Postgraduate PG Dip

Legal Practice Course

Completing this LPC will partly fulfil the vocational stage of your training to qualify as a solicitor. You’ll be able to proceed to the next stage via a training contract.

Legal Practice Course

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    1 Year
  • Start date

    19 Sep 2022

Training requirements to qualify as a solicitor

Completing this course will partly fulfil the vocational stage of your training to qualify as a solicitor. Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, it meets the authority's training requirements and covers a range of legal subjects prescribed by the professional body.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Focus on realistic case studies and take part in workshops that explore the challenges of professional practice
  • Be taught by a team of academic staff who are qualified lawyers with wide-ranging professional experience that will feed into your learning 
  • Be supported by staff through a variety of option modules as you start to explore areas of interest

Also at Leeds Law School…

Completing this course will provide you with master’s-level credit points. You could further enhance your employability by completing a dissertation to secure a master’s in law . Visit our LLM Legal Practice Course page for more details. 

Law Trove

You’ll be able to access a wide range of law textbooks online for free through Law Trove, a subscription-only service offered by Oxford University Press.

Learn from experts

Your course will be delivered by qualified lawyers with significant professional expertise and experience. You’ll engage in activities designed to optimise your employment prospects and enhance professionalism.


As a student on the LPC, you’ll have a professional mentor. Your mentor will be a legal practitioner in the local area who can provide practical support and advice during the period of study and provide work-based learning and career opportunities. Local law firms engage with us by teaching, leading career development sessions, acting as mentors and judging and providing prizes for legal competitions.


Changes to legal education and training

Legal education and training have been subject to a detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review has examined the routes to qualification as a solicitor.

In September 2021, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) introduced the Solicitors Qualifying Information (SQE) as the route to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales.

There is a period of transition during which the LPC route to qualification remains.

An applicant’s eligibility to follow the LPC route is subject to the provisions of the SRA, and all applicants are responsible for ensuring they satisfy the SRA’s requirements for study and qualification via the LPC route.

For full details of the transitional period and the new SQE, please see the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) published guidance. Further information can be found by visiting additional SRA web pages Solicitors Qualifying Examination and Common Protocol on the Academic Stage of training. You may also find some helpful information in the Law Society of England and Wales guide to the SQE.

Why study Legal Practice at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Law in Practice lectures - previous speakers including human rights campaigner Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, and Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer
  2. Law Trove - an online service giving you free access to over 200 legal textbooks, meaning you spend less, if anything, on textbooks
  3. Learn from experts – this course is delivered by qualified lawyers with significant professional expertise and experience

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for the addition of an online blended delivery mode from September 2022. Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) approval is also pending. Details of the online blended delivery option along with the SRA approval will be confirmed on this course page and through the course specification available in the teaching and learning section on this page from August 2022. We are planning to run all assessments online for the online version of this course but this is subject to SRA approval and it may be necessary to undertake assessments on-campus. You are encouraged to contact the course team if you wish to discuss this further by emailing

PG Dip Legal Practice Course Legal Practice Course (LPC) student Sarina talks about her experience at Leeds Beckett.