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LPC Legal Practice Course

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The purpose of the LPC is to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to enable you to enter your training contract with confidence and to feel at home in the exciting, demanding and rewarding world of legal practice. We offer the latest version of the LPC, which enables you to study the course in one year full-time, or over two years part-time, but whichever option suits you best, you’ll benefit from the supportive team environment that we work hard to cultivate.

For September 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in September 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time


Solicitors Regulation Authority

Required subjects:

Qualifying Law Degree, CPE or a law qualification approved by the SRA.

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject, a Graduate Diploma in Law or a Common Professional Examination. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course content

We begin with an induction course to introduce you to the ethos of the LPC and concepts you'll encounter throughout the programme. You'll learn about professional conduct, IT and practical legal research.

To gain the LPC you must complete Semester 1 and Semester 2. The SRA requires all Semester 1 subjects to be taken at the same provider.

Semester 1

Core units

Full-time students will take Semester 1 units between September and March/April each year. Lectures and seminars will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Part-time students will study alongside full-time students, but for the duration of 2 years, teaching will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-5pm and occassional Fridays.

  • Property Law & Practice: A general foundation for knowledge and skills required in a conveyance transaction which you can build on in subsequent practice.
  • Litigation: Gain an understanding of the civil and criminal litigation processes, and the ability to manage these processes in a professional practice context.
  • Business Law & Practice (including Business Accounts): A good understanding of substantive business law and the institutional and transactional features of business law pervade all areas of practice, and are essential for practitioners. Knowledge of business accounts is seen as underpinning a solicitor’s ability to advise business clients in practice.
  • Accounts & Regulation - Professional Conduct & Regulation and Solicitors Accounts: Get grounding in matters of professional conduct, ethics and financial services. You'll gain an understanding of the Solicitors Accounts Rules 2011 in the context of systems and procedures which you will be exposed to in practice.
  • Legal Skills - Writing, Advocacy, Practical Legal Research, Interviewing & Advising, Drafting: You'll learn to produce a coherent piece of writing based on facts, general principles and legal authority in a structured, concise and, where appropriate, persuasive manner; gain skills in court advocacy, understanding and practicing fact and law analysis and preparing and presenting a piece of advocacy; understand the need for thorough investigation of a client's factual and legal issues, and the need for preparation and the best way to undertake it; appreciate interview techniques, particularly for assessing client goals and proposing solutions; and learn to accurately draft a range of documents assessing legal and factual issues.
  • Estate Management & Taxation - Wills & Administration of Estates, Taxation: Knowing about revenue law is seen as underpinning much of a solicitor’s working practice. Knowledge of probate, estate management and related work is essential to your legal profession.

Semester 2

Option units

Option units are taught between April and July each year. You can choose up to three of the following units*.

  • Commercial Property: Gain an insight into the type of work conducted by commercial property departments. You'll be exposed to complex documentation commonly found in such an environment, and this will give you a good grounding in the procedures involved in this area.
  • Commercial Law: Appraise the various legal and regulatory regimes applicable to commercial and corporate transactions, including the possible impact of European Community Law and Taxation.
  • Advanced Litigation: Develop your tactical and analytical skills and knowledge in a professional litigation context. You'll be introduced to areas of litigation practice including high-end commercial disputes, injunctions and clinical negligence.
  • Employment Law: This unit will introduce you to the sources of employment law and the types and definitions of a 'worker'. You'll appreciate the rights of and remedies available to employees and other workers, and different methods of dispute resolution in professional and commercial contexts. You'll also learn to assess employment problems, advise a client within the rules of professional conduct on a range of employment rights and to prosecute any claims arising from this, and appreciate the rights and obligations of the employer and employee and the consequences of their breach.
  • Family Law: Gain an understanding of the main areas of concern to a family solicitor and of the tactics and procedures involved in dealing with family matters.
  • Client in the Community: Develop a working knowledge law and practice in a field you'll find yourself involved in on a daily basis when in practice. Practice areas covered include welfare benefits, homelessness & housing law, children’s proceedings and juvenile crime.
  • Private Client: An introduction to matters you'll encounter within a private client department. You'll gain knowledge and skills to build on in subsequent practice.

*Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for LPC .

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Selection criteria

Background and experience

For the Legal Practice Course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Can meet the demands of a challenging course
  • Have excellent problem-solving skills
  • Have experience of managing workloads and meeting deadlines
  • Show professionalism and desire to become a solicitor.

This course demands a high level of commitment. Students will possess excellent written and oral communication skills. We encourage applications from those who can critically evaluate evidence and provide solutions to identified issues.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications. We would encourage you to make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. For more information, take a look at our postgraduate how to apply pages. 

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:

  • A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject of a qualifying Law Degree, CPE or a law qualification approved by the SRA, a Graduate Diploma in Law or a Common Professional Examination.

  • For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the Future Students Enquiry team if you are in doubt.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow. Some of these are based on experience. Contact the Future Students Enquiry team for more information.

Also, please make sure you are fully aware of SRA requirements, in particular relating to ‘character and suitability’ for admission as a solicitor.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each component of speaking, listening and reading, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

Course-specific funding

We recognise that studying to become a solicitor is a huge investment, especially when you add on the costs of books, accommodation, food, transport and travel, as well as tuition fees. Therefore, we’ve researched the UK funding support that’s available*.

* This course is not eligible for the new Postgraduate Loan scheme.


Many firms offer financial assistance to their future trainees, through paying the fees on your behalf in full or by providing an interest-free loan. However, be aware that there may be terms and conditions related to sponsorship. For example, you might be tied in to the firm for a set period of time.

Law Society

The Law Society bursary scheme has merged with the Diversity Access Scheme (DAS), which is now the only source of financial assistance available from the Law Society.

The DAS offers assistance with LPC fees to individuals who face or have overcome exceptional obstacles to qualify as a solicitor. Obstacles may be financial, social, educational or personal, or might relate to a disability or chronic health condition that makes qualifying as a solicitor challenging.

The scheme also provides successful applicants with work experience and mentoring opportunities. Information about those previously helped by the scheme, including a short video, can be found on our Diversity Access Scheme web page.

For information about other options for funding postgraduate study, check our postgraduate fees and funding section.


Completion of the LPC is a Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) requirement for anyone wishing to become a solicitor.

The BU LPC will give you a high level of interaction with professionally qualified staff in a realistic practice context. You will also have the opportunity to network with trainee solicitors and more senior members of the profession through our links with local firms, law societies, the Junior Lawyers Division and other bodies.

On completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for the LLM Legal Practice course, which is designed to further enhance your skills and knowledge base.

Some of our Legal Practice Course graduates are now undertaking roles such as*:

  • Associate director
  • Business support assistant
  • Mental health paralegal
  • Senior lawyer
  • Trainee solicitor.

Some of the companies that our Legal Practice Course graduates are now working for are*:

  • ABV Solicitors
  • Ashfords
  • Borough of Poole
  • Ellis Jones
  • Lyons Davidson.

Industries worked in

  • Law
  • Management
  • Local government.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

We also offer BU LPC graduates the opportunity to top-up their LPC to a full Master's with the LLM Legal Practice course, for an additional fee. You will enhance your skills and knowledge base by completing a dissertation in an area that interests you. It's expected that your dissertation topic will be in an area of law or legal practice associated with the knowledge and skills you developed on the Legal Practice Course.

*All information shown has been taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) or BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU pages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, (with or without attendance) you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates any changes to the course content.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
21/09/2017 The Local provider discount is currently not applicable for 2018 entry and is being reviewed

Course-specific funding

Local provider discount

Prospective LPC students who've completed their academic training at the University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, the University of Portsmouth or the University of Winchester will be automatically entitled to a 10% local provider discount on fees. The discount will be awarded when you enrol.


Required subjects added for September 2018 entry onwards:

Qualifying Law Degree, CPE or a law qualification approved by the SRA.

Key facts

No required subjects

29/01/18 Selection methods: Deletion of 'Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be invited to interview.' Selection criteria Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be invited to interview.
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