within the three available attempts of each LPC assessment in each of those stages. If you have failed Stage 1 or failed a module in Stage 2 of the LPC and repeat Stage 1 or repeat a Stage 2 module successfully, you will complete the LPC but will not be awarded the BPP qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice and will not be eligible to top up your qualification to a Master's degree.

 

 

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