Legal Practice Course (Full-time)  
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In the opinion of the profession and former students, Nottingham Law School is an outstanding place to study the LPC. The course has an excellent reputation amongst employers and students and provides you with the best foundation for a new and exciting career as a solicitor.

About the course

The Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Nottingham Law School has a reputation that is second to none. The course has continuously received the highest possible grading from the Solicitor's Regulation Authority of commendable practice in every area of the course.

Why you should study the LPC at Nottingham Law School

At Nottingham Law School (NLS) we are confident that our 2014 LPC will provide you with the best training currently available. Our knowledge of the legal employment market, our careers expertise and our experienced and supportive teaching staff will help you get your career off to a flying start.

NLS has an excellent reputation within the legal profession. Our LPC has continuously received the highest possible grading from the Solicitor's Regulation Authority of commendable practice in every area of the course.

There are many reasons to choose to study the LPC with NLS:

  • All our staff are experienced lawyers – many still practise - and students benefit from their practical knowledge.
  • We teach in small groups to encourage student participation.
  • Every student has a personal tutor. We know our students and support and encourage you in both your studies and in your employment applications at the start of your legal career.
  • NLS are fully aware of the challenges for law students in the current legal employment market. We constantly review our courses to ensure that they provide our students with the qualifications, practical knowledge and experience employers are looking for. 
  • At present we offer the LLM Legal Practice DL as a 'top-up' to the LPC which allows you to leave NLS with a Master's degree. We are currently working on further enhancements to this aspect of the course for the LPC for 2014 entry.
  • We are introducing a new elective – Advocacy – which will provide essential experience for anyone considering Higher Rights of Audience training.
  • We offer an award-winning pro bono programme, including a Legal Advice Clinic for the local community. Gaining practical legal experience gives you a head start when applying for jobs or training contracts.
  • You benefit from our visiting lecturers. As well as visiting professors we have a series of lectures each year by expert lawyers from leading law firms who share their insight and experience in their area of legal specialism. Reports of recent lectures can be found on our news pages.
  • Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure a training contract or other legal employment. Applicants are invited to a careers event in June, before the LPC course starts, so that you can benefit from working with our successful careers team.
  • We provide practical experience: the Bridge to Practice module will ensure you hit the ground running at the start of your career. 
  • Additional workshops are available to our students including Commercial Awareness training.
  • Scholarships are available and we also offer a discount to current NLS LLB and GDL students who progress directly onto the LPC.
  • Studying with NLS means that you have all the facilities a large Law School can offer plus the advantages of studying within a university environment which offers outstanding library, IT, support, sports, language and student union services.

We know that with a changing job market we need to provide relevant legal experience, networking events and careers support for our students to give you the head start that you require at the beginning of your career.

You can also study the Legal Practice Course part-time to fit around your other commitments. Transfers between the part-time and full-time course are possible.

Successful completion of the course enables you to proceed to a training contract and then be admitted as a solicitor. The job market is very competitive and whether you come to Nottingham Law School with a 2.1 or a 2.2 we can add value to enhance your CV and increase your employability.

Why choose this course?

  • An iPad will be provided for each LPC student to enhance your learning experience and use of online sources. Find out what your fee includes (Terms and conditions apply).
  • Our dedicated careers team will provide guidance and support to help you secure a training contract and any other form of legal employment.
  • The number of graduates obtaining a training contract or paralegal work is consistently high.
  • You will receive face to face teaching and you will be allocated a personal tutor who will look after your pastoral care while studying the LPC.
  • You will benefit from a supportive atmosphere in the Law School and will also benefit from the facilities available at a large university campus. There is a wide variety of sporting and other activities you can participate in and additional courses are available e.g. language courses.
  • Students who take the whole of our LPC after successfully completing a GDL, with Nottingham Law School or another provider, can apply for the award of a Graduate LLB* which is received after your successful completion of the LPC, to recognise your achievement. (Students coming through the ILEX route may also be eligible).
  • After completing this course you can top-up your credit points and gain an additional LLM Legal Practice.

*Please note that those students who are exempt from some of the GDL subjects may not be eligible for a Graduate LLB.

Entry requirements

See the Applying section for full details.

Open day

We hold open days in autumn, spring and early summer each year for anyone considering studying on the Nottingham Law School LPC. The day provides the opportunity for you to find out more about the course, meet tutors and current students, take a campus tour, view our facilities and take part in a careers workshop providing advice on how to gain a training contract. Find out further details and to book your place.

SRA Membership

The SRA has guidance for LPC students and providers on meeting SRA enrolment deadlines. It is important you check the SRA website regularly to ensure you comply with current requirements and deadlines.

LPC students starting in September 2014 will shortly be able to register using the SRA's online enrolment system

Student enrolment is the process by which potential LPC students:

  • show they have satisfied the academic stage requirements and are therefore eligible and sufficiently qualified to continue to the vocational stage of training,
  • show by passing the Suitability Test that they are of the appropriate character to continue to the next stage of training on the route to becoming a solicitor, and
  • bring them within the regulatory regime of the SRA.

SRA information

As part of the work that the SRA are currently undertaking on Training for Tomorrow, the Education and Training Unit have put forward proposals to simplify the training regulations.

Within these proposals, the SRA will be consulting on the removal of the requirement for students to apply for a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage of Training (CAST), and Student Enrolment (SE) from the SRA prior to commencing the LPC.

We will update this information as soon as the SRA consultation is completed. Further details will be included in our offer pack.


If you have any queries about this course please contact us:

Contact details
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460
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Fact file
Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: September
Course length: One year, full-time.
Study location: City site

Fees and funding:

Please visit our fees page. There is also an SRA registration fee which the Law School will collect from you and pay to the SRA on your behalf.

Career Development Loans may be available for this course through the Cooperative Bank and Barclays. Please check the details of the loans carefully, ensuring that they are suitable for your needs.

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