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)
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.
How does the application process work?
- Once you have 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, pre-populated with the details you have registered with.
- The LPC form is divided into 10 sections:
- Personal Details
- Residence Details
- LPC - Qualification Route
- Course Selection
- Academic History
- Employment History
- Motivation and Personal Statement
- Course fee payer
- Reference Request
You may complete the various sections of the form in your own time and in whatever order you wish, however, each section needs to be completed and saved before you can submit your form.
Please note: 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 your proposed referee 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 and login details are generated and automatically sent to your referee so that they can submit a reference for you.
- When you have submitted your form, the person you have nominated as a referee will receive an automated reference request.
Please note: 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 email@example.com.
- 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.