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Legal Practice (LPC Stage 1), PG Cert, University of West London

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University of West London

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About Legal Practice (LPC Stage 1), PG Cert - at University of West London

Course summary

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the first stage of a solicitor's professional training. It is an intensive, practical course designed to equip you with the law, procedure and legal skills you will need to work as a solicitor or trainee solicitor. We are validated and monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and receive excellent feedback from our students, so you can feel confident in the quality and standards of our course.

You will receive the training and support you need in order to become an effective trainee solicitor. In addition you will be able to access work experience opportunities as well as guidance and expertise from previous graduates who are now working as trainees or qualified solicitors.

The Guardian University Guide 2012 ranked us as the top modern London-based law school.

Other options available for PgCert Legal Practice (LPC Stage 1)

  • Full time - September 2017, Ealing site



2017-2018 Fees

Full-time LPC

Full-time LPC, Stage 1 only - £8,200

Students continuing to stage 2 will also have to pay £950 per elective.

Part-time LPC

Part-time LPC, Stage 1 part 1  - £4,100

The fee is for stage 1 part 1 only. There will be a further fee for stage 1 part 2 in the following academic year. Students continuing to stage 2 will also pay £950 per elective studied in each year.

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All applications for the part-time course can be made direct to the University of West London online via our website.

Applicants should have one of the following:
- A qualifying law degree, usually 2:2 or above
- A Common Professional Examination/Graduate Diploma in Law pass, usually with an average of at least 50%.

Character and Suitability Requirements
The route to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales also requires successfully meeting the requirements expressed in the SRA's Suitability Test.

This test is to ensure that any individual admitted as a solicitor has the honesty, integrity and professionalism expected of a solicitor and does not pose a risk to the public or the profession. You are assessed before you can start a period of recognised training and when you apply for admission as a solicitor.

If you believe that you have a character and suitability issue, for example a finding of plagiarism made against you while at university, you are advised to be assessed and to disclose this before you embark on a Legal Practice Course as it could affect your chances of qualifying later on. Every case is considered on its merits. The SRA will ask for written confirmation of the relevant issues, and you may be asked to appear before a Solicitors Regulation Authority adjudicator to explain your situation.

To have your character and suitability assessed early you need to complete the application for Eligibility to commence a period of recognised training. There is a fee payable to the SRA. Failure to disclose convictions and other issues is a serious matter, and may result in refusal of admission as a solicitor in England and Wales.

For more advice regarding the SRA's requirements, please consult the information on the SRA website:

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