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

    16 Sep 2024

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

Learning to suit you
Designed to be as flexible as possible, this course will give you the option to study on campus or via online distance learning. If you choose our online distance learning delivery, you’ll be able to access our live LPC workshops anywhere in the world using Microsoft Teams. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend some on-campus sessions during key times such as induction, revision and for employability events.

Leeds Law School uses an online assessment tool which will enable you to take exams off campus. The online assessment tool uses lockdown browsers designed to increase the security of digital exams. You can install this on Windows and Apple devices to sit your exams off campus. Please note, the online assessment tool does not work on Chrome Books or tablets.
If you don’t have a compatible device, you’ll have the option to attend on campus and sit a paper exam. If this option isn’t feasible, please ensure you’re able to access the relevant IT capability. 

Full details on studying via online distance learning are available in ‘Modules, Workload & More’ in the Everything You Need to Know section below.

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 Trove - an online service giving you free access to over 200 legal textbooks, meaning you spend less, if anything, on textbooks
  2. Mentoring scheme - benefit from being paired with a professional mentor from Leeds’ legal or business community
  3. Law in Practice lectures - previous speakers including human rights campaigner Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, and Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer 
  4. Flexible study – choose to study full-time or part-time, on campus or distance learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you a high-quality educational experience. Once enrolled on our LPC programme, you’ll be able to elect to take all of your assessments on campus or online. You’ll be provided with further details as part of the course induction process.

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