It will cost you over £500 more to do the LPC this year than it would have done last year

2017/2018 price list shows fees up by as much as 11% at some universities

The cost of solicitor qualification just seems to be going up and up. Despite the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) pushing for a total shake-up of legal education — one which will apparently make it cheaper to become a lawyer — the 2017/2018 Legal Practice Course (LPC) price list shows fee increases almost across the board.

As can be seen from the table below, students paid an average of £11,045 to complete the vocational course in 2016/2017. The average rate for 2017/2018 now stands at £11,554. This is an increase of £509 (4.6%).

Of those LPC providers which have made their costs public, the biggest increase comes from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). There, budding solicitors will have to fork out £10,000 to take the course, an increase of £1,000 (11.1%) on last year’s £9,000 fee.

Other universities to considerably up their fees this year include Cardiff Law School (8.7%), Northumbria University (6.3%) and Anglia Ruskin (5.5%).

As for the two big players, BPP University and The University of Law (ULaw), 2017/2018 LPC-ers can expect more modest price increases.

All of BPP’s providers — Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester — have notched up their fees by 3.3%. This means that in the capital, BPP LPC students will now have to fork out £15,740 which, in money terms, is the most expensive rate among all of the course providers. By contrast, the cheapest provider in both 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 is Leeds Beckett University (£7,700).

ULaw too has adopted increases across all its locations. These increases range between 1% (Chester) and 4.5% (Leeds and Manchester). ULaw students will now, on average, pay £12,425 to sit the course, compared to £12,143 last year.

Legal Cheek reported last week on similar price stats concerning the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), which showed the average fee has dropped by £72. ULaw, slashing the cost of the vocational course at its London branch by 8%, will now charge students £17,500. Meanwhile BPP, opting to freeze fees for the forthcoming academic year, will charge London-based wannabe barristers £19,070.

Read the full LPC price list, from most expensive to least expensive, here:

Law School

2016/17 Fees

2017/18 Fees

% difference

BPP (London) £15,240 £15,740 3.3%
University of Law (London) £15,240 £15,670 2.9%
City Law School £14,000 £14,500 3.6%
Westminster University £12,000 £14,500 4.1%
University of Law (Guilford) £12,450 £12,550 0.8%
Cardiff Law School £11,485 £12,490 8.7%
BPP (Birmingham) £11,970 £12,370 3.3%
BPP (Bristol) £11,970 £12,370 3.3%
BPP (Cambridge) £11,970 £12,370 3.3%
University of Law (Birmingham) £11,950 £12,150 1.7%
University of Law (Bristol) £11,950 £12,150 1.7%
University of Law (Exeter) £11,950 £12,150 1.7%
University of Law (Leeds) £11,200 £11,710 4.5%
University of Law (Manchester) £11,200 £11,710 4.5%
BPP (Manchester) £11,210 £11,590 3.3%
BPP (Leeds) £11,210 £11,590 3.3%
BPP (Liverpool) £11,210 £11,590 3.3%
Bournemouth University £11,250 £11,500 2.2%
Sheffield University £11,000 £11,500 3.6%
Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent) £11,100 £11,300 1.8%
Bristol Institute of Legal Practice at UWE £10,950 £11,000 0.4%
Swansea University £10,600 £10,900 2.8%
Manchester Metropolitan University £10,068 £10,068 0%
Central Lancashire (UCLAN) £9,000 £10,000 11.1%
Northumbria University at Newcastle £9,400 £10,000 6.3%
London Metropolitan University £9,810 £9,900 1%
De Montfort £9,400 £9,750 3.7%
Anglia Ruskin £9,000 £9,500 5.5%
Liverpool John Moores £9,000 £9,200 2.2%
Birmingham City £8,900 £8,900 0%
Leeds Beckett University £7,700 £7,700 0%
University of West London £10,950 TBC TBC
Staffordshire University £10,600 TBC TBC
University of Wolverhampton £9,800 TBC TBC
University of South Wales £9,700 TBC TBC
National average £11,045 £11,554 4.6%

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11 Comments

Anonymous

These are for-profit businesses. If students decide to complete the LPC without funding or a training contract they do so at their own risk.

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Anonymous

Absolutely correct. I’ve done the LPC recently (BPP) and it is an extremely frustrating course really. The syllabus is infested with typos (as are the exercises in it), the facilities are just depressing and the institution itself is extremely bureaucratic and not student-friendly. Overall, it’s like the driving licence theory test centre, except you’re trapped there for 6 months or so.

Seriously, DON’T do it unless you have a TC lined up.

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Anonymous

How are people supposed to get training contracts if a lot of non city firms want their Trainees to be paralegals first and require the LPC to do this? Not everyone can/want to go into city law and get their fees paid for.

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Future US Trainee

Nonsense, I completed the LPC at last year with no TC lined up but was subsequently offered one at a US firm. I agree that the course is particularly frustrating and systemically flawed but that should not discourage students, who genuinely believe they are capable of obtaining a TC, from completing the LPC.

Unfortunately, there are numerous students who complete the LPC with no real intention of pursuing a legal career and thus waste enormous amounts of money – this overshadows those who complete the course with ambition and determination.

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Anonymous

There are plenty of people who do a four year undergrad. The LLB is typically a three year course. Taking out a loan and completing your LPC after your LLB is, in my eyes, the same as completing a four year undergrad course, except I’m going to have an LLB, an LPC and and MSc in Business and Management at the end of my four years which is even better.

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Anonymous

Yeah, you might as well do BPTC too. At the end of your five years you will have LLB, LPC, Masters and BPTC, so you will also get to call yourself a Barrister. One 16k loan that way or the other (not to mention any living expenses), who cares.

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Anonymous

Except the MsC is not a real MsC (speaking as someone who’s done the Ulaw LPC MsC) and the LPC is a worthless qualification outside of the legal profession. The only benefit to doing the LPC MsC if you’re not going into the profession is a few letters by your name, and the only people who choose to put those letters by their name are knobs.

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Anonymous

No – it isn’t the same. If you want to go into City law you really ought to be studying the LPC in London. That means a loan for the fees (or the amount the loan will cover) at c.10% and some other loan to cover living costs in London, which will invariably be much higher than most other university towns you might study a fourth year at. The two cannot be compared at all.

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Anonymous

“…which, in money terms, is the most expensive rate among all of the course providers”.

What other terms are there? Let’s ignore the typo earlier in the sentence too.

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