The Legal Practice Course
The qualification system for solicitors has changed. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has introduced a new route to qualifying as a solicitor: the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).
This page covers the previous system, which applied until autumn 2021, and still applies during the 10-year transition period to 2031 if you’re already on the path to qualifying.
Once you’ve finished studying the foundations of legal knowledge, during your law degree or GDL, you must complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC).
The LPC is part of the vocational foundation of becoming a solicitor and will develop your practical skills.
You do not have to complete the LPC if:
- you want to qualify as an apprentice
- you've already gained relevant knowledge and skills, and can apply to the SRA to be exempt from all or part of the LPC
While studying, we recommend you: