The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, known as the Legal Practice Course (LPC) is your bridge between the academic world and professional life in a law firm. It is no coincidence that BPP University’s LPC is the first choice of many leading law firms who exclusively send their trainees to study with us. We are selected by these firms above other law schools because of the professional relevance of our education and the enviably high standard of our teaching, facilities, and materials.
By choosing to study your LPC with BPP University, you'll have the best possible start to your legal career:
- Top up your qualification to either an LLM Commercial Legal Practice or LLM Professional Legal Practice at no extra cost
- Add value and focus on your LPC by attending free additional workshops and events run by our tutors in conjunction with leading law firms to ensure you are practice-ready
- Flexible study to suit your schedule: full-time, part-time or fast-track, across three start dates and seven city center locations
- Learn from qualified solicitors, barristers, and judges who can help develop your legal career - any of our tutors still practice and have links to chambers, law firms and in-house teams at every level
The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice is awarded by BPP University and is authorized by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA).
How to apply:
- Full-time and fast-track applications must be made through the Central Applications Board (CAB)
- Part-time applications should be made directly to BPP University
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, 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 studies, you will have the support of a dedicated personal tutor and can sign up for one-to-one mentoring.
Free Masters top up
Why walk away with the standard LPC when you can top up your Postgraduate Diploma to our LLM Commercial Legal Practice or LLM Professional Legal Practice for free?
Develop the advanced commercial and business acumen that firms demand and ensure that you stand out from the crowd with our LLM Commercial Legal Practice. In addition to the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, you will complete two additional business modules which will enable 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.
Alternatively, convert your Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's degree in as little as 15 weeks with our LLM Professional Legal Practice. To do it, you need to complete one research project. You will be able to choose from a wide choice of specialist subjects from our full LLM programmes, such as Commercial Law, Financial Regulation and Compliance, Islamic Finance and Business Law, and Transnational Criminal Justice and you can even complete your research project online (from anywhere in the world), up to five years from starting the LPC.
Enhance your employability
From the moment you accept your place on our LPC, you'll have access to our careers service, which offers:
Application reviews for training contracts and placements in law firms, companies, and the not-for-profit sector
Support for researching firms
Advice on CVs and covering letters
Help with preparing for interviews and assessment center advice
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 career goals.
You’ll also be allocated an LPC tutor who can advise you prior to your course commencing. Their professional experience can benefit you if you are looking to apply for training contracts before starting on the LPC programme.
This is a great opportunity for you to develop your professional skills and to improve your personal brand to prepare you for your legal career. All LLM Legal Practice students will be timetabled to attend three compulsory workshops which offer essential tips on how to handle the first week in a law firm and develop your commercial awareness. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend a wide range a number of optional workshops designed and delivered in conjunction with leading law firms.
Flexible options to fit your lifestyle
You can choose to study your LPC full-time, part-time or on a fast-track basis. There are three start dates throughout the year in January, August, and September, depending on your chosen mode of study, so you can begin your studies at a time that suits you.
Full-time and part-time
Our full-time and part-time programmes are designed to fit your lifestyle. Depending on which center you choose and your start date, you can select from various modes and timetable options at some centers. Our full-time programme allows you to study over two, three or four days a week and our part-time programme is designed to fit around your other commitments such as work and family, with the day, evening, and weekend options and all lectures delivered online for maximum flexibility.
Fast-track (London only)
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. 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.
Please note, timetables are subject to availability and vary between center and mode.
How the programme is taught
Online learning materials
All of our full-time and part-time LPC students have access to high-quality online lectures in a variety of formats for you to watch as many times as you wish for both preparation and revision. A version of every LPC tutorial session (which we call a ‘small group session’) is also available online, so you can consolidate and revise whenever and wherever you choose.
Small group sessions – starting your professional practice
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 through online 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 and analyze a cause of action.
SGSs involve a wide range of different learning and teaching techniques, combining individual and teamwork, and involving:
- Mock hearings
- Drafting exercises
Classroom materials are drafted by our tutors who have worked in practice as qualified lawyers. This ensures that the practical activities undertaken in your SGSs are all in the context of realistic case studies which thoroughly prepare you for working in 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 also illustrates how clients are often represented by different departments within a firm, which closely replicates real life.
In Stage 2 when you study your electives, 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.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
BPTC students applying for the LPC may be eligible for exemptions and discounted fees when applying with APL.
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 BPTC graduates will be granted a 50% discount on LPC fees when applying with APL. This applies to students who completed the BPTC no earlier than five years prior to the date of their enrolment on the LPC.
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. Students applying with APL will not be granted an exemption from completing a training contract.
Students who have completed a pupilage should not follow the APL route as they are eligible to become a solicitor via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme regulations (QLTS).
September 2018 start, full-time and part-time programmes:
- Birmingham: £12,740
- Bristol: £12,740
- Cambridge: £12,740
- Leeds: £11,930
- Liverpool: £11,930
- London Holborn: £16,200
- Manchester: £11,930
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