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.
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.
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 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 Legal Practice Course.
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.
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.
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be invited to interview. 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 qualifying law degree, 2:2 or above or a Graduate Diploma in Law/Commom Professional Exam
- 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 AskBU Enquiry Service 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 AskBU Enquiry Service 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 minimum 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in the other 3 components 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Borough of Poole
- Ellis Jones
- Lyons Davidson.
Industries worked in
- Local government.
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.