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Legal Practice Course (LPC) (PgDip)

10 months (full-time) / 2 Years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The Legal Practice Course is a mandatory professional qualification prior to a Training Contract and becoming a Solicitor. The LPC course aims to:

Special Features

Course Description

The LPC is a skills-based course to prepare a student for a Training Contract and for professional practice as a Solicitor. Assessment by examination, coursework and live skills assessment. Can be studied full-time over 10 months or part-time over 2 years.

Course Structure

The Legal Practice Course (full and part time) includes two stages - stage 1 and stage 2:

Stage 1:

Stage 2:

Each core practice area and vocational elective is assessed, as is Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors' Accounts). Each skill is also assessed. Assessments take different forms, including examinations and oral skills exercises. Each course begins with a Foundation Course designed to set the stage for the rest of Stage 1.

In the Foundation Course students are introduced to the course skills, to the core practice areas and to the other elements of the LPC, such as Professional Conduct and Regulation. In addition to the standard elements of the LPC, at Cardiff we also offer a short, optional course on Advocacy in Welsh (Eiriolaeth yn y Gymraeg).

Entry Requirements

Suitable for Graduates with a good Honours degree in law and any other subjects with CPE/GDL. Applicants must also show a commitment to the profession, (e.g. via a placement). Please see the Law School website for the full admissions criteria.

Full-time LPC

The full-time course commences in early September each year and finishes in June the following year. Stage 1 begins in September and finishes in March. Stage 2 begins in March and finishes in June.

How to Apply:

This course should be applied to via the Central Applications Board website.

Part-Time LPC

We began offering the LPC part time in September 2010, presenting an ideal opportunity for students to enhance their legal education in a flexible learning environment. The part-time course is taught over two years and has a combination of elements from Stage 1 and Stage 2 in each year. The course is delivered on Fridays, combining a mixture of face to face small group teaching and online lecture delivery.

The content and structure of our part-time course is the same as the full time course, except that the part-time course is delivered over 2 years, with a mixture of core practice areas, course skills and vocational electives in both years.

How to Apply:

Applications for the part-time course are made directly to the University via our Online Application Service.

Application Deadline: 31 July 2016 (full-time), 12 August 2016 (part-time)

Further Information

If you have any questions regarding either the full-time or part-time LPC, please feel free to contact us. Further information is available on the Law School website.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

  UK & EU International
Full-time £11,485 £15,125
Part-time £12,165
Fee payable
Year 1: £6,365
Year 2: £5,800
Fee payable
Year 1: £8,215
Year 2: £7,650
Deposit Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy. Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Please note that the tuition fee includes the costs of all texts and materials (£550), which you will require to study the course, and there will be no additional reading list materials to purchase.

The tuition fee also includes the administration fee charged by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA), which we are required by the SRA to collect from each student on enrolment. Currently, the fee is £15, but could be subject to change by the SRA.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Shani Hughes (LPC)  

Telephone: +44 (0)2920 876106 



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