Applying For The Legal Practice Course

The Legal Practice Course is designed for applicants who are currently studying or have obtained their Qualifying Law Degrees (QLD/LLB) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) in the UK or for those who have been admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FILEx).

Please refer to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) website for a list of the institutions that offer qualifying law degrees together with the award titles of the qualifying degrees: (https://sra.org.uk/students/courses/qualifying-law-degree-providers.page)

The LPC is not designed for students who have studied law degrees outside of the UK – unless it was in collaboration with a UK institution such as the University of London.

Entry requirements for the LPC

  • A Qualifying UK law degree (usually a 2:2 or above) or GDL/CPE
  • A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FILEx)

How does the application process work?

Your first step is to login or register on CAB via the login/sign up pages at the top right of the homepage.

Once you have logged in/registered, you will be asked to select which course you want to apply for – the GDL or LPC. (Please refer to course route map and eligibility requirements.) When you have made your course selection, an online application form will be created for you,. If you have previously made an application on CAB for the same course that you want to apply for again, your previous application will need to be closed by us. Please contact us at applications@lawcabs.ac.uk.

The LPC form is divided into the following sections:

Personal Details
Personal Details
Residence Details

Application Data
LPC Qualification Route
Course Choice
Academic History
Employment History
Reason and Personal Statement
Course fee payer

Reference request

Payment

Submit

You can complete the sections of the form in your own time and in whatever order you wish,but each section will need to be completed and saved before you can submit your form.

It is important that when you come to nominate a referee, you read the guidance notes on choosing a suitable referee carefully and that you check that the person you want to nominate is able and willing to provide a reference for you before you enter their details into your form. When you submit your form, a reference request will be sent automatically to your referee with a link to enable them to submit a reference in support of your application.

When you reach the fee payment section you will see a link to make the application fee payment via Stripe online payment processing.

After your application fee has been paid, please make sure that you submit your form in the 'Submit' section.

Your form will not be released to the institutions until your referee has submitted a reference. It is the responsibility of applicants to check that their referee has received the reference request. If there are any problems, please contact the CAB team at applications@lawcabs.ac.uk.

After your reference has been submitted, your form will be released to your chosen institutions.

CAB has no role in the process once your form has been released and it is the institutions themselves who will contact you to advise you of their decision when they have considered your application. We usually advise applicants to allow 5-10 working days for the institutions to respond, however, we are aware that this can take longer during busy periods.

When can I apply for the LPC?

GDL/QLD/LLB students can apply for their LPC anytime during their final academic year.

Do I need to register with the SRA before I apply?

Although applicants are not required to register with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) before commencing the LPC (http://www.sra.org.uk/students/students.page), if a potential applicant thinks they might have a character and suitability issue or are unsure as to whether they might have an issue, they can choose to submit an early disclosure. The fee for an early assessment is £100.

Please note that it is very important that potential applicants contact the SRA at least 6 months in advance of their anticipated LPC start date if they have character and suitability issues.

Can I apply if I have a criminal conviction?

Having a criminal conviction could affect your eligibility to qualify as a solicitor. Applicants with a criminal conviction are advised to contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) before embarking on their route to qualification.