LPC Costs, Funding Options and Expenses
The LPC costs are a big deal for a lot of people. If you don’t get a training contract, or you fail the course, then those fees have gone to waste.
The course costs and funding methods all differ by some degree; if you have a training contract and your firm have agreed to pay your fees then it’s going to cost you nothing!
Otherwise you’re going to have to pay for the course for yourself – this will probably mean you need to take a loan out.
Legal Practice Course costs
The LPC fees depend on the part of the UK that you take the course. Generally speaking it’s more expensive to take the course in London. We have the fees for the main colleges and we have also collected information on how much the LPC costs if you take it at a university.
Note – these numbers were correct at time of writing. Please visit providers for more up to date information.
University of Law
London Bloomsbury and Moorgate both cost £13,300 for the one year full time course. At £11,350 Guildford is slightly cheaper, and cheaper still is Mancheser, Birmingham and Bristol at £11,000. The cheapest CoL LPC course is at York which costs £10,600. These fees include the £120 SRA fees which are required to be paid during the application process.
The course may also be taken over 18 months or two years part time. These may be done in the day time, evening or weekend.
Lean more about the courses available, and register your interest here.
There are 7 cities in the UK which house a BPP law school. These are London, which again is the most expensive location at £13,550. Birmingham, Bristol and Cambridge provide the course too which costs £10,660. Lastly Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester law schools cost £9,930 being the least expensive BPP institutes. Again the SRA fees are counted in these total costs. Doing the course part time over 2 years will cost the same amount as doing it full time (excluding other costs like accommodation).
Kaplan Law School provide courses in London. Their fees are £12,850 for the course but this is without the £120 registration and £80 SRA fees.
If you did your undergraduate course at the university you plan to do the LPC at there may be a financial incentive for doing so (a 10% fee reduction in some cases!). You should ask the finance department if there is any sort of discount available before making a final decision.
- £8,100 full time
Birmingham City University
- £8,240 full time
- £4,200 part time PA
- £10,300 full time for international students
- £11,000 full time
- £11,000 full time international students
Cardiff Law School
- £10,250 full time
Leeds Metropolitan University
- £8,000 full time
- £4,000 part time PA
- £11,500 full time international students
London Metropolitan University
- £8,600 full time
- £4,300 part time PA
- £8,600 full time international students
Manchester Metropolitan University
- £8,800 full time
- £4,200 part time PA
- £12,500 full time international students
Nottingham Law School
- £10,100 full time
Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
- £10,250 full time
- £5,230 part time PA
- £11,140 full time international students
University of Glamorgan
- £8,500 full time
- £4,400 part time PA
University of Sheffield
- £9,600 full time
- £8,059 stage one
- £2,980 stage two
- £11,530 full time international students
University of Westminster
- £9,950 full time
- £4,975 part time PA
All of these fees were correct at the time of publishing. This is not an exhaustive list; there were some institutions where the fees were not currently published. Some quick observations based on this data:
- £9,930 at BPP is the cheapest college to offer the LPC course at the Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester institutions.
- £8,000 is the cheapest price from a university LPC offerer which is at Leeds Metropolitan.
- International students on average pay more for the course.
- Doing the course part time either costs the same, or slightly more.
LPC funding options
If you already have a training contract, and you firm have agreed to pay all of your expenses, then great! All you need to do now is pass the course. If you have a training contract but they aren’t going to pay your fees, or you don’t have a training contract at all, then you’re going to need to find your own funding.
Getting a career development loan may be a good idea – you can ask for the Legal Practice Course costs as a loan and you won’t need to pay it back until after the course has ended.This is perfect if you have a training contract lined up because you will be able to start paying it back straight away.
Another option is to do the LPC part time. This is a good idea if you don’t have a training contract lined up because you can get experience, pay your LPC fees and receive the training all at the same time. This just needs quite a bit of effort (and luck) with being able to find a suitable part time legal role. Hopefully you will be closer to obtaining a training contract during your second year of the course. If you still don’t have one then you can go back to your job (perhaps full time) and continue to gain experience.
Other LPC expenses
Additional costs for the LPC should hopefully be minimal – all books are included in the course fees. You may also have to pay for transport and accommodation costs, so factor that into your budget too. Also have some emergency funds available just in case you need to replace a book or some of your study equipment breaks. You don’t want to be laptopless when there’s an essay to be handed in!
Does the LPC sound too expensive for you? Find out what else you can do with a law degree.