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:
|University of Law (London)||£15,240||£15,670||2.9%|
|City Law School||£14,000||£14,500||3.6%|
|University of Law (Guilford)||£12,450||£12,550||0.8%|
|Cardiff Law School||£11,485||£12,490||8.7%|
|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%|
|Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent)||£11,100||£11,300||1.8%|
|Bristol Institute of Legal Practice at UWE||£10,950||£11,000||0.4%|
|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%|
|Liverpool John Moores||£9,000||£9,200||2.2%|
|Leeds Beckett University||£7,700||£7,700||0%|
|University of West London||£10,950||TBC||TBC|
|University of Wolverhampton||£9,800||TBC||TBC|
|University of South Wales||£9,700||TBC||TBC|
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