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Costs of qualifying

This page provides an outline of the financial costs you may incur on the graduate route to entry.


Universities and colleges can charge up to £9,000 a year for courses, although you will not need to pay these fees upfront if you are from England and studying for your first degree or other higher education qualification.

Fees can vary depending on personal circumstances. Exactly what you are charged depends on the university you are attending, the course and where in the UK you are studying. You should check the prospectus of your university for exact fees and how much they are likely to rise over the length of your course.

There are no regulations stating how much universities can charge in tuition fees for most part-time courses. You will need to check this with your university.

Living expenses

Rent costs can vary hugely and will depend very much on where you decide to study. 

Other expenses include:

  • study costs - books, stationery, printing and photocopying
  • traveling to and from campus
  • food

There will be many more costs such as clothes, laundry and phone calls.

Converting to law

If your first degree is not a qualifying law degree you will have to complete a conversion course, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), to go on to the further stages of legal training. This can be taken over one year full-time or two years part-time.

The fees for the GDL varies between £7,000 to £10,000 depending on the type of course you choose and where you decide to study.

The Legal Practice Course

After obtaining a qualifying law degree or taking a conversion course, students must pass the Legal Practice Course (LPC). This is taken on a full-time basis over a period of one year or part-time over two years. This flexibility enables students to work whilst they are taking the course.

Full-time fees for the Legal Practice Course range from £8,500 to upwards of £15,000, depending on the type of course you choose and where you decide to study.
Read more on the LPC

The Law Society's Diversity Access Scheme supports people from low socio-economic backgrounds who want to become solicitors. The scheme can help you fund your LPC.

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